What You Think

  • Was killing Suleimani justified? ― Peter Singer

    2 weeks ago

    Was killing Suleimani justified? ― Peter Singer

    JANUARY 7 ― On January 3, the United States assassinated Qassem Suleimani, a top Iranian military commander, while he was leaving Baghdad International Airport in a car with Abu...

  • M is For Mazlee — Rais Hussin

    2 weeks ago

    M is For Mazlee — Rais Hussin

    JANUARY 3 — What a way to usher 2020. Amidst the fireworks and all, the Minister of Education Dr Mazlee Malik was the first Cabinet Minister to be advised to resign. M is for...

  • 2020 economic prospects: Is Malaysia prepared? — Mazli Noor

    3 weeks ago

    2020 economic prospects: Is Malaysia prepared? — Mazli Noor

    JANUARY 1 — Earlier last August, the Economic, Real Estate and Entrepreneur Development Committee had anticipated that the trade war between the United States and China would be...

  • Spare some thought for immunodeficient patients — Bruce Lim

    3 weeks ago

    Spare some thought for immunodeficient patients — Bruce Lim

    DECEMBER 31 — Primary immune deficient (PID) patients, more so than the general population in Malaysia are alarmed by the news of first polio outbreak in Sabah recently. Unlike...

  • 20/20 reality of governance in 2020 — M. Santhananaban

    3 weeks ago

    20/20 reality of governance in 2020 — M. Santhananaban

    DECEMBER 31 — The present government was elected in a difficult and demanding but proper election and after almost twenty months in office its performance is the subject of some...

  • Zakir Naik: A constant thorn in our side — Adam Tan

    3 weeks ago

    Zakir Naik: A constant thorn in our side — Adam Tan

    DECEMBER 31 — It is a name we have all heard over and over again from the beginning of 2019, until the very end. Countless news articles, debates, and conversations have...

  • To peg or not? — Jason Loh Seong Wei

    3 weeks ago

    To peg or not? — Jason Loh Seong Wei

    DEC 30 — Recently, the Prime Minister admitted that the weakness of the ringgit might be a cause of the rakyat’s economic woes. We are heavily reliant on food imports, and...

  • Plight of Muslims: Quo vadis, KL Summit? — Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman

    3 weeks ago

    Plight of Muslims: Quo vadis, KL Summit? — Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman

    DECEMBER 29 — The world we live in today is much more interconnected than ever before. The lightning speed of communication, ease of travelling abroad, advancement of education...

  • Penang Bayan Lepas LRT – moving people or moving goalposts? ― Khoo Salma Nasution

    3 weeks ago

    Penang Bayan Lepas LRT – moving people or moving goalposts? ― Khoo Salma Nasution

    DECEMBER28 ― I am alarmed at the lack of transparency and due diligence shown by the Penang state government over the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP). Blueprints for public...

  • Loser teens ― Harold James

    3 weeks ago

    Loser teens ― Harold James

    DECEMBER 28 ― We are at the end of a decade that has no name. The 2010s cannot really talk about itself, and this confusion is only partly born of semantics. While the term...

  • The year of living dangerously — Rais Hussin

    3 weeks ago

    The year of living dangerously — Rais Hussin

    DEC 26 — 2019 was a tricky year for PH. After winning the election the previous year, the pressure was on full steam for the new government to meet the high expectations of the...

  • Youth unemployment and jobs guarantee — Jason Loh Seong Wei

    3 weeks ago

    Youth unemployment and jobs guarantee — Jason Loh Seong Wei

    DEC 26 — While the unemployment figure at the national level is a respectable 3.3% which in economics denotes full employment, the figure for youth unemployment, which has been...

  • If you want to cut allowances, start from the top — Jasmine Cho

    4 weeks ago

    If you want to cut allowances, start from the top — Jasmine Cho

    DEC 25 — It is rare these days, that we see the government making real, substantial decisions. Unfortunately, when it does occur it is the kind of decision that leaves us...

  • Syed Saddiq's New Year resolution — Razali Azman

    4 weeks ago

    Syed Saddiq's New Year resolution — Razali Azman

    DEC 25 — It has been a bad month for the Ministry of Youth and Sports. In response to the brickbats incurred after to the dissapointing SEA Games 2019 performance by the...

  • Malaysia, we’ll be alright — Amir Faizal

    4 weeks ago

    Malaysia, we’ll be alright — Amir Faizal

    DEC 25 — Anyone who has been paying attention to recent news headlines, or social media feeds, would likely conclude that the world is a dreadful place compared to where we were...

  • The problems with university rankings obsession — GERAK

    4 weeks ago

    The problems with university rankings obsession — GERAK

    DEC 24 — GERAK notes with interest the December 13th statement by the Public Universities Vice-Chancellors and Rectors Committee (JKNC/R) taking issue with criticisms of public...

  • Stronger ringgit: Tackling underlying structural & macroeconomic imbalances — Jason Loh & Alissa Azizi

    4 weeks ago

    Stronger ringgit: Tackling underlying structural & macroeconomic imbalances — Jason Loh & Alissa Azizi

    DECEMBER 24 — Now that the management of the ringgit (RM) seems to be the issue that has garnered the lowest satisfaction among Malaysians according to a survey by EMIR...

