Hafiz Noor Shams

Hafiz Noor Shams


Hafiz Noor Shams sometimes swears a little at maddruid.com .

Recent Opinions

  • 3 years ago

    A tiny manifestation of Malaysian regression

  • 3 years ago

    Government failure causes bauxite vigilantism

  • 3 years ago

    Us during the Decadence

  • 3 years ago

    Troubling stories from Uber drivers

More from Hafiz Noor Shams

  • 4 years ago

    I am ashamed to be a Malaysian

    SEPTEMBER 29 — I think I am well-exposed to foreigners’ opinions about Malaysia beyond the editorial stance of various foreign newspapers. I have friends of diverse...

  • 4 years ago

    Choice of words, and the shaping of opinions

    AUGUST 25 — When I think of the terms “coup d’état”, “overthrow”, “topple” and the like, I would think of a violent change...

  • 4 years ago

    Malaysian dystopia coming true

    AUGUST 7 ― Some dystopian science fictions rest on absurd premises. Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is a statist world of paperwork. There is a form to fill up for everything...

  • 4 years ago

    Pakatan without PAS will be weaker

    JUNE 30 ― I lament the end of Pakatan Rakyat. I truly believe the next most significant thing Malaysia needs to have in order to get to the next level is better institutions...

  • 4 years ago

    The excuse for doing nothing

    MAY 21 — I had a short consulting stint once long ago with a small firm. A lot of consultants like sexy terms but the one phrase that comes to my mind today is...

  • 4 years ago

    Almost First World economy but Third World politics

    APRIL 2 — When Datuk Seri Najib Razak first became the prime minister, he introduced us to his transformation programmes in 2010. It was the Government and the Economic...

  • 4 years ago

    Gentrification is the root cause

    MARCH 27 — I am not a stylish person and my sensibility gets offended if I have to pay more than RM10 for a haircut.  And so I typically go to an old barbershop within...

  • 4 years ago

    50 years outside of Malaysia

    FEBRUARY 14 ― The number 50 is psychologically special to almost everybody. Notwithstanding the debate about the age of Malaysia, whether it was 50 years old or 44 in 2007,...

  • 4 years ago

    The deficit can wait

    JANUARY 17 ― I have been supportive of the government’s attempt at closing the deficit. I do celebrate the significant fiscal progress made over the past five or six...

  • 4 years ago

    Where is our Jokowi?

    NOVEMBER 21 ― I think Malaysia needs Jokowi. When I write so, I do not mean Malaysia needs Joko Widodo the man per se as our prime minister. Instead, I am thinking about the...

  • 4 years ago

    Press on with economic reforms

    OCTOBER 21 — I do have complaints about various government policies but I do see improvement on this front at the federal level in the past few years. Two policies I am...

  • 5 years ago

    Malaysia is bigger than Malaysia Airlines

    SEPTEMBER 5 — Until AirAsia and the liberalisation of the airline sector in the past decade or so, Malaysia Airlines was the only real option for most of us when it came to...

  • 5 years ago

    Food racism: It still stinks!

    JULY 17 ― I think a lot of us Malaysians have engaged in those long neverending debates about racism before. The problem with these debates is that they are framed within...

  • 5 years ago

    Hudud for all is more honest

    MAY 16 — I am not a fan of Isma and its narrow worldview. I find them destructive to Malaysia but this time around, one of their views is useful. They want hudud to be...

  • 5 years ago

    Karpal Singh, the Rock

    APRIL 20 — I woke up to terrible news on Thursday. Lying on a bed and bracing myself for the work morning, I reached for my phone trying to buy some time to stay in bed. I...