Category Malaysia

How Far Can We Agree to Disagree with the Monarchs?

It is not easy to explain to friends from abroad on how our constitutional monarchy system works. For all the Royal Kings Malaysia is blessed with, their powers are largely discretionary and limited by the Federal Constitution. If you are not a Malaysian and are reading this – you are right; why bother having so […]

You Either Die a Hero, Or…

A SUHAKAM Human Rights Award recipient’s stance on the Rohingya march in Kuala Lumpur brings us back to the fundamentals of universal human rights. Readers of The Malay Mail Online’s opinion section will no doubt be familiar with Boo Su-Lyn, a SUHAKAM Human Rights Award recipient, and a talented and opinionated writer. On a personal level, I always rated her pieces quite highly, and she was an […]

Why Malaysians Are Struggling to Keep Up with English

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 […]

Doubting TN50 – Time to get Serious

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 […]

The Black-and-White of Reverse Meritocracy

“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 […]

Plight of the Voiceless Majority

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 […]

Di Sebalik Usul Pindaan RUU 355

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 […]

Dear Taxi Drivers and SPAD, Here’s What You Can Do to Regain the Public’s Trust

In this sweltering heat of Kuala Lumpur, the last thing one would want to go through is a traffic standstill—more so if it is done on purpose. Recently, our taxi drivers drove the city temperature through the roof when their self-orchestrated ‘taxi protest’ over the use of ride-hailing mobile applications; such as Grab and Uber, […]

Towards A Free-of-Charge and Merit-Based Public Varsity System

Soon enough, most undergraduate students would be checking-in to their respective campuses; be it in the sleepy town of Sintok, the bustling urban life of Lembah Pantai, or across the South China Sea in Kota Samarahan. It’s that time of the year again when students await nerve-wreckingly for their sponsors to bank in some cash […]

Reversing the Psychology of Classroom Learning in Public Schools

One may say that having an 11-year old gap with your siblings is nothing to shout of, but I have had a rather unique opportunity to observe how similar yet different my twin brothers are when it comes to their personalities. They might share the same values from the almost-always simultaneous exposure to different things, […]