  • Selangor water crisis: Heads must roll — Jeremy Tiew

    4 weeks ago

    Selangor water crisis: Heads must roll — Jeremy Tiew

    DECEMBER 23 — For the first time in recent memory, I was not able to celebrate the Winter Solstice Festival properly on December 22 no thanks to the unscheduled water cut...

  • Why single out the DAP, Haniff? — Charles Santiago

    1 month ago

    Why single out the DAP, Haniff? — Charles Santiago

    DECEMBER 21 — I am confused. Is Haniff Khatri Abdulla a lawyer or the keeper of the country’s image where the rule of law is concerned? My hope was that the “political...

  • Empty gestures on climate change — Bjørn Lomborg

    1 month ago

    Empty gestures on climate change — Bjørn Lomborg

    MALMÖ, Dec 21 — Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, wash your clothes in cold water, eat less meat, recycle more, and buy an electric car: we are being bombarded with...

  • Rethinking our affordable housing policy ― Jahaziah Lim

    1 month ago

    Rethinking our affordable housing policy ― Jahaziah Lim

    DECEMBER 20 ― In the face of the Malaysian property glut and issues regarding home affordability, it seems that our plastered-on short term quick-fixes are starting to burst...

  • Rereading two national laureates — Wong Soak Koon

    1 month ago

    Rereading two national laureates — Wong Soak Koon

    DECEMBER 19 — The recent rise in unreflective, unthinking communalism from some quarters prompted me to reread two volumes of poems from our National Laureates (Sasterawan...

  • Poverty and domestic violence: Wicked bedfellows — Women’s Aid Organisation

    1 month ago

    Poverty and domestic violence: Wicked bedfellows — Women’s Aid Organisation

    DECEMBER 19 — In August, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Professor Philip Alston, conducted a country visit to Malaysia. It may have seemed an...

  • Europe’s age of humiliation — Slawomir Sierakowski

    1 month ago

    Europe’s age of humiliation — Slawomir Sierakowski

    DECEMBER 19 — In 2004, the American economist Jeremy Rifkin wrote a bestselling book, The European Dream, in which he proclaimed that the twenty-first century would belong to...

  • Pitfalls of strata living — David ST Loh and Rebecca Lee

    1 month ago

    Pitfalls of strata living — David ST Loh and Rebecca Lee

    DEC 18 — We felt compelled to write this letter to warn others of the pitfalls in Strata living compared to staying in a landed property especially when you have an unreasonable...

  • Do we need a ‘Race Relations Act’? — Jason Loh Seong Wei

    1 month ago

    Do we need a ‘Race Relations Act’? — Jason Loh Seong Wei

    DECEMBER 18 — There had been talk emanating from the government side of the need to enact a “Race Relations Act” — conceived as a catch-all term encompassing racial and...

  • People and robots: Working hand-in-hand towards Industry 4.0 — Darrell Adams

    1 month ago

    People and robots: Working hand-in-hand towards Industry 4.0 — Darrell Adams

    DECEMBER 18 — The image of robots taking over the human race is a common one, popularly explored by Hollywood and recently the subject of a Black Mirror episode,...

  • Narendra Modi’s second partition of India — Shashi Tharoor

    1 month ago

    Narendra Modi’s second partition of India — Shashi Tharoor

    DECEMBER 18 — At a time when India’s major national priority ought to be cratering economic growth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has instead plunged the country...

  • The right policy mix can help Malaysians make ends meet — Richard Record

    1 month ago

    The right policy mix can help Malaysians make ends meet — Richard Record

    DECEMBER 18 — One of the most striking things for economists who study Malaysia is the disconnect between what on the surface is by all means an impressive economic story with...

  • Taking responsibility for vaccine failure ― Amar-Singh HSS

    1 month ago

    Taking responsibility for vaccine failure ― Amar-Singh HSS

    DECEMBER 17 ― The recent unprecedented polio event in Sabah shows how fragile our health services are and how much vigilance is required to protect our children. Much has been...

  • The Kuala Lumpur Summit could be same old, same old ― Rais Hussin

    1 month ago

    The Kuala Lumpur Summit could be same old, same old ― Rais Hussin

    DECEMBER 17 ― If the Kuala Lumpur Summit is a minimum or ad hoc version of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), an event summoned immediately due to extra ordinary...

  • Rise of smart cities in East Malaysia is in the offing — Dayang Shuzaidah Abduludin

    1 month ago

    Rise of smart cities in East Malaysia is in the offing — Dayang Shuzaidah Abduludin

    DECEMBER 16 — Tech Trends 2020 predicted by Telenor Group which has highlighted 20 fast-moving smart trends may well provide parallel insights into the Smart City Framework and...

  • Vaccines and non-citizens: The ‘Health for All’ approach — Tharani Loganathan and Khor Swee Kheng

    1 month ago

    Vaccines and non-citizens: The ‘Health for All’ approach — Tharani Loganathan and Khor Swee Kheng

    DECEMBER 16 — The re-emergence of polio in Malaysia after nearly three decades has struck fear among health practitioners and citizens alike. Polio is a highly contagious...