Category Archives: On the Beat

Only the brave teach

Show of solidarity: Fellow teachers and unionists gathering at the Seremban magistrate court last month in support of Cikgu Azizan (centre in white). ONE tight slap – I still vividly remember that hard, stinging smack across my cheek as my […] Continue Reading

Let the games begin

IBRAHIM Suffian, who has made a name for himself for his many surveys, walks a fine line. He gets shot at each time the findings of a survey don’t favour a particular party. If his survey touches on the high […] Continue Reading

A time to ponder

Dream holiday: Utsjoki was the ideal place for the writer to briefly escape the realities of life and catch the magnificent Northern Lights ― Dr Frieder Loesel UTSJOKI is a tiny, remote county in the northernmost part of Finland and […] Continue Reading

The storm over Jerusalem

A picture taken on December 19, 2017 shows a partial view of the Jerusalem's Old City with the Dome of the Rock on the right. -AFP THERE’S nothing more dangerous than a powerful but ignorant leader who spews a combination […] Continue Reading

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