Opinion

  • Check out some of the 'fringe' films playing in local cinemas

    Aidil Rusli / 2 weeks ago

    Check out some of the 'fringe' films playing in local cinemas

    OCTOBER 6 ― With the summer movie season long gone now that we've entered October, the non-stop Hollywood blockbuster assault that's been with us since May is a thing of the...

  • Super-liberals need to get tough

    Boo Su-Lyn / 2 weeks ago

    Super-liberals need to get tough

    OCTOBER 5 — Super-liberals were predictably outraged at prime minister-in-waiting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s coinage of the term to attack them. Anwar was annoyed...

  • Not every Tan owns a football club

    Praba Ganesan / 2 weeks ago

    Not every Tan owns a football club

    OCTOBER 4 ― It’s a glass half full or empty scenario depending on the reader’s context. International trips can provide clarity, since in these away matches our Jaguh...

  • Malaysian liberals, the easy scapegoats

    Erna Mahyuni / 2 weeks ago

    Malaysian liberals, the easy scapegoats

    OCTOBER 3 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim isn’t afraid of liberals. No, he’s afraid of the “super liberals” a term he’s coined to apparently label anyone threatening the...

  • How ideology trumps information

    Alwyn Lau / 3 weeks ago

    How ideology trumps information

    OCTOBER 1 — One of my friends once told me that he would only believe in God if he received a million ringgit, a beautiful wife, a bungalow, etc. At this point, my other friend...

  • Super-libs get a glimpse of the future

    Zurairi AR / 3 weeks ago

    Super-libs get a glimpse of the future

    SEPTEMBER 30 — IT is anybody’s guess what “super liberals” look like. But it is highly likely they don’t care about anyone’s sexual orientation. One could be gay, even...

  • The almost perfect country?

    Surekha A. Yadav / 3 weeks ago

    The almost perfect country?

    SEPTEMBER 30 — THE grass is always greener on the other side i.e. the idea that we (humans in general) often tend to imagine other people’s lives and circumstance as better...

  • 'Langsuir', 'Sebelum Iblis Menjemput', 'Paskal' and a potential awakening?

    Aidil Rusli / 3 weeks ago

    'Langsuir', 'Sebelum Iblis Menjemput', 'Paskal' and a potential awakening?

    SEPTEMBER 29 ― What is up with 2018? First, we got to witness the unlikely events of May 9 when an unlikely victory saw Pakatan Harapan end Barisan Nasional's 61-year reign as...

  • Save lives, cut alcohol taxes

    Boo Su-Lyn / 3 weeks ago

    Save lives, cut alcohol taxes

    SEPTEMBER 28 ― In 2016, the Barisan Nasional (BN) government raised the excise duty for locally-produced hard liquor by a whopping 150 per cent, from RM24 per litre to RM60. The...

  • Why faith in the poor works

    Praba Ganesan / 3 weeks ago

    Why faith in the poor works

    SEPTEMBER 27 — I’ll tell a story. Since you might think, that it is all politics with me. My uncle Thangga died years ago. Quite a while after my dad, but it’s been a while....

  • Remember, Malaysians, you saved yourselves

    Erna Mahyuni / 3 weeks ago

    Remember, Malaysians, you saved yourselves

    SEPTEMBER 26 — It’s been nearly two weeks but the hoopla around Billion Dollar Whale has yet to die down. A little cold water needs to be thrown here, alas. Sad as it is for...

  • What we can learn from the Predator

    Alwyn Lau / 4 weeks ago

    What we can learn from the Predator

    SEPTEMBER 25 ― (This is a spoiler-free commentary.) No matter how much you hate watching the Predator movies, I can tell you one thing: That ugly looking alien who kills humans...

  • Jadilah umat manusia yang amanah

    Bartholomew Chan / 4 weeks ago

    Jadilah umat manusia yang amanah

    24 SEPT — Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad baru-baru ini meluahkan perasaan malu beliau apabila rakyat Malaysia gagal membayar hutang pengajian selepas mendapat bantuan...

  • Is PJ Thum the last Malayan?

    Surekha A. Yadav / 1 month ago

    Is PJ Thum the last Malayan?

    SEPTEMBER 23 — Thum Ping Tjin aka PJ Thum, an increasingly prominent Singaporean historian, believes Singapore is part of Malaya. He is almost certainly right. This is a...

  • New killer Bs for you to check out

    Aidil Rusli / 1 month ago

    New killer Bs for you to check out

    SEPTEMBER 22 — Just a few hours before I wrote this, I read with much excitement about the announcement, launch and manifesto of a new Malaysian film production company calling...

  • Asean must stand up for themselves

    Boo Su-Lyn / 1 month ago

    Asean must stand up for themselves

    SEPTEMBER 21 ― My American friend Ken, a military veteran who did logistics work in the United States Navy, tried to explain to me what his job entailed, particularly in the...

  • Mahathir and Anwar’s battle for Umno

    Praba Ganesan / 1 month ago

    Mahathir and Anwar’s battle for Umno

    SEPTEMBER 20 — Hundred-twenty-four. Remember the number. Since these are busy days. Both the Anwar Ibrahim and Mahathir Mohamad camps are stuck in seemingly perpetual political...

  • PKR needs to be less of a cult and more of a party

    Erna Mahyuni / 1 month ago

    PKR needs to be less of a cult and more of a party

    SEPTEMBER 19 — I joke a lot about PKR being all about “justice for Anwar” over all things but the party has now become self-parodying. From the deputy prime minister to...

  • Seeking refuge in the Alps

    Helen Hickey / 1 month ago

    Seeking refuge in the Alps

    SEPTEMBER 18 — We headed to the cooler climes of the Alps in early August to try out an idea that’s been brewing for a while: a refuge-to-refuge trek.  Escaping the...