Stories from Opinion

  • 4 months ago

    ‘End of days’ campaigning in Rantau

    APRIL 11 ― Under 20,000 voters in a Negri Sembilan hamlet on Saturday get to nudge race relations in Malaysia, in one direction or the other. Barisan Nasional-Umno’s Mohamad...

  • 4 months ago

    Bring on a national debate on the Malaysia Agreement

    MARCH 4 — The federal government recommits to the spurned 1963 Malaysia Agreement. Partly because it was an election promise, mostly because the Borneo seats sustain Pakatan...

  • 4 months ago

    Oh, Umno, we all doth protest too much?

    MARCH 28 — When Lokman Noor Adam and gang crossed the road to manhandle the anti-Najib student protesters in Kuala Lumpur last week, they was well within character. If you...

  • 5 months ago

    Who to hate if you want to thrive as a racist?

    MARCH 21 — A friend informs me the Bangladeshis have taken over the market. Something has to be done, he said. This is Pudu Market at the centre of the city.  My mind...

  • 5 months ago

    Thivakar can’t get a job, or the tale of the Umno think tank

    MARCH 14 — Four groups entered a bar to solve Malaysia’s race problems. An eager minister, equally eager men of a fresh opposition think tank, detractors of unsubstantiated...

  • 5 months ago

    Go positive, Pakatan

    MARCH 6 — Do you struggle for motivation? Perhaps with a diet, thesis writing, project management or even rainy days and Mondays. Then I have to tell you, don’t bother asking...

  • 5 months ago

    Is the old way... the only way?

    FEBRUARY 28 — In the old days, Semenyih was the place you passed on the Foh Hup 566 omnibus to Seremban.  For the past month, every politician possible has made the trip,...

  • 6 months ago

    Confidence and its erosion in Dewan Rakyat

    FEBRUARY 21 — Get close enough, and let politics do the rest. Which is why 118 keeps rattling in my head. The existentialist threat for the Mahathir Mohamad administration is...

  • 6 months ago

    Fake degrees and our political future

    FEBRUARY 14 — Malaysians are in love with degrees, it’s not the best kept secret. Obviously, this means by extension they, the rakyat, despise lies about degrees— when...

  • 6 months ago

    Colour up your rooms, landlords

    FEBRUARY 7 — Ah Meng is in town. So is Ah Kit, Ah Pit and Aji. So, I’m in a good mood and I’d like the following to not be an invitation for negativity. I’m not responding...

  • 6 months ago

    The PM we deserve

    JANUARY 31 — Names aside, what do Malaysians want from their next prime minister? The problem with names is it precludes a discussion about the actual job of a prime minister...

  • 6 months ago

    Najib is the champion, my friend!

    JANUARY 24 — You could have asked me 10 years ago, or even 20. Pakatan Harapan politicians are not funny, they’ve never been. Which is fine, since politicians are not expected...

  • 7 months ago

    Time for DAP to be truly Malaysian

    JANUARY 17 — The Democratic Action Party (DAP) is 53 years old, and after half a century in politics it has only experienced federal power for eight months.  Whether DAP...

  • 7 months ago

    How real is my 'mamak mee'?

    JANUARY 10 — At the corner of Del Monte and Araneta lay the scene for my education on food consumption. Glory, the supermarket, sold crackers. I did not bother to read the back...

  • 7 months ago

    Doublethink is our ideology

    JANUARY 3 — I’m a danger to every other Malaysian, if you followed the speeches at the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) Annual General Meeting last weekend....

  • 7 months ago

    The crazy year is upon us

    DECEMBER 27 — Brace yourself, you might have not seen enough in 2018 to be ready for what’s in store. This roller-coaster has more turns, spills and thrills left in it. These,...

  • 8 months ago

    Dysfunctional 2018... the winners

    DECEMBER 20 ― One man’s meat is another man’s tofu, a former vegetarian told me. It suits the occasion, the quote, I mean. Random, hazard-ridden and all kinds of into the...

  • 8 months ago

    The choice of fear over hope

    DECEMBER 13 — I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear...

  • 8 months ago

    Time to save the legacy schools

    DECEMBER 6 — Former inspector-general of police Hanif Omar spoke about a visit to his alma mater, Malay College Kuala Kangsar, when he retired from government service years...