Category Archives: On the Beat

The royalty and Dr Mahathir

THE Council of the Royal Court in Selangor is more than a feudalistic, ceremonial body. Headed by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor, it is, in fact, a relevant and powerful panel which advises him on virtually all issues. […] Continue Reading

A living legend from Guangdong

From the land of Sun Yat Sen and Ip Man, a new giant has emerged; one who has changed the face of real estate in China and other countries.  THERE are a few legendary figures in Guangdong, the coastal province […] Continue Reading

Fearing the death of a dialect

Like most Penangites who are proud of their heritage, the writer is troubled that Hokkien isn’t spoken as much as it used to be.  IF there’s one clear feature that separates Penangites from the rest of the ethnic Chinese in […] Continue Reading

The multi-plot in politics

Good rapport: Najib and Hadi at a rally for the Rohingya in Kuala Lumpur last year. As the clock ticks towards GE, it’s getting harder to read between the lines in Malaysian politics. BY now, anyone following the country’s politics […] Continue Reading

Go ahead, make that choice

The right choice: Most Malaysians are fully aware of the lines of decency and law when it comes to appropriate attire. Every individual has the right to choose how he or she wants to dress. And we don’t need the […] Continue Reading

Wanted: Leaders who listen

Turning a blind eye: The grumblings over exposed hills are growing louder but little is being done to rectify the situation. MY family home in Kampung Melayu, Air Itam in Penang, is more than 56 years old. That’s about my […] Continue Reading

A legacy that is fast disappearing

Convent Light Street in Penang. THREE convent schools in Penang are in the news with talk that they may have to close down, supposedly because of dwindling enrolment. Naturally, this has become unsettling because Penangites are very sentimental, even emotional, […] Continue Reading

Ops Lalang, our dark days

Police crackdown: The reasons the police gave for the mass arrests under Ops Lalang was that racial riots were imminent. Thirty years after the operation, some of the same issues – race, religion, language – still plague some of our […] Continue Reading

A moderate Malaysia, the way to go

The recent actions of the Rulers and the strong statement issued by the Conference of Rulers are a beacon of hope, just when things seemed a bit pessimistic.  IT can get pretty daunting being a Malaysian frequent traveller, what with […] Continue Reading

There’s a lot more to Malaysia

IT’S fair comment to say that most Malaysians have probably never heard of Datuk Nasrun Mansur (pic). After all, he is seldom in the news. But this Sabahan is the Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister serving at federal level. […] Continue Reading