Some 8,000 years ago, Perak was a region of bustling self-sustaining communities that managed a waste-free economy thriving on 100...read more
By Joachim Ng State governments need to get real: unless they empower local residents to manage their own neighbo...read more
By Joachim Ng Ipoh-born Vicky Treadell, former British High Commissioner to Malaysia, remembers fondly her childhood days...read more
By Joachim Ng Kledang Hill. Scouts with knapsack on their backs and a song in the air would trek up its slopes, dip in th...read more
By Joachim Ng It is welcome news that a place of worship in Ipoh has directed the attention of its congregation to protec...read more
Some Ipohites may remember that their city was once noted for gold mining. Not gold from the ground but gold investment promising 100% net yield annually.
By Joachim Ng Do you greet friends with Xin Nian Kuaile or Gong Xi Fa Cai for the 15 days of Chinese New Year? Xin Nian K...read more
By Joachim Ng The nation’s Millennials (24-38 years old) have gleefully welcomed the dawn of 2019, while much older...read more
During their tour of duty in Ipoh, men of the 12th Infantry Regiment Workshop often visited the children at the Holy Inf...read more
Over the last couple of weeks, Ipoh has been abuzz with rumours that FMS is about to open again. As there have been so many false alarms in the past, most Ipohites are sc...read more
By Joachim Ng If you haven’t yet noticed, Malaysia is a land of a...read more
By Joachim Ng Property developers are behaving more like the local councils in providing services and infrastructure, obs...read more
By Joachim Ng Deepavali, the festival of lights, is a timely occasion to spotlight Hinduism’s greatest lesson: the ...read more
By Dr Tan Chin Yong The world appears to be filled with things that are solid. Mountains, earth, buildings, cars, tables, cups, people, animals, trees and so on are all ap...read more
By Joachim Ng A cave of ancient wisdom in which restorative waters flow that can transform you into newborns… this...read more
Every weekend, busloads of domestic tourists jam the streets of Ipoh for that savoury taste which they can’t find back home.
On Malaysia Day, rise before dawn and Look East — exactly east to a land across the South China Sea. East Malaysia receives ...read more
Each time you fill in a form that asks for your race, and you comply, you are reinforcing a colonial chain.
This can be a page from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not: Malaysia will achieve high-income-nation status in 2020. However, 85% of...read more
The law of conservation of matter states that matter/energy can neither be created nor destroyed. After the universe came into exi...read more
The national treasury is quite bare with RM1 trillion in debt. Fortunately, patriotic citizens are pouring money into Tabung Harap...read more
Many people have asked me what Tun Dr Mahathir (TDM) is trying to do when he is already 92 years old. He could have retired and en...read more
Connexion By Joachim Ng Eager to cast your ballot again? It’s almost certain that local government elections — the third vote — will be called. But the reality ...read more
Like any Malaysian, I am very happy to read Tun Dr Mahathir’s interview with the Financial Times. In an interview with the F...read more
Maaf Zahir & Batin. "Forgive me for whatever wrong I may have done to you whether physically or emotionally." Beyond the jovia...read more
Ramadan is a month-long opportunity to fortify social bonding — not just within the Muslim community but also between Muslim...read more
By Koon Yew Yin After 61 years of Barisan Nasional (BN) rule in Malaysia, Pakatan Harapan (PH) with its clear cut parliam...read more
“We may not believe in God, but we certainly believe in godliness,” Buddhist chief high priest Venerable Dr K. Sri Dhammananda would quip to visitors at his Brickfields vihara.
Connexion By Joachim Ng On May 29 the nation marks Wesak Day to celebrate the birth of Gautama Buddha 2,581 years ago. Other tha...read more
Connexion By Joachim Ng In a matter of days you will be casting your vote for people who aren’t really close to you. A mor...read more
Connexion By Joachim Ng The country needs a Neighbourhood Management Act to empower ratepayers. All owners pay a yearly property...read more
Make a guess: do you know whether your back-lane has uncollected rubbish, or does city hall know better than you?
Before you raise your hand to swipe that killer Aedes buzzing at your ear, stop and think: are you legally empowered to kill the m...read more
What do you like most about Chinese New Year? Ask a kid and the reply will be instant: angpow or hongbao.
A Tamil poet dubbed him ‘the Angel of Malaya’ for his life of spirituality and service.
The FOG Diet is clogging up our body’s internal drainage systems. Fat, Oil, and Grease.
Connexion By Joachim Ng Run to the stores if you haven’t bought your gifts yet! This is the season to be merry and spread Yuletide cheer. It’s good for the economy, a...read more
There are more than 30,000 registered contractors in Malaysia. This ratio is likely to be amongst the highest in the world. Contra...read more
Who is old? What does old mean? Who decides that you are old? Who do you identify as old? When do you start being old? Is it age? Do you automatically beco...read more
China’s high speed train covers most big cities in China. The first time I took the train when it started it seemed grander and faster. The posher part could be my memory pla...read more
Shenzhen was a small fishing and farming village of around 60 thousand inhabitants nearly 40 years ago.
The legacy of the great long-time coach Foo Yock Meng left a lasting impression among the swimming fraternity in Malaysia, especially those in Ipoh.
Once upon a time there was a storyteller who spun tales to raptured gatherings by the river bank in Old Town. He would light a joss stick before he starts and when that burns out t...read more
Benito Mussolini had the Blackshirts, Adolf Hitler the Brownshirts, UMNO-Baru the Redshirts. They are unemployed hooligans paid to do their political masters’ dirty work. Th...read more
It’s easier to convince someone about outright cruelty to animals, that is, when an animal is abused.
The worst airport in the world must be Khartoum, at least it was when I was there at the height of the Sudan Civil War. The second...read more
Keeping the city clean is a basic requirement of any local authority. It should not be something we wish for but something ratepayers expect and demand. And as for the dress code, ...read more
Yang TU Yang Ni Pass the old police station on Hugh Low Street and you can’t help but notice the garishly painted building at the junction with Cowan Street. It’s pa...read more
This is an interrogative word, and among the various contexts that we may use it, it includes “by what means”, “in what state, or condition”, “for wha...read more
The State Public Transport Committee, of which I am a member, met on March 23. One of the key discussion points was the weaknesses...read more
I have taken “Yang Tu Yang Ni – this ‘n that” – the title of Ismail Hashim’s exhibition of his paintings and photographic works as the title for...read more
We Malaysian’s love bananas. It’s affordable and therefore, we consume it regularly. This little piece I’m writing is to share my view on the humble banana.
By Chelvi Murugiah “Woman once made equal to man becomes his superior.”—Socrates I cannot claim for certain that this quote is by Socrates. (Born 469 BC...read more
It is a little known fact today that Ipoh was once seen to be a rival of Singapore. At the turn of the last century attempts by Perak to build a port in Lumut was opposed by t...read more
I was watching the YouTube of the Taiwanese American musician Wang Lee Hom performing at Genting Highlands an almost flawless rend...read more
I had a problem containing my anxiety when told to test drive a Peugeot 208 when the best I had ever driven was my trusty Perodua Myvi, a jalopy by comparison. Arriving at the Jala...read more
I am not surprised when I read that the USA News considers Ipoh as one of the nine most affordable cities in the world to live in. Being born and bred in Penang, I had wanted to re...read more
For a long time, the membership of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) was drawn largely from the urban working class, which was mai...read more
The news of the Ipoh Special Area Draft Plan (RKK or Rancangan Kawasan Khas – Ipoh Bandar Warisan Bijih Timah 2020) being op...read more