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Sultan of Johor pays fond tribute to the Flintstones cartoon at Istana Mersing

Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Sultan Iskandar of Johor at the Flintstone House in Mersing. — THOMAS YONG/The Star Busloads of tourists, foreign and local, stop by the perimeter walls of Istana Mersing, or Istana Flintstones, as it’s popularly known, daily. They […] Continue Reading

The trouble with titles

THIS has to be a record of some sort – a notorious gang of 60 hardened criminals including four low-level politicians with the titles of Datuk and a Datuk Seri, has been netted in a series of swoops. The Gang […] Continue Reading

Johor Ruler: I’m above politics

Sultan Ibrahim posing for a wefie with members of the public. BY WONG CHUN WAI and NELSON BENJAMIN JOHOR BARU: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has made it clear that he is above politics and does not […] Continue Reading

English, the universal currency

by Wong Chun Wai AND Nelson Benjamin Straight talk: Sultan Ibrahim speaking to The Star Media Group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai and The Star Johor bureau chief Nelson Benjamin at Istana Bukit Serene. […] Continue Reading

Searching for a way out

Unfruitful start: The protest leaders and government representatives holding the first round of talks in Hong Kong. – EPA The authorities and protesters appear to be in search of a typical Chinese face-saving exit but don’t quite know how. IT’S […] Continue Reading

One night in Mongkok

Makeshift roadblock: Pro-democracy protesters re-occupying Argyle Street after police dismantled their barricades in Mongkok. – EPA IT’S already 2.30am Saturday in Mongkok in Hong Kong but tension is still very much in the air. A typical Friday evening in the […] Continue Reading

President-elect Joko Widodo talks of the new democracy in Indonesia

All smiles: Jokowi posing with Wong Chun Wai at his office in Jakarta. – AZMAN GHANI / The Star JAKARTA: Joko Widodo, the man who will be the next Indonesian president, has a directive for his officials – end the […] Continue Reading

Indonesian president-elect seeks new investments from Malaysia

"I am aware that there are domestic political pressures to limit foreign expansion, including in the financial services and plantations sectors. Still, to ensure future rapid economic growth we need massive investments,” Jakowi (left) said in an interview with The […] Continue Reading

Jokowi going for moderation

Ready to serve: Jokowi going through documents at his office in Jakarta. – AFP You are going to be the leader of the world’s most populous Muslim country which has been praised by many as a moderate Muslim country. How […] Continue Reading

Dangerous and on the loose

By Wong Chun Wai and Farik Zolkepli KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Abd Hir is not dead. He is alive and remains one of the world’s most wanted and elusive terrorists. The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation has put […] Continue Reading