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  • The globalised problem of illegal plastic waste — Chan Tsu Chong

    2 weeks ago

    The globalised problem of illegal plastic waste — Chan Tsu Chong

    MAY 29 — The Malaysian government should be commended for acting assertively against the illegal importation of plastic waste. The Minister was right in pointing out that...

  • Why it's Japan and not China that holds the key in Asia — Rais Hussin

    2 weeks ago

    Why it's Japan and not China that holds the key in Asia — Rais Hussin

    MAY 29 — Before one is startled by the statement of the title, keep in mind two things: what Buddhists have long discovered, have always proven to be wise in their own ways....

  • World of difference between RFPs and open tenders — Ravinder Singh

    2 weeks ago

    World of difference between RFPs and open tenders — Ravinder Singh

    MAY 28 — In their letter "NGOs, experts free from accountability?" Timothy Tye and Joshua Woo state that the contractors for the PTMP were selected through a request for...

  • What May means to me ― Saleh Mohammed

    3 weeks ago

    What May means to me ― Saleh Mohammed

    MAY 28 ― It started with the most terrifying and as in recent days, a political turmoil. The start was the May 13, 1969 incident. The Sino-Malay sectarian violence in Kuala...

  • The Quota system: Where would we be without the Chinese and the Indians? — Dharm Navaratnam

    3 weeks ago

    The Quota system: Where would we be without the Chinese and the Indians? — Dharm Navaratnam

    MAY 26 — The Quota system. Something that rears its ugly head and gets prominence every once in a while. Whether it be about Matriculation or the request for a special...

  • Enhancing governance in Malaysia — M. Santhananaban

    3 weeks ago

    Enhancing governance in Malaysia — M. Santhananaban

    MAY 26 — I must congratulate and commend the IGP, Dato Seri Abdul Hamid Bador  for his stern warning to police personnel to cut off  all links with people associated...

  • Wrong to attribute Kula for predecessors’ work — Ramallingam a/l Balasubramaniam

    3 weeks ago

    Wrong to attribute Kula for predecessors’ work — Ramallingam a/l Balasubramaniam

    MAY 23 — I refer to the the opinion piece, Kula, the HR Minister we need, and here’s why, published in The Malay Mail on 10 May 2019. With all due respect to the Silicon...

  • Malaysians need answers about Axiata-Telenor deal — Joni Sundram

    3 weeks ago

    Malaysians need answers about Axiata-Telenor deal — Joni Sundram

    MAY 23 — There are still many questions that need to be answered before Malaysians should get behind the proposed merger between Axiata and Telenor, the Norwegian telco company...

  • Race quotas affect us all — Ikmal Rozlan

    3 weeks ago

    Race quotas affect us all — Ikmal Rozlan

    MAY 23 — Getting affordable education as a Malay is like shooting fish in a barrel. Getting affordable education as a non-Malay is like shooting at that same barrel but with a...

  • NGOs, experts free from accountability? — Timothy Tye and Joshua Woo

    3 weeks ago

    NGOs, experts free from accountability? — Timothy Tye and Joshua Woo

    MAY 23 — We are pleased that our article that raises critical questions about Penang’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has elicited responses from members of...

  • Who wins in a war with Iran? ― Amir Faizal

    3 weeks ago

    Who wins in a war with Iran? ― Amir Faizal

    MAY 22 ― Is the United States, and its allies, heading for war with Iran? No one knows for sure ― but tensions are definitely rising: a USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier...

  • Tribute to a true Malaysian champion — Martin Khor

    3 weeks ago

    Tribute to a true Malaysian champion — Martin Khor

    MAY 22 — SM Mohamed Idris was one of a kind.  He was a force of nature.  And in more ways than one. His passing away on 17 May was the passing of an era. I doubt we...

  • Govt needs to foster long term planning for cancer care doctors — Mastura Md Yusof

    3 weeks ago

    Govt needs to foster long term planning for cancer care doctors — Mastura Md Yusof

    MAY 22 — I refer to the recent Cabinet decision to turn down the request to harmonise General Practitioner (GP)’s fees and for approving the drug price controls. I can’t...

  • Young and suicidal in Malaysia — Wong Soak Koon

    3 weeks ago

    Young and suicidal in Malaysia — Wong Soak Koon

    MAY 22 — The tragic suicide of a 16 year old Malaysian girl has sent shock waves reverberating, the more so when it is learnt that netizens, whom she desperately polled, told...

  • The Penang govt's ‘invisible’ transparency and accountability — Ravinder Singh

    3 weeks ago

    The Penang govt's ‘invisible’ transparency and accountability — Ravinder Singh

    MAY 22 — In their article “Penang NGOs: An opposition force without accountability?,” Timothy Tye and Joshua Woo attack the NGOs’ opposed to the massive Penang South...

  • Why are NGOs starving Penang from growth? — Daniel Ng Hin Yip

    3 weeks ago

    Why are NGOs starving Penang from growth? — Daniel Ng Hin Yip

    MAY 22 — Before GE14, I was part of a team tasked to build a Smart State Master Plan (Smart City) for Selangor. Eleven months of pro-bono work followed by 24 months of providing...

  • Public-private partnerships fad fails — Jomo Kwame Sundaram

    3 weeks ago

    Public-private partnerships fad fails — Jomo Kwame Sundaram

    MAY 21 — After the failure and abuses of privatisation and contracting-out services from the 1980s, there has been renewed appreciation for the role of the state or government....

