Stories from Opinion

  • 1 year ago

    Rauzan Rahman and others bringing ‘dikir barat’ into the zone (VIDEO)

    FEBRUARY 2 — Malay pop artists have long attempted to incorporate the Kelantanese musical art form of dikir barat into their songs. Perhaps the most well-known is ethnic pop...

  • 1 year ago

    'Religionisation' of schools and a parent's dilemma

    JANUARY 26 ― The one glimmer of light that comes with Dr Mahathir Mohamad holding the education portfolio is the hope that he will finally have the authority to speed up his...

  • 1 year ago

    ‘Kampung People’ and re-examining the urban-rural divide

    JANUARY 19 — The first time we meet the family of Razif (Rashidi Ishak), he is getting ready for work, his ironed clothes delivered to him by the maid. His wife Mona (Elly...

  • 1 year ago

    Confronting Malay anxieties in 2020

    JANUARY 12 — It was undeniably swift and decisive, the response from Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and the Cabinet to what happened at a secondary school in...

  • 2 years ago

    Notes from Nusa Dua

    MARCH 31 — Indonesian TV can be pretty boring. Spend around one hour watching, and you can pretty much determine which brand has the most money by which advertisement you...

  • 2 years ago

    Aisyah Aziz and breaking the quiet desperation (VIDEO)

    MARCH 10 — The future of Malay pop may depend on collaborations with our brethren across the Causeway. Or with our female talents. Just listen to Aisyah Aziz’s latest single...

  • 2 years ago

    Hanna Alkaf and the power of threes

    FEBRUARY 24 — The number three has a lot of significance in Islam. For example, each washing in the pre-prayers ablution is preferably repeated three times. In the prayers, or...

  • 2 years ago

    Hael Husaini’s ‘Haram’ and the sweet allure of the forbidden

    FEBRUARY 10 — It was as if Hael Husaini has managed to crack the secret to winning this year’s 33rd Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) music awards, straight after doing it with his...

  • 2 years ago

    Is Pakatan turning its back on us hoi polloi?

    JANUARY 13 — I was a guest on a TV talk show last week which discussed, among other things, the monarchy. Interestingly, it reminded me of an incident involving Lord Altrincham,...

  • 2 years ago

    When old men write ‘open letters’

    JANUARY 7 — Writing “open letters” seems to be the hobby du jour — but perhaps particularly among old men of religious backgrounds. Most recently, Federal...

  • 2 years ago

    In 2019, the next step is to craft a new national narrative

    DECEMBER 30 ― The end of 2018 is fast closing on the maiden administration of Pakatan Harapan (PH), but for some this new government has yet to bring about a new country despite...

  • 2 years ago

    Notes from Elopura

    DECEMBER 16 — It was an incongruous view on a beautiful day. There we were with our toes in white sands, facing a clear bay teeming with corals and docile fishes, the shade of...

  • 2 years ago

    Dissociating Malays from the ‘amok’ mentality

    NOVEMBER 25 — WHAT was going through the mind of “Edi Rejang” when he decided to take it upon himself to harass a woman, just for doing her job? What possessed him to...

  • 2 years ago

    Singapore and food diplomacy

    NOVEMBER 18 — It was nearly past midnight. The media corps covering Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s official visit to Singapore was knackered, and we had just been...

  • 2 years ago

    The silver lining from Malaysia’s UPR

    Nov 11 — THE last time Malaysia had its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the United Nations, it was a bad time to cover human rights issues. What more to be a human rights...

  • 2 years ago

    Why ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ must go with BN’s fall

    NOVEMBER 4 — Last week, the Islamist lobby took protesting to an absurd new level by actually bringing along a coffin while marching towards Parliament. The protest was a...

  • 2 years ago

    Notes from Hoàn Kiếm

    OCTOBER 28 — “You should go visit the lake, today the roads are closed,” said the proprietor of an Old Quarter boutique hotel my family stayed in during our recent brief...

  • 2 years ago

    With Dr M’s return, Putrajaya folks dream of cafes

    OCT 21 — I usually dread sending my car for the usual maintenance service; not so much because it will burn a hole in my pocket, but because it means I will be without my car...

  • 2 years ago

    A missing journalist, terrorists and... us

    OCTOBER 14 — THE disappearance of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi last week has shaken the media community worldwide and United States-Middle East relations...