Tag Archives: Politics

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 […]

New Kids on the Block

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 […]

Enough With The Celebrity Leaders, Please

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sepetang Bersama Tuan Ambassador

*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 […]

Walking “Half the World”: Esfahan

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. […]

Measuring Development by Happiness

Day in and day out, more often than not our life follows the same pattern albeit with hiccups along the way. At least for myself and many other Average Joes out there, the equation of life is as direct as “you win some, and you lose some”. Our daily routine demands us to repeat the […]

Roda Pusingan Pendidikan Tinggi

“Hooray! Hooray!” Riang gamatnya pagi itu tatkala tersebarnya berita baik dari kota London. Ahmad, si pembawa berita, terkial-kial memaparkan tweetfeed—yang telah sejak tadi ditelaah beliau—kepada Pak Menteri. “World Champions: Varsity Team from Malasia Defeated Oxford University to Win the Intellect Championship” Pak Menteri tergagap-gagap membacakan paparan berita ringkas tersebut dalam bahasa Inggerisnya yang kurang fasih. […]