  • Saving face: Protecting predators in education — Concerned Educators

    3 weeks ago

    Saving face: Protecting predators in education — Concerned Educators

    MAY 21 — Teaching is a noble profession and Malaysian teachers are some of the most respected educators in the world1. This notion sets the perspective that a teacher, or any...

  • Crossing borders as a transwoman ― Maya Ova

    4 weeks ago

    Crossing borders as a transwoman ― Maya Ova

    MAY 21 ― Yesterday morning, I was travelling through KLIA. The usual process is to go through a security check. You may not understand but this is something that transgender...

  • The best defence is attack: Pro Penang state proposals have their say — Ahmad Hilmy Abdul Hamid

    4 weeks ago

    The best defence is attack: Pro Penang state proposals have their say — Ahmad Hilmy Abdul Hamid

    MAY 20 — When I read the article ‘Penang NGOs — an opposition force without accountability? — Timothy Tye and Joshua Woo’ the first thing that came to mind was...

  • The increasing need of fintech experts — Christophe Schinckus

    4 weeks ago

    The increasing need of fintech experts — Christophe Schinckus

    MAY 20 — When fintech is mentioned, the e-Wallet or e-Pay icon comes to mind for some. However, this new industry involves much more than financial transactions or services....

  • Penang NGOs – an opposition force without accountability? — Timothy Tye and Joshua Woo

    4 weeks ago

    Penang NGOs – an opposition force without accountability? — Timothy Tye and Joshua Woo

    MAY 20 — Our society needs constructive contribution from good NGOs (non-governmental organisations) to grow. Unfortunately in Penang, NGOs have descended to rally unwholesome...

  • Start fresh with the waste to energy initiatives — Santha Manickam

    4 weeks ago

    Start fresh with the waste to energy initiatives — Santha Manickam

    MAY 20 — The recent discussions on waste management in Malaysia have been positive. But more information needs to be circulated especially by the new Pakatan Harapan government...

  • Remembering the fight to defend Malaya during WW2 — Kevin Teeven

    4 weeks ago

    Remembering the fight to defend Malaya during WW2 — Kevin Teeven

    MAY 20 — As an American who recently spent 10 weeks visiting Malaysia, I found it welcome news to read in the Malay Mail on May 6 that the site of the Battle of Kampar...

  • Give Wan Saiful a break, he’s telling the truth — Geoffrey Williams

    4 weeks ago

    Give Wan Saiful a break, he’s telling the truth — Geoffrey Williams

    MAY 19 — Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Chairman of PTPTN, is fast becoming Malaysia’s very own Theresa May — a very good person with a seemingly impossible job! Rightly admired for...

  • Over-centralisation is stifling Malaysia’s promise: Why the Pakatan Harapan government will fail to deliver if it fails to decentralise — Andrew Yong

    4 weeks ago

    Over-centralisation is stifling Malaysia’s promise: Why the Pakatan Harapan government will fail to deliver if it fails to decentralise — Andrew Yong

    MAY 19 — Imagine that you live in a remote part of Sarawak. You live a simple life, but many of your basic needs have been neglected. The road that leads to your longhouse is a...

  • The Malaysian Government must uphold the customary international law of non-refoulement — Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor

    1 month ago

    The Malaysian Government must uphold the customary international law of non-refoulement — Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor

    MAY 17 — The Malaysian Bar is deeply concerned with the Malaysian Government’s action in deporting Praphan Pipithnamporn, an asylum seeker registered by the United Nations...

  • A personal view of what makes an effective media council — Yiswaree Palansamy

    1 month ago

    A personal view of what makes an effective media council — Yiswaree Palansamy

    MAY 17 — Just one month ago, a working group representing Malaysian publishers drafted a new law proposing a media council be established in our country, to regulate and oversee...

  • Time to stop pandering to the racist 'bogeyman' — Majidah Hashim

    1 month ago

    Time to stop pandering to the racist 'bogeyman' — Majidah Hashim

    MAY 16 — In Surah Al-Hujurat, verse 12, Allah tells us that we must avoid suspicion as much as possible. The reason for this is because there are times when the very act of...

  • Pakatan Harapan must address previous government’s shortcomings in tackling child stunting — Derek Kok

    1 month ago

    Pakatan Harapan must address previous government’s shortcomings in tackling child stunting — Derek Kok

    MAY 15 — The implications of stunting are extremely serious, both for the child and country, if left unaddressed by the present government. Under the previous administration,...

  • Remembering May 13: Darkest episode in our nation's history — Patriots

    1 month ago

    Remembering May 13: Darkest episode in our nation's history — Patriots

    MAY 14 — Those born after 1969 would not really understand what it meant living in a mixed ethnic composition with your neighbours in a cordial, friendly, peaceful and...

  • ‘Apa lagi PAS mau?’ PAS should make up its mind — Nathaniel Tan

    1 month ago

    ‘Apa lagi PAS mau?’ PAS should make up its mind — Nathaniel Tan

    MAY 13 — The latest controversy from PAS paints the picture of a party beset with confusion. Zaharudin Muhammad, an ordinary PAS member except for the fact that he is the son in...

  • In response to 'what teachers wants'... — Azizi Ahmad

    1 month ago

    In response to 'what teachers wants'... — Azizi Ahmad

    MAY 13 — I am referring to the article “What teachers want” (May 12, 2019) and would like to add some of what I think “teachers and educators” want. In my opinion, the...