Opinion

  • The PM we deserve

    Praba Ganesan / 3 weeks 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...

  • Why it’s hard to make Malaysians care about security?

    Erna Mahyuni / 3 weeks ago

    Why it’s hard to make Malaysians care about security?

    JANUARY 30 — The concept of physical security is easy to explain to most Malaysians; witness the heavy grilles on doors and windows, the automated security doors on houses. But...

  • Memahami erti sebenar persahabatan sejati

    Bartholomew Chan / 3 weeks ago

    Memahami erti sebenar persahabatan sejati

    28 JANUARI — Berapa ramaikah sahabat baik yang anda ada ketika ini? Siapakah mereka itu? Adakah sahabat-sahabat baik ini sentiasa bersama dengan anda bukan sahaja semasa anda...

  • Pakatan’s Cameron Highlands defeat not as bad as it looks

    Alwyn Lau / 3 weeks ago

    Pakatan’s Cameron Highlands defeat not as bad as it looks

    JANUARY 28 — I’ve lost count of the number of tweets I’ve seen declaring (or insinuating) that Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) defeat at the recently concluded Cameron Highlands...

  • Calling time on National Service in Singapore?

    Surekha A. Yadav / 3 weeks ago

    Calling time on National Service in Singapore?

    JANUARY 27 — Many Singaporeans have been asking this question over the past few days. Following the tragic death of Singaporean actor Aloysius Pang after an accident during...

  • Najib is the champion, my friend!

    Praba Ganesan / 4 weeks 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...

  • #MakanApa: Remembering my mother's 'poor people' cooking

    Erna Mahyuni / 4 weeks ago

    #MakanApa: Remembering my mother's 'poor people' cooking

    JANUARY 23 — Poverty is often misunderstood because people think it looks like a UN donations poster — skeletal children lying in a wasteland. In reality we are surrounded by...

  • Turut serta dan beri sokongan kepada program-program anjuran alumni sekolah

    Bartholomew Chan / 1 month ago

    Turut serta dan beri sokongan kepada program-program anjuran alumni sekolah

    21 JANUARI — Barangkali, saat-saat yang paling bermakna dan manis buat kebanyakan pelajar sekolah ialah berakhirnya peperiksaan awam yang diduduki oleh mereka sama ada UPSR,...

  • Learning should be strength-based (convex), not stress-filled (concave)

    Alwyn Lau / 1 month ago

    Learning should be strength-based (convex), not stress-filled (concave)

    JANUARY 21 — A new school year recently started. If the status quo persists, a small batch of learners will excel beyond all others, and another (hopefully very) small...

  • Finding Singapore in India

    Surekha A. Yadav / 1 month ago

    Finding Singapore in India

    JANUARY 20 — I am not an Indian. I am a Singaporean. I was born here and so were my parents.  Only on my father’s side can I find grandparents born in India, so yes there...

  • Four must-see films in Malaysian cinemas now

    Aidil Rusli / 1 month ago

    Four must-see films in Malaysian cinemas now

    JANUARY 19 ― Aside from being prime real estate for movies hoping to make their mark in that year's Oscar race, January has also long been known as a sort of dumping ground by...

  • Paying campaign volunteers may be unethical. Here’s why

    Boo Su-Lyn / 1 month ago

    Paying campaign volunteers may be unethical. Here’s why

    JANUARY 18 ― Malaysia is a strange democracy because we see nothing wrong and, in fact, expect our lawmakers and politicians to give us money for weddings, funerals, personal...

  • Time for DAP to be truly Malaysian

    Praba Ganesan / 1 month 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...

  • Tech Takes: The thing about fitness trackers

    Erna Mahyuni / 1 month ago

    Tech Takes: The thing about fitness trackers

    JANUARY 16 — I have a confession to make: I am a yo-yo dieter. Every so often I will go on a health regimen, drop pounds and once I reach a comfortable weight, I will go back to...

  • Online/public shaming and how it kills community

    Alwyn Lau / 1 month ago

    Online/public shaming and how it kills community

    JANUARY 14 — “We are defining the boundaries of normality by tearing apart everyone outside of it.” — Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed It was painful reading....

  • Johannians ‘wo men dou shi yi jia ren’

    Bartholomew Chan / 1 month ago

    Johannians ‘wo men dou shi yi jia ren’

    14 JANUARI — Lewat hujung tahun lalu, negara kita dikejutkan dengan insiden rusuhan yang berlaku di sebuah rumah ibadat di Petaling Jaya. Dalam insiden tersebut, ada...

  • Singapore’s hawker heritage is more than just about food

    Surekha A. Yadav / 1 month ago

    Singapore’s hawker heritage is more than just about food

    JANUARY 13 — So Singapore is bidding to have hawker food (in fact more broadly, Singapore’s hawker culture) inscribed on Unesco’s list of intangible cultural heritage. This...

  • Is Pakatan turning its back on us hoi polloi?

    Zurairi AR / 1 month ago

    Is Pakatan turning its back on us hoi polloi?

    JANUARY 13 — I was a guest on a TV talk show last week which discussed, among other things, the monarchy. Interestingly, it reminded me of an incident involving Lord Altrincham,...

  • My favourite Blu-ray releases of 2018

    Aidil Rusli / 1 month ago

    My favourite Blu-ray releases of 2018

    JANUARY 12 — Every cloud has a silver lining, people often say. With streaming bulldozing its way through the home video market even more in 2018 and sales of physical media...