Category Archives: On the Beat

Vitriol not valid or vital

Not worth losing sleep over: It is better to turn to family and friends, who are more likely to help immediately, instead of politicians who only turn up to see us once every five years. THERE’S something toxic about politics […] Continue Reading

Malay waves, not tsunami

Status quo expected: Merdeka Center reported that any swing in Malay support towards the Opposition will not be enough for Pakatan Harapan to wrest Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional. THERE is dissatisfaction among Malay voters, especially those living in urban constituencies […] Continue Reading

Don’t brush aside the goodwill

Fruitful friendship: National carmaker Proton was given a boost when Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group came to its rescue last year. A graphic being circulated on social media has the Chinese flag planted all over a map of Peninsular […] Continue Reading

Down to the wire with the Malays

IF you haven’t already heard this one before, it will be the Malay and bumiputra voters, mainly in rural areas, who will determine what the next government looks like. Despite the racket from urbanites, be it in private discussions or […] Continue Reading

When everything is possible

Flag war: Party flags of various colours have already been put up around the country in the buzz for the upcoming general election. NO one, not even in his wildest dreams, would have imagined that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would […] Continue Reading

Much more than worlds apart

Rural challenge: For the people of Banggi in Sabah, picking up provisions means having to travel by boat on a four-hour journey through choppy open sea to the nearest town of Kudat. TWO of our most naturally beautiful states, Sabah […] Continue Reading

Something to talk about

IF there’s one job that requires no experience, qualification, and certainly no age limit, it’s that of a politician. You can be an elected Member of Parliament, Senator, Congressman, Prime Minister or President in a democracy and none of these […] Continue Reading

GE14 – the curveball’s domain

THE outcome of the coming general election will be decided by the Malay and bumiputra voters, who form the largest electorate in the rural parliamentary constituencies. That’s exactly how the fight for votes will play out. While the noisiest rumblings […] Continue Reading

Dipping unwittingly into danger

Maria Chin Abdullah (left) and Wan Saiful Wan Jan (right). -The Star filepic TWO prominent activists, Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and Institute For Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) think-tank chief executive officer Wan Saiful Wan Jan, have taken […] Continue Reading

Keep ‘low-class’ squabbles out

SOME of our politicians seem to have a knack for sticking their foot in their mouth. They likely enjoy doing it with the belief that their bravado helps authenticate their manhood, but they unwittingly make us cringe with embarrassment instead. […] Continue Reading