Category Archives: On the Beat

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

Telling fact from fiction

Easy target: Fake news is a big problem here because many of us are too impressionable when it comes to news on the Internet. HARDLY a day passes without someone sharing a video with me. No one bothers to check, […] Continue Reading

Pooch and prejudice

No puppy love: To immortalise Hachiko‚Äôs loyalty, a shiny bronze sculpture stands near the Shibuya train station. I decided to celebrate Chinese New Year away from Malaysia this year, so my wife and I chose Tokyo as our destination. We […] Continue Reading

When tongues wag and tales grow

I love dogs. I’ve always had one, from since I was a child, and now, I have three – two Siberian huskies and a poodle. Despite their differences – in age and breed – they truly love each other, and […] Continue Reading

The truth is out there

Field of green: A paddy field in Kota Marudu, Sabah, one of the lesser known parliamentary seats in Malaysia. OVER the past month, I have been receiving a steady stream of visitors who want to hear my views on the […] Continue Reading

Spotlight on the voice of youth

Power of the ballot: Unlike these young voters, an increasing number of Malaysian youths, disillusioned by the politics of today, are willing to give up their democratic right to vote. THERE’S little point in venting our frustrations at politicians on […] Continue Reading

For the love of country

MUSLIM cleric Ismail Mina Ahmad is clearly ignorant of the country’s history, especially the period when we fought communist insurgents. He either doesn’t know about the past, is pretending not to know, or is attempting to rewrite history. Recently, he […] Continue Reading

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