Stories from Opinion

  • 6 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...

  • 6 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,...

  • 7 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 8 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...

  • 8 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...

  • 8 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...

  • 9 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...

  • 9 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...

  • 9 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...

  • 10 months 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...

  • 10 months 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...

  • 10 months 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...

  • 11 months 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...

  • 11 months ago

    ‘Sinicisation’ fears a facade for racism?

    MARCH 11 — There are many ways to spark off conversation about regional geopolitics and China spreading its tendrils across the globe with its One Belt One Road (Obor)...

  • 11 months ago

    Of sacred and profane places

    MARCH 4 — Roughly a week after the lunar new year started, a mosque in Singapore held a Chinese New Year event in its compound, as a show of close ties between the Muslim and...

  • 11 months ago

    #FreeTariqRamadan and victim blaming

    FEBRUARY 25 — In September 2017, at the height of the #MeToo movement, popular Pakistani-American Muslim preacher Nouman Ali Khan was accused of acting inappropriately towards...