Stories from Opinion

  • 4 months ago

    Not every Tan owns a football club

    OCTOBER 4 ― It’s a glass half full or empty scenario depending on the reader’s context. International trips can provide clarity, since in these away matches our Jaguh...

  • 4 months ago

    Why faith in the poor works

    SEPTEMBER 27 — I’ll tell a story. Since you might think, that it is all politics with me. My uncle Thangga died years ago. Quite a while after my dad, but it’s been a while....

  • 4 months ago

    Mahathir and Anwar’s battle for Umno

    SEPTEMBER 20 — Hundred-twenty-four. Remember the number. Since these are busy days. Both the Anwar Ibrahim and Mahathir Mohamad camps are stuck in seemingly perpetual political...

  • 5 months ago

    Malaysia Day top five Baharu list

    SEPT EMBER 13 — Going positive. Consider these, for this Malaysia Day weekend. To help embrace Malaysia in these days of political volatility and fake news. 1. Look at the Asian...

  • 5 months ago

    Caned lesbians: The silly battle for all Malay votes

    SEPTEMBER 6 ― Kelantan and Terengganu see each other as brothers, as long as the latter looks up to the former as an older sibling. Seniority in a fundamentalist environment is...

  • 5 months ago

    Keep BR1M, call it BRYM instead

    AUGUST 30 — Bantuan Rakyat Yakin Malaysia (Malaysian People’s Confidence Aid) Change it to that, if the name reminds this government (Pakatan Harapan) too much of the previous...

  • 5 months ago

    Can someone tell the civil servants they are in #MalaysiaBaharu?

    AUGUST 23 — They have 1.5 million votes, so let’s be careful with them. What about this counter-view — to the oft-presented tedious argument about the number of civil...

  • 6 months ago

    Pakatan: 100 days of summer

    AUG 16 — Almost 100 days have passed, since Pakatan Harapan assumed power. This column chooses not to obsess over the 10 promises which the coalition targeted for/by/after...

  • 6 months ago

    Don’t euthanise the national history curriculum dudes

    AUG 9 — The Malaysian Cabinet members have another group competing with them for the most stressful job in the country, the Malaysian history syllabus writers. History...

  • 6 months ago

    Azmin to play safe, but set to hit Rafizi

    AUG 2 — The choices have presented themselves to Azmin Ali. To be as bold as Anwar Ibrahim himself and take the fight to his old boss, or to remain steadfast to the spirit of...

  • 6 months ago

    The false race for Malayness

    JULY 26 — Here’s the detractors’ claim. It’s not a Malay-led government as much as it is a Malay-adorned government. A range of brown on the outside, but all migrant...

  • 6 months ago

    Kindergarten fight over LRT3 budget

    JULY 19 — The problem with abbreviations is that with enough of them bandied about, one can’t tell a light-rail train system from a Star Wars droid. In just a week, since my...

  • 7 months ago

    Public transport needs a huge rethink

    JULY 12 ― I was not amused reading the news while outside the Connaught MRT station, two nights ago. Well mixed feelings, in a sordid way. Prasarana, which runs the city buses...

  • 7 months ago

    Change the vote system to liberate the vote

    JULY 5 — The answer to a circumspect Pakatan Harapan, a waning Umno and frustrated voters is to end the first past the post (FPTP) elections in Malaysia. The Election Commission...

  • 7 months ago

    Time to back civil society

    JUNE 28 — As of this week, Tabung Harapan has racked up RM126 million. In terms of the national debt as outlined by the new Pakatan Harapan government, it is 0.0126 per cent of...

  • 7 months ago

    Farewell, Nazrin

    JUNE 21 — Lame jokes, Arsenal, ecosystem, angry, bowling, private thoughts, karaoke, patience, unassuming, gentleman, sheep-herding, women, legacies, country and family. I've...

  • 8 months ago

    Charging for drinking water is evil

    JUNE 14 — Should restaurants offer free drinking water? I know they should, so I asked Sepang Council’s legal adviser 10 years ago. She was polite, and in summary told me it...

  • 8 months ago

    Oh joy, World Cup time!

    JUNE 7 — I’ll confess, if politics in Malaysia sorted itself out I would rather spend my days writing about football. It’s almost here, the World Cup and as usual the...

  • 8 months ago

    #MalaysiaBaru requires disagreements

    MAY 31 — Growing up in Malaysia, it is common to witness arguments shut down because they are sensitive to any given group of people. It’s a go-to method, to avoid virulent...