Category Archives: On the Beat

Eight is (just about) enough

EIGHT CNY dilemmas of modern Malaysian families (but not widely talked about to preserve family harmony): CNY reunion dinner outside It’s not just a trend but has become a near necessity for CNY reunion dinners to be held at restaurants. […] Continue Reading

Feeling lost in Penang

Children admiring a Hokkien glove puppet theatre performing ‘Journey to the West’ on a portable wooden stage at the Little Penang Street Market. Its decline has been progressive, but Penang’s Hokkien heritage is at its closest to death’s door as […] Continue Reading

Let the cash registers ring

IT’S less than three weeks to the Chinese New Year, but the consensus feels there is less festive excitement in the air, and that, for most of our country folk, simply means money is tight. Ordinary Malaysians feel they don’t […] Continue Reading

Call of the king

OVER the coming days, the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, will fulfil the duty of sending out letters to the nine Rulers, informing them of the election of the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He […] Continue Reading

Rules for the Rulers

Of national interest: The Conference of Rulers – comprising the nine rulers, and governors or Yang di-Pertua Negeri of the other four states – meets three times a year to deliberate on matters of national policy. THIS may have escaped […] Continue Reading

Greener on the other side

A comfortable number: PH may not command a two-third majority in Parliament but it does not need to worry as there is a new norm in Malaysia’s democracy – the electorate also wants a strong opposition. NO matter how Parti […] Continue Reading

A touch of class

Classy: The Islamic Arts Museum certainly fits the world class tag. Not only is the building beautifully designed, the exhibits are of the highest quality. Class and culture can’t be bought at online malls or picked up from the nearest […] Continue Reading

Calling the kettle black

PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang addressing the crowd at the Icerd rally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. MALAYSIANS are a very strange lot. Not all of us, mind you, but a big portion of us seem to find it […] Continue Reading

Standing tall together

IF we were to believe the hype whipped up by some politicians following the formation of the new government, the Malays in our country are in danger of losing everything. Planting fear and, using race and religion, has always been […] Continue Reading

Treading the path of moderation

Bridging cultures: Walking through the gallery, the writer saw mostly non-Muslims, including Chinese and Japanese, who seemed genuinely interested to learn more about the beauty and diversity of Islam. An eye-opening exhibition in London is cluing visitors in to the […] Continue Reading