Category Archives: On the Beat

A for effort

FIRSTLY, let’s congratulate the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidates who bagged straight As for their subjects, because this has been a difficult examination with so many uncertainties and disruptions. Despite the many obstacles, including school closures, the 9,000-odd students have […] Continue Reading

Shot in the foot

Check first: Don’t be too quick to forward your so-called news without verifying it. It’s so easy to pull the trigger on despatching ‘news’, but what if fact meets fiction? A POPULAR piece of fake news making the rounds is […] Continue Reading

Biting the bullet

Just take it: Now is not the time to be choosy about vaccine ‘brands’. The reality is that the odds of someone dying from Covid-19 is high. FINALLY! Sense has prevailed and something’s being done about the skyrocketing numbers. It’s […] Continue Reading

Is Covid-19 to blame or our apathy? The answer is glaring.

Tougher measure: It should be mandatory for employers to enforce mass targeted testing so that infectious contacts can be rapidly identified, since cases are increasingly asymptomatic. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star IT has been a pretty depressing few weeks for me. […] Continue Reading

Standing with the Palestinians

HAVING lasted 70 years, there’s every chance Israel will continue with its institutionalised violence against Palestinians, yet the United States continues to look the other way. Even some of the most powerful countries in the Organisation of Islamic Conference are […] Continue Reading

We can run…

Tapau only: Under MCO 3.0, dining-in at retaurants and food courts are not allowed. — KK SHAM/The Star IN the past week, I was invited to two government agency media dinners and meetings with two corporate figures who insisted on […] Continue Reading

Smooth criminals

New rule book: Enforcement agencies and regulators, including the police and MACC, need more budget and staff to fight complex crimes involving criminals of a different kind. THE most highly publicised crimes these days are not robberies or murders but […] Continue Reading

Schooled in sentiment

THE controversy surrounding the century-old SMK Convent Bukit Nanas has concluded happily, following the government’s decision to extend the school’s 60-year lease. In fact, the Prime Minister’s Office also specified that permission granted is exclusively for education purposes. That means, […] Continue Reading

Running on faith

More vigilance vital: The overall number of Covid-19 cases in most states is presently unstable, with Kelantan and Sarawak displaying an increasing trend in infections. IT’S hardly comforting news, especially when most of us were looking forward to getting some […] Continue Reading

Drama down south

Topsy-turvy: Heng (right), here with fellow 4G leader Chan Chun Sing, disrupted Singapore’s well-choreographed leadership succession plan when he announced his decision to step down to make way for a younger candidate. — AFP/Ariffin Jamar/The Straits Times A nation known […] Continue Reading