Category Archives: On the Beat

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

Service with a smile

CHINESE tourists aren’t exactly shining examples of well-mannered and law-abiding visitors in any country, and because China is so big, we’re forced to deal with everything from the high-heeled rich tourists down to the peasant types making their first overseas […] Continue Reading

Beaming bright star

Eye on oil revenue: Petronas has proven it is world class because it has adopted global standards.— AFP If there’s one brand that has kept Malaysia gleaming in the spotlight, then it must surely be Petronas.  AT a time when […] Continue Reading

Same ol’ song and dance

OUR people generally have short memories. There was a time when many of us were outraged at elected representatives from any one of DAP, PKR, PAS and PBS for defecting to the Barisan Nasional. All kinds of nasty names were […] Continue Reading

To be or not to be

Universal tongue: He may be the ‘People’s Pope’ but the head of the Catholic church, Pope Francis, has to deliver his speeches in Latin, the official language of the church. – AFP LATIN words are rarely used in Malaysia, except […] Continue Reading

Tipsy turvy tales

Not all about the booze: The gun salute is one of the customs of the ‘Oktoberfest’ beer festival in Munich. — AP Like how many other things that were acceptable before have inexplicably run afoul now, the harmless Oktoberfest is […] Continue Reading

Say you will, say you won’t

MORE than three decades into my journalistic career, and I have learned one thing for certain – most politicians will never change, and they can be chameleons, too. It would be naïve of me to expect to meet an honest, […] Continue Reading

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