Opinion

  • Fear for the Malaysian ‘renaissance’

    Zurairi AR / 2 weeks ago

    Fear for the Malaysian ‘renaissance’

    AUGUST 5 — Around this time 61 years ago, British writer and politician Lord Altrincham wrote a scathing rebuke about the country’s monarchy, especially Queen Elizabeth II,...

  • Asean unity: Fact or fiction?

    Surekha A. Yadav / 2 weeks ago

    Asean unity: Fact or fiction?

    AUGUST 5 — This week saw the region’s political leadership repeat its call for Asean unity. Singapore (the current Asean Chair) was particularly explicit in expressing the...

  • What it means to be a Chinese Malaysian

    Boo Su-Lyn / 2 weeks ago

    What it means to be a Chinese Malaysian

    AUGUST 3 — I spent 20 minutes trying to read one paragraph of a news report in a Chinese daily, as my Chinese teacher patiently taught me what the characters meant. I am taking...

  • Azmin to play safe, but set to hit Rafizi

    Praba Ganesan / 2 weeks ago

    Azmin to play safe, but set to hit Rafizi

    AUG 2 — The choices have presented themselves to Azmin Ali. To be as bold as Anwar Ibrahim himself and take the fight to his old boss, or to remain steadfast to the spirit of...

  • Why are we legalising paedophilia, Malaysia?

    Erna Mahyuni / 2 weeks ago

    Why are we legalising paedophilia, Malaysia?

    AUGUST 1 — While neighbouring Indonesia has decided to ban child marriage, in Malaysia we have people protesting in defence of it. A child activist once told me, “We don’t...

  • Three liberal prophets of doom ― John Lloyd

    Reuters / 2 weeks ago

    Three liberal prophets of doom ― John Lloyd

    JULY 31 ― Liberal democratic institutions and states are under sustained pressure, from outside and from within. The question now is how well liberal and democratic defenses can...

  • Fathers, your time off is past its due date — Anjani Trivedi

    Bloomberg / 3 weeks ago

    Fathers, your time off is past its due date — Anjani Trivedi

    JULY 30 — It’s 2018 and much of the world is still trying to justify why fathers matter. The US doesn’t federally mandate parental leave of any sort, bracketing it with...

  • Malaysians and their addiction to smartphones

    Alwyn Lau / 3 weeks ago

    Malaysians and their addiction to smartphones

    JULY 30 — It was recently reported that Malaysia has the highest percentage of smartphone (or smart-gadget) addicts i.e. almost two-thirds of our population couldn’t live...

  • Masalah murung: Warga guru perlu dibela

    Bartholomew Chan / 3 weeks ago

    Masalah murung: Warga guru perlu dibela

    30 JULAI — Pendedahan oleh Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan Malaysia (NUTP), Presiden Kamarozaman Abd. Razak baru-baru ini bahawa masalah kemurungan dalam kalangan...

  • The future is atas nasi lemak

    Surekha A. Yadav / 3 weeks ago

    The future is atas nasi lemak

    JULY 29 — I spend a lot of time railing about the hipsterisation of everything. Like all sensible human beings, I curl my lips in slight disdain when I see a too-perfectly...

  • Apocalypse now and always

    Aidil Rusli / 3 weeks ago

    Apocalypse now and always

    JULY 28 — People often call Hollywood, and of course movies in general by association, the dream factory. It’s where people go after a hard day to forget the real world and...

  • Bees are brilliant

    Helen Hickey / 3 weeks ago

    Bees are brilliant

    JULY 27 ― Mornings were challenging enough getting four kids up for school plus Tom and myself to work. Then the animals started to arrive. Days are now kicked off by Dame Zeta,...

  • Disconnect between online and reality

    Boo Su-Lyn / 3 weeks ago

    Disconnect between online and reality

    JULY 27 — My neighbour is the sweetest old makcik. She buys her vegetables from a Chinese man who drives to the neighbourhood in his truck. We greet each other all the...

  • The false race for Malayness

    Praba Ganesan / 3 weeks ago

    The false race for Malayness

    JULY 26 — Here’s the detractors’ claim. It’s not a Malay-led government as much as it is a Malay-adorned government. A range of brown on the outside, but all migrant...

  • Laws are not for protecting your feelings

    Erna Mahyuni / 3 weeks ago

    Laws are not for protecting your feelings

    JULY 25 — The news about a law designed to make sure it’s illegal to insult anyone’s faith troubles me. Anti-discrimination laws are fine, but making it illegal to make any...

  • Rise of the new Little Napoleons?

    Terence Fernandez / 3 weeks ago

    Rise of the new Little Napoleons?

    JULY 24 — A senior minister recently sacked a newly-appointed official in his ministry after the latter attempted to get rid of two other officers. The official, who had been in...

  • Jangan terbawa-bawa dengan sikap dan budaya lama

    Bartholomew Chan / 4 weeks ago

    Jangan terbawa-bawa dengan sikap dan budaya lama

    23 JULAI — Nampaknya orang yang sudah meninggal dunia tidak terkecuali daripada menerima cercaan atau maki-hamun daripada pihak tertentu. Ini bukan kali pertama insiden...

  • #BlackSchoolShoes: It’s kind of a big deal

    Alwyn Lau / 4 weeks ago

    #BlackSchoolShoes: It’s kind of a big deal

    JULY 23 — One of the first things that freshmen in college notice is that the class students do not stand up and greet the lecturer when he or she walks in. There’s none of...

  • Mr President, you are not in charge — Jonathan Bernstein

    Bloomberg / 4 weeks ago

    Mr President, you are not in charge — Jonathan Bernstein

    JULY 22 — “There’s a lot — a lot — going on right now, much of it extremely serious and seemingly dangerous. So I suppose it’s not right that I’m hung up on this bit...