Category Archives: Comment

Digital Nasional Bhd should open up 5G rollout to more players

“The design, build and maintenance of the nation’s 5G network managed by Ericsson is estimated to cost RM11bil, around RM700mil lower than the total cost of ownership of the next closest bid,” DNB said in the statement. MALAYSIANS deserve more […] Continue Reading

Of vaccine pride and prejudice

IT SMACKS of discrimination, really. The European Union (EU) has now reportedly said that its approval of AstraZeneca doses made by South Korea, Thailand, India or Japan would not be recognised. Unfortunately, South Korea and Thailand produce AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccines […] Continue Reading

Covid-19 vaccine inequality: Wealthy nations hoard supplies and use them as diplomatic leverage

EYE-brows were raised when Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin lambasted rich countries for vaccine hoarding, describing the act as “cruel and unjust” against poor and less developed countries. The Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister drew similarity to the […] Continue Reading

Let this be the last lockdown

THERE is a lot of unhappiness on the ground. The extension of the lockdown has not surprisingly gone down badly, with most Malaysians grappling with the raging Covid-19 pandemic. Many have lost their jobs or will lose them soon. Their […] Continue Reading

Letter of the law

AS a rookie reporter jumping into the job at The Star more than 35 years ago, the first thing the news editor sent me out for was to cover the courts. I had to learn the basic laws, he said. […] Continue Reading

Just ramp up vaccination drive in remote areas

LONG Lamai, a remote village in Sarawak probably does not ring a bell with most Malaysians. Most of us would not even care about this remote Penan settlement, located near the borders of Sarawak and Kalimantan, Indonesia. The village is […] Continue Reading

A place called home

First office: Members of a chingay team demonstrating their skill with the Star flag outside the newspaper’s rented building in Weld Quay in Penang where the tabloid was launched in 1971. I HAD just completed my Sixth Form and was […] Continue Reading

James Bond through the years

I’VE watched all the James Bond movies. As far as I’m concerned, there is only one real Agent 007 who served Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and this honour can only go to Sir Sean Connery. As a fan of the […] Continue Reading

Memories of Mandela and a Malaysian’s role

A file picture of Mandela (left) with Dr Mahathir during his visit to Malaysia in 1990. IT hardly seems like three decades ago, but on the hot summer day of Feb 27, 1990, I stood on the tarmac of the […] Continue Reading

Fragrant Harbour still raising a stink

CHINA’s introduction of security laws is likely to sound the death knell for Hong Kong, at least that’s the general impression. However, in a case of shooting itself in the foot, the island’s rioters – dubbed pro-democracy protesters – killed […] Continue Reading