Opinion

  • Tech Takes: Do we really need so many digital wallets?

    Erna Mahyuni / 1 month ago

    Tech Takes: Do we really need so many digital wallets?

    APRIL 3 — Much as I think having plenty of options is great, I’m finding the overwhelming amount of digital payment options a mite overwhelming. From Boost to WeChat, Samsung...

  • Terima kasih doktor!

    Bartholomew Chan / 1 month ago

    Terima kasih doktor!

    1 APRIL — Dalam kehidupan seharian, kita harus berterima kasih kepada banyak pihak. Kita berterima kasih kepada kedua ibu bapa kita kerana bertungkus-lumus membesarkan kita...

  • Notes from Nusa Dua

    Zurairi AR / 1 month ago

    Notes from Nusa Dua

    MARCH 31 — Indonesian TV can be pretty boring. Spend around one hour watching, and you can pretty much determine which brand has the most money by which advertisement you...

  • Cambodia’s environment, Singapore’s problem

    Surekha A. Yadav / 1 month ago

    Cambodia’s environment, Singapore’s problem

    MARCH 31 — So, apparently, my neighbourhood smells of urine. That’s right, Yishun — that proud northern region of our island — denigrated by the ignorant as a hotbed of...

  • ‘Crazy Alien’, ‘KGF: Chapter 1’ and the strange quirks of the Asian blockbuster

    Aidil Rusli / 1 month ago

    ‘Crazy Alien’, ‘KGF: Chapter 1’ and the strange quirks of the Asian blockbuster

    MARCH 30 — Due to our overfamiliarity with Hollywood blockbusters, which probably take up more than 60-70 per cent of our cinemas’ screen time, even the most casual of film...

  • Other reasons why Malaysia should not ratify the Rome Statute

    Boo Su-Lyn / 1 month ago

    Other reasons why Malaysia should not ratify the Rome Statute

    MARCH 29 — Malaysia has acceded to the Rome Statute, which means that Malaysian citizens are now subject to the International Criminal Court (ICC) if they commit atrocities like...

  • Oh, Umno, we all doth protest too much?

    Praba Ganesan / 1 month 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...

  • Makan Apa: Winning the Malaysia-Singapore food war

    Erna Mahyuni / 2 months ago

    Makan Apa: Winning the Malaysia-Singapore food war

    MARCH 27 — It’s become a little ridiculous how often Malaysians make noise about Singaporeans “claiming” Malaysian food.  We moaned at Crazy Rich...

  • Jangan melawan keganasan dengan keganasan!

    Bartholomew Chan / 2 months ago

    Jangan melawan keganasan dengan keganasan!

    25 MAC — Dalam tempoh seminggu, kita menyaksikan “the best and the worst” di New Zealand. Yang dimaksudkan dengan yang terbaik adalah solidariti dan sokongan padu rakyat New...

  • Is anywhere out there safe from hatred?

    Surekha A. Yadav / 2 months ago

    Is anywhere out there safe from hatred?

    MARCH 24 — Just over a week ago, New Zealand suffered its worst terrorist attack. Dozens of people were gunned down while praying in two mosques in Christchurch.  The...

  • ‘The Golem’ and ‘The Appearance’ bring religious period horror films back

    Aidil Rusli / 2 months ago

    ‘The Golem’ and ‘The Appearance’ bring religious period horror films back

    MARCH 23 — Period horror films are not something you encounter often, especially in this age of streaming where budgets are getting lower and lower.  As with any kind of...

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

    Praba Ganesan / 2 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...

  • TechTakes: It's time to stop sharing hate on social media

    Erna Mahyuni / 2 months ago

    TechTakes: It's time to stop sharing hate on social media

    MARCH 20 — Too many of us are unwittingly enabling purveyors of hate speech. It happens each time we retweet or share messages of a hateful nature. In the beginning, I supposed...

  • Berilah kritikan yang membina

    Bartholomew Chan / 2 months ago

    Berilah kritikan yang membina

    18 MAC ― Baru-baru ini, ada seorang Menteri Kabinet yang mengumumkan kerajaan bakal melaksanakan projek kereta terbang pertama Malaysia yang dipacu teknologi tempatan pada tahun...

  • Singapore, Malaysia crawling towards a better relationship

    Surekha A. Yadav / 2 months ago

    Singapore, Malaysia crawling towards a better relationship

    MARCH 17 — Singapore and Malaysia agreed on something. These days, that counts as news.  Last week, it was announced that the two governments would suspend (but not...

  • Transactional sex is not outrageous

    Boo Su-Lyn / 2 months ago

    Transactional sex is not outrageous

    MARCH 15 – Just slightly more than 100 years ago, women in Britain could not vote. In the decades before the United Kingdom’s Representation of the People Act 1918 gave...

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

    Praba Ganesan / 2 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...

  • A clearer grand narrative for better days ahead

    Ryan Chua / 2 months ago

    A clearer grand narrative for better days ahead

    MARCH 13 — For theatre-goers, the Ola Bola musical was a return to past glory days when Malaysia ranked among the top footballing nations in Asia and qualified twice in eight...

  • #MakanApa:The love we try to find in food

    Erna Mahyuni / 2 months ago

    #MakanApa:The love we try to find in food

    MARCH 13 — It is a defining characteristic of Malaysians that we are generally obsessed with food — talking about food, while we’re eating, and already planning the next...