Category Archives: On the Beat

Home is where the heart is

Harking after a home: Officials have acknowledged that the lack of affordable housing is one of the issues that sparked the unrest in Hong Kong, which has been going on for months. — AFP Owning a house is the standard […] Continue Reading

Hazy shade of the heatwave

Forest fire in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia on September 14, 2019. -Reuters IT’S now decades into this rinse and repeat story, and miraculously, little has changed. The familiar sound bites of promised action are as hazy as the […] Continue Reading

Dicing with danger

REGARDLESS of their nationality, race and religion, it’s irrational and impractical for anyone to still talk about boycott in the age of global economy. Wake up, the world has changed! So, there’s no need to pretend or pose as defenders […] Continue Reading

Give kindness a chance

Spirit of Malaysia: Good friends (from left) Aimi Nurjannah Ahmad Fadilah, 10; N. Bhagawathy, 11; and Ong Chui Juang, 10; chatting by a Jalur Gemilang hung up at their school, Sekolah Kebangsaan Sultan Abdullah. — Bernama THERE is a certain […] Continue Reading

Plural Malaysia is an asset

Flag fest: The Jalur Gemilang is flown everywhere in the country during National Day as Malaysians celebrate together as one. COME Merdeka Day every year, the national flag is automatically raised in my neighbourhood. They are the everyday people of […] Continue Reading

Outwearing his welcome

Difficult guest: Zakir should get the message by now, says the writer, and drive straight to the airport. LET’S make this easy for controversial preacher Zakir Naik to understand better – he is a guest in Malaysia, but his presence […] Continue Reading

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap

This is how bad plastic waste on tourist-favourite Tioman Island can get. – Reef Check Malaysia THE Kinabatangan river in Sabah is one of the best places to view wildlife in Asia, what with its dense population of animals such […] Continue Reading

The cost of the Hong Kong protests

Protesters in protective gear holding up a symbolic yellow umbrella and an American flag while marching through the Sha Tin District in Hong Kong earlier in the month. Sights such as these are fuelling speculation about foreign involvement in the […] Continue Reading

Standing tall together

IT’S a little more than a month away from our National Day celebrations, when the nation turns 62, but ironically, instead of proudly celebrating being Malaysian, some of us are continuing to preach about race and religion. In negotiating with […] Continue Reading

Red blood runs through us all

Contrary to the belief of some, the frequent use of racist slurs doesn’t make it right in any context, and it’s high time it is eradicated. MOST of us have become desensitised to racist airheads and bigoted politicians, those who […] Continue Reading