Category Archives: On the Beat

For the love of … titles

IF there’s one Malaysian practice that needs reviewing, it has to be this – the long salutations, thanks to the titles of prominent individuals, at the start of speeches during functions. I can never understand why addressing the audience as […] Continue Reading

Year of Living Dangerously

Rash move: The effectiveness of Trump’s executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the US is highly questionable. — AFP What Trump is doing – and he may not even realise it with his defiant-style leadership – is […] Continue Reading

Let’s think forward, people

Playing the race card and bashing one of our biggest economic partners – China – is like shooting ourselves in the foot. THE trouble with politicians is that they often let political and personal interests get in the way of […] Continue Reading

We are so proud of you, Faiz!

Mohd Faiz Subri holds his trophy after winning The 2016 FIFA Puskas Award during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, on January 9, 2017 in Zurich. – AFP Whether he spoke flawless English is not the point here. What matters […] Continue Reading

Let’s not go overboard

Malaysia is a secular country and we should not let religious authorities run our country and how we should live our lives. LET’S face it – the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has become so powerful as the sole authority […] Continue Reading

It will be a helluva ride!

Expect 2017 to be a busy year as the general election might be held. Also, Hadi’s Bill will come up again, we will celebrate our 60th birthday, and host the SEA Games. FASTEN your seat belts. Get ready for a […] Continue Reading

A toast to 2017

Yep, 2016 is drawing to a close. And like some others who want to better themselves in the new year, I have some pointers for myself too. So, here goes …. MY 10 New Year Resolutions (that will probably be not […] Continue Reading

But what is Christmas, actually?

HERE are 10 myths of Christmas, which I think are appropriate for the festive season, and to have a better understanding of the festival. Myth No 1: Jesus Christ was born on Dec 25. Dec 25 is not his birth […] Continue Reading

Stand up for what is fair and right

M.Indira Gandhi (left) posing with clerk S.Deepa. – Filepic THE move by the Perlis state legislative assembly in allowing one parent to convert a child to Islam is totally at odds with what the Federal Government is finally doing. It […] Continue Reading

Speak for the Rohingyas

Members of the Hokars Sromik Andolan party attend a protest against the recent attacks on the Rohingyas in Arakan in Myanmar, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. THE trouble with Malaysians is this – many of us often see issues from a religious […] Continue Reading