Dina Zaman

Dina Zaman


Dina Zaman writes to find answers. Sometimes she doesn't. If she's not spending too much money on books, it's household items. She would like everyone to be happy.

Recent Opinions

  • 5 years ago

    Love kampung style vs urban romances

  • 5 years ago

    It’s all about the money

  • 5 years ago

    I don't mind, but they are not mine!

  • 5 years ago

    Let’s talk privilege

More from Dina Zaman

  • 5 years ago

    Reclaiming our ‘angin’

    AUG 6 — I have spent the last few years, travelling up and down this country, accompanying friends to see, and befriending, healers of all sorts. My adventures regale...

  • 5 years ago

    They’re from Australia, you know!

    JULY 23 — I’m in a familiar place again.  I’m sitting at the doorstep of a house, accompanying a friend who has a spiritual ailment. I am good at this:...

  • 5 years ago

    Has Malaysian Islam failed our young?

    JULY 9 — At the few Peacemeal, Crescent Collective and Third Space events I attended, I noticed many young Muslims, and a few mature ones around my age, attending and...

  • 5 years ago

    ‘There are many of us. We just don’t tell people.’

    JUNE 21 — “What do you think I am?” I was having coffee with a newly-made friend, who had contacted me via social media, to seek advice on a project she was...

  • 5 years ago

    The Handbag Theory Part II

    JUNE 11 — Sometime in May, a commentary by Lim Teck Ghee, director of the Centre for Policy Initiatives, stated that ultra nationalist group Isma was borne out of the...

  • 5 years ago

    The Handbag Theory Part I

    MAY 28 — The theory I had wanted to share with you readers over a month ago came to an almost abrupt end. It was meant to be a fun analysis of how the value of a (designer)...

  • 5 years ago

    There is still hope

    APRIL 11 — The recent passing of activist Irene Fernandez was greeted with great sadness not just by activists but also the communities she worked with. “She did...

  • 5 years ago

    Portrait of the middle class Muslim in Malaysia

    MARCH 21 — I am often asked what kind of Islam is practised in Malaysia these days. My answer is that it is driven by class, and urbanised. It leaves little room for rural...

  • 5 years ago

    A prayer for kindness

    MARCH 14 — I owe the Malay Mail Online three weeks’ worth of articles, but whatever I have written seems rather trite, especially during this time of grief. Perhaps I...

  • 6 years ago

    So, what is really behind the veil?

    FEB 5 — On February 1, 2014, theatre director Normah Nordin, the actor Sofia Jane and I had a reunion of sorts. Twenty years ago, Dramalab, a now defunct theatre company...

  • 6 years ago

    Holy men, holy women: What price progress?

    JAN 24 — I learned three things from my short stay in Sabah and they are as follows: One is that male proboscis monkeys have permanent erections, and that their noses do...

  • 6 years ago

    Holy men, holy women: A look at one kampung in Sabah

    JAN 10 — “Aku nak Islam lama balik. Bukan Islam ini.” (“I want the old Islam back, not the current one.”) I was in Sabah recently, right smack...

  • 6 years ago

    Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!

    DEC 24 — And so the holidays are here, and before my greetings are outlawed by the powers that be, let’s take this holiday season as a time to reflect on inter-faith...

  • 6 years ago

    Which version of Islam will dominate Malaysia?

    DEC 11 — I read Zurairi AR’s piece today and agree with him. While his piece spoke about how the next General Elections will be about the Islamist agenda, the reality...

  • 6 years ago

    Holier than thou?

    NOV 7 — Do people, i.e. Muslim Malaysians, remind each other of their obligations every second of the day?I don’t know if it’s me but lately the conversations I...