Opinion

  • Old isn’t gold in Singapore

    Surekha A. Yadav / 3 weeks ago

    Old isn’t gold in Singapore

    AUGUST 30 — They say only death and taxes are certain in this life.  Though in fact if you avoid death long enough to have to pay lots of taxes, you typically have to face...

  • Playing with time with 'Tenet'

    Aidil Rusli / 3 weeks ago

    Playing with time with 'Tenet'

    AUGUST 29 — Five months is a pretty long time to finally feel excited about going to the movies again.  Yes, the cinemas may have reopened in July but this week is the...

  • 10 reasons to toast this Merdeka

    Praba Ganesan / 4 weeks ago

    10 reasons to toast this Merdeka

    AUGUST 27 — The long Merdeka weekend awaits.  There’ll be other occasions to rue a world gone mad and ruminate over a nation turned into a reality show rife with...

  • Colour blindness is the new apathy

    Erna Mahyuni / 4 weeks ago

    Colour blindness is the new apathy

    AUGUST 26 — One annoying new Malaysian catchphrase is acah woke (thinking you’re “woke”) that is often used to gaslight discussions about things seen as problematic now...

  • Waiting for some crazy rich (home-grown) Singaporeans

    Surekha A. Yadav / 1 month ago

    Waiting for some crazy rich (home-grown) Singaporeans

    AUGUST 23 — I love Hai Di Lao. What’s not to love about high quality hot pot with awesome sides and noodle-based theatrics for a reasonable price?   So I was happy...

  • Three excellent genre films ripe for discovery

    Aidil Rusli / 1 month ago

    Three excellent genre films ripe for discovery

    AUGUST 22 ― Next week should be a fun one at the local cinemas as the eagerly anticipated new Christopher Nolan film Tenet and a surprise sequel Bill & Ted Face The Music...

  • Pakatan’s gifts to Malaysian democracy

    Praba Ganesan / 1 month ago

    Pakatan’s gifts to Malaysian democracy

    AUGUST 20 — How can a coalition’s calamitous first term in office — which fell shy of 22 months — be categorised as a positive? A positive turn for democracy. Well, it...

  • Voting shouldn’t be expensive in Malaysia

    Erna Mahyuni / 1 month ago

    Voting shouldn’t be expensive in Malaysia

    AUGUST 20 — I worry about the upcoming election in Sabah and whether the turnout will be lower than expected, due to the challenges of logistics as well as the ever looming...

  • How to enjoy (or not) the National Day celebrations

    Surekha A. Yadav / 1 month ago

    How to enjoy (or not) the National Day celebrations

    AUGUST 16 — Last week, I happily wrote about how much I enjoy Singapore's National Day, in particular the decentralising of the military parade so our army can be seen by...

  • Two obscure genre nuggets you might want to check out

    Aidil Rusli / 1 month ago

    Two obscure genre nuggets you might want to check out

    AUGUST 15 — With Covid-19 disrupting all manner of businesses and modes of doing business, making 2020 a headache for bosses and businesses everywhere, it’s a given that the...

  • China’s Zhang carves unlikely path toward PGA TOUR’s Ultimate Prize

    Chuah Choo Chiang / 1 month ago

    China’s Zhang carves unlikely path toward PGA TOUR’s Ultimate Prize

    AUGUST 14 — Zhang Xinjun is pinching himself these days to ensure he is not dreaming. Growing up in Shanxi, China, where his parents farmed amongst the modest countryside, Zhang...

  • A Malay politics overhaul through gender equality

    Praba Ganesan / 1 month ago

    A Malay politics overhaul through gender equality

    AUGUST 13 — It’s the season for old men and their latest party tricks. Whether it’s the Slim state seat by-election or the impending Sabah state elections, aged men who...

  • Logic seems to have vacated Parliament

    Erna Mahyuni / 1 month ago

    Logic seems to have vacated Parliament

    AUGUST 12 — I'm still not over having a “new” government. You don't usually wake up one morning to find you have a new prime minister as well as a new political coalition....

  • Jangan alpa, sentiasa patuhi SOP

    Bartholomew Chan / 1 month ago

    Jangan alpa, sentiasa patuhi SOP

    10 OGOS — Nampaknya apa yang dikhuatiri oleh pihak berkuasa sebelum ini iaitu kemungkinan rantaian jangkitan Covid-19 akan terus merebak sekiranya rakyat alpa, hampir menjadi...

  • When pet owners don’t take their animals to the vet

    Alwyn Lau / 1 month ago

    When pet owners don’t take their animals to the vet

    AUGUST 10 — In a world as polarized as ours, our pet animals are one of the few things we care for unconditionally.  The label “animal lover” is virtually a...

  • Singapore celebrates 55 years of nationhood

    Surekha A. Yadav / 1 month ago

    Singapore celebrates 55 years of nationhood

    AUGUST 9 — Today we celebrate Singapore’s 55th National Day. Fifty-five years of existence as an independent nation.  It is an important milestone — for...

  • Emir Ezwan’s ‘Roh’ and the dread of isolation

    Zurairi AR / 1 month ago

    Emir Ezwan’s ‘Roh’ and the dread of isolation

    AUGUST 9 — It may be idiosyncratic to consume anything from the horror genre this year when 2020 itself seems like horror fiction come to life with a virus that brought the...

  • Two horror gems in Malaysian cinemas worth discovering

    Aidil Rusli / 1 month ago

    Two horror gems in Malaysian cinemas worth discovering

    AUGUST 8 ― More and more new movies are opening in Malaysian cinemas right now, but the line-up is still very much a horror-centric one as major Hollywood movies are still...

  • Merdeka salute: Malaysia’s Sikhs

    Praba Ganesan / 1 month ago

    Merdeka salute: Malaysia’s Sikhs

    AUGUST 6 — It was right behind the house. The gurdwara. Though we had to snake along  the lane behind the outhouse into Lorong Tujuh from our Enam. Into the Indian...