Stories from Opinion

  • 7 months ago

    New government but still stuck in old game

    SEPTEMBER 2 — IT is no surprise that Pakatan Harapan (PH) has suddenly found itself on the wrong side of the youths. Surely the euphoria of a regime change cannot last forever....

  • 7 months ago

    A look at some of Pakatan's baffling picks

    AUGUST 26 — Make no mistake, politics is already bewildering to most people. To expect those playing the game to make sense is futile. We saw examples of this over the general...

  • 8 months ago

    Toilet debates and the obsession with genitals

    AUGUST 19 — WHAT do you call someone who possesses knowledge and information, but decides to distort and misrepresent facts in order to perpetuate his personal beliefs and...

  • 8 months ago

    Arguing against Malays' 'Sundaland origins'

    AUGUST 12 — Earlier this month, historian Zaharah Sulaiman caused a stir in both popular and academic discourse after she was reported claiming that "Malay genes", or rather the...

  • 8 months ago

    Fear for the Malaysian ‘renaissance’

    AUGUST 5 — Around this time 61 years ago, British writer and politician Lord Altrincham wrote a scathing rebuke about the country’s monarchy, especially Queen Elizabeth II,...

  • 9 months ago

    Zakir Naik, another mess for PH govt to clean up

    JULY 15 — Absolutely nobody envies Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his team’s task: to sort out a seemingly endless laundry list of mess left behind by the previous...

  • 9 months ago

    Backs against the wall, Najib and his men turn to religion, human rights

    TIME is running out fast for former prime minister Najib Razak. It was inevitable that Najib would be charged in court for his involvement in the 1MDB scandal, and when...

  • 9 months ago

    Why bring down one autocrat but praise another?

    JULY 1 — Was there ever any doubt that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would sweep the Turkey presidential and parliamentary elections? The fact that Erdogan managed to grab more than 52...

  • 9 months ago

    Keeping an eye on the Baju Melayu

    THIS Aidilfitri, one of the most exciting things to watch on our phones or tablets was this viral video showing a new breed of samping; a sarong, usually made of songket, worn...

  • 10 months ago

    Keeping the Agong safe

    JUNE 10 — ON Friday, Malay Mail reported that two racist banners were found hanging outside a train station in Kg Dato Haron, Petaling Jaya. Later that day, we were alerted to...

  • 10 months ago

    The Malay-Muslim backlash has begun

    JUNE 3 — In a peculiar little sideshow on Friday, two pro-Malay activists were forced to lodge police reports to deny their involvement alleged death threats and a declaration...

  • 10 months ago

    When men talk about Birkins

    MAY 27 — EVER since the raids on the home of the ex-prime minister as well as apartments belonging to his family, my favourite genre of social media commentary these days has...

  • 11 months ago

    Islamists in the Cabinet

    MAY 20 — Malaysia was caught by surprise when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that he would be taking the education portfolio, in addition to being prime minister. While he...

  • 11 months ago

    GE14 results a slap in face for Islamist lobby

    MAY 13 — Today marks a year shy of five decades after the bloody race riot of 1969, and perhaps for the first time in ages Malaysians will feel less heavy in their hearts over a...

  • 11 months ago

    When celebrities become spokesmen

    April 29 — Rapper-producer Kanye West has never really been a public darling; widely thought of as a narcissistic, self-absorbed jerk with an overinflated ego. He became public...

  • 1 year ago

    Religion and political manifestos

    APRIL 15 — There are two more weeks before the campaigning period proper actually begins, but already we are seeing elements of religion subtly used, in a bid to win the hearts...

  • 1 year ago

    Thinking about rendang

    APRIL 8 — Like many Malaysians, especially those from a Malay background, I hardly think much about rendang. The humble dish of meat slow-cooked in spices with coconut milk and...

  • 1 year ago

    And so it begins... again

    APRIL 1 — In the federal administrative capital of Putrajaya, blue Barisan Nasional (BN) flags have “sprouted up” along the sides of many roads in the surest sign that the...

  • 1 year ago

    Of secret and broken engagements

    March 18 — When Malay daily Utusan Malaysia broke the news of DAP leaders Zairil Khir Johari and Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud allegedly getting engaged last week, citing an anonymous...