Having a curious and talkative sibling around can be quite a handful to entertain. Once when we were visiting my mom’s hometown, my brother was surprised to see that our cousin had set up his phone settings to Malay. “Words like ‘tetapan’, ‘hantar’ and ‘terima’ are funny to say out loud,” he said laughingly. My […]

In my previous article a week ago, I wrote on celebrity politicians not being a new phenomenon, and drew parallels with mainstream career politicians such as Angela Merkel. As it turns out, in the time since the article was released, a campaign committee has sprung up in support of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson running for President in 2020, and Kid […]

We’ve pretty much hit rock bottom with Donald Trump, so why do we still believe celebrity politicians are the answer? As it turns out, Kanye West isn’t the only celebrity planning on making a bid for the 2020 presidency. Barely 7 months into his tenure as President of the United States, Donald Trump has already launched his reelection campaign, even […]

If TN50 really intends to shape the future of Malaysia by turning our aspirations into public policy, it can start by acknowledging that we want a fair and equal Malaysia for all. In his recent book ‘Thank You For Being Late’, author Thomas Friedman eludes to two eternal truths in the U.S. political arena, which […]

“With the power accorded to me, I now pronounce you as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.” Only half an hour earlier, I stood at the mercy of the Judge’s discretion; while bombarded with questions that only served to remind me of my lowly position in her Chamber. I was especially […]

Young people are easily the most misunderstood population in Malaysia. We have been labelled as greedy, unrealistic, ungrateful, too comfortable — you name it. We are blamed for our poor grasp of languages, inferior soft skills, minimal working experiences, poor grades…and the list goes on. But has anyone ever thought whether it is fair to […]

Suara ahli Parlimen Marang, Abdul Hadi Awang, serak-serak seakan sebak ketika membacakan usul untuk membuat pindaan kepada Akta Mahkamah Syariah (Bidang Kuasa Jenayah) 1965 (RUU 355) ketika sesi Dewan Parlimen pada 24 November yang lepas. Hadi Awang mengusulkan untuk undang-undang yang sedia ada dinaiktaraf siling hukumannya kepada penjara maksima 30 tahun, denda tidak melebihi RM […]

30 participants, 14 nationalities, 7 projects, 12 volunteers and a global youth seminar hosted in Kuala Lumpur. Take the context out, replace the numerics, or change the location – the modus operandi is most likely similar for any training programs. From the 30th November to 3rd December 2016, I was in-charge of making sure that […]

*Penulis sengaja menggunakan rojak bahasa Melayu-Inggeris untuk menggambarkan dinamika Melayu urban di ibu kota. Petang itu panas bahangnya bukan seperti yang biasa aku rasai. Terik mentari terasa sungguh biarpun aku duduk dibalik teduh Royal Golf Club Café. Sengaja aku pilih untuk merehatkan mata di kawasan luar café — pemandangannya lebih menarik kerana berdepani lapangan golf yang hijau […]

Honk! Honk! A thickly moustached man rolled down the side window of his Peugeot and yelled out ‘“Taxi?” invitingly. He was not the first to have offered us a ride in return for several American dollars since we arrived in Esfahan. I gestured with my two fingers upside down; indicating that we preferred to walk. […]