Category Archives: On the Beat

Swimming against the tide

IF there’s one thing the Umno leadership needs to accept – no matter how painful – is that it’s now in the opposition. They got kicked out, and that’s life. So, for God’s sake, please start acting and thinking like […] Continue Reading

New Malaysia, Old Politics

WE may have heralded a New Malaysia, with the euphoria still lingering, but more than three months have passed since the general election which saw the Barisan Nasional government crushed. A new social landscape, perhaps, but Old Politics still haven’t […] Continue Reading

Believe it or not

Raising eyebrows: Both Hishammuddin and Dr Ahmad Zahid have met up with Dr Mahathir since GE14. Stranger things have happened post-general elections, but losers seeking the winning party’s advice is certainly curious.  POLITICS in Malaysia gets stranger with each passing […] Continue Reading

A question of faith

THE Port Dickson by-election has unexpectedly become a controversy for some PKR leaders and the party’s supporters. Suddenly, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has found himself being openly challenged by some of the top brass for his purported failure to consult […] Continue Reading

Waiting in the wings

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim THE acrimonious relationship between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim – when they were Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister back in the day – is well-documented, and as a reporter covering the […] Continue Reading

When the right words count

Alarm bells: Dr Mahathir caused a stir across China and Hong Kong when he said foreigners were banned from buying residential units in the US100bil (RM410bil) Forest City project in Johor. ANY journalist who has had the pleasure of covering […] Continue Reading

Hate destroys the hater

Taboo subject: The Merdeka exhibition, Stripes and Strokes , that is causing some Malaysians sleepless nights over photographs of LGBT activists. IT’S a subject most Malaysians, and that includes prominent civil rights advocates, shy away from – the lesbian, gay, […] Continue Reading

Good grace under pressure

BY Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s admission, the Pakatan Harapan didn’t expect to win the general election. So, the new federal government is finding itself biting more than it can chew having made “too many promises”, and is now […] Continue Reading

An F for you, Bung Moktar

Out of order: Bung Moktar crossing the line in Parliament with an ‘F you’ retort to Mongin’s ‘casino’ jibe. THE antics of Kinabatangan MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin at the Dewan Rakyat are familiar to most of us. He’s […] Continue Reading

Keeping it civil

Brave new world: The civil service needs to get used to the New Malaysia approach while our ministers need to snap out of the Opposition mode and get down to work. IT’S often said that ministers come and go, but […] Continue Reading