• Neighbourhood self-governance

    Neighbourhood Self-governance

    Make a guess: do you know whether your back-lane has uncollected rubbish, or does city hall know better than you?

  • Community self-governance without politics

    Community Self-governance Without Politics

    Before you raise your hand to swipe that killer Aedes buzzing at your ear, stop and think: are you legally empowered to kill the more

  • The Angpow Story

    The Angpow Story

    What do you like most about Chinese New Year? Ask a kid and the reply will be instant: angpow or hongbao.

  • Interfaith harmony and the missing angle

    Interfaith Harmony And The Missing Angle

    A Tamil poet dubbed him ‘the Angel of Malaya’ for his life of spirituality and service.

  • Value of Yee Sang

    Value Of Yee Sang

    The FOG Diet is clogging up our body’s internal drainage systems. Fat, Oil, and Grease.

  • 3 Wise Gifts for Christmas

    3 Wise Gifts For Christmas

    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, more

  • Contracting a Difficult Business

    Contracting A Difficult Business

    There are more than 30,000 registered contractors in Malaysia. This ratio is likely to be amongst the highest in the world. more

  • To Age or Not to Age?

    To Age Or Not To Age?

    “I want to die a young man at a ripe old age” – Ashley Montagu This may seem trivial but it did spark a thought in me. Whenever I watch TV or read a magazine, I more

  • Acting Your Age

    Acting Your Age

      Two thousand years ago, Cicero suggested “it’s not old age that is at fault but our attitude towards it.” I wonder how would Cicero react if someone were more

  • When Do We Get Old?

    When Do We Get Old?

    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 more

  • The Elephant in the Room

    The Elephant In The Room

    Dr Mahathir resigned from UMNO Baru and called everyone to come together to get rid of Najib. Is it to serve his own ends or for the national good? That is the billion dollar more

  • Let's Get Involved

    Let's Get Involved

      A friend said that Malaysians are often too wrapped up in making a living to be involved in activism. He’s too kind. The truth is most of us are selfish; as long as more

  • The Iron Rooster to Quanzhou

    The Iron Rooster To Quanzhou

    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 more

  • Postcard from Shenzhen

    Postcard From Shenzhen

    Shenzhen was a small fishing and farming village of around 60 thousand inhabitants nearly 40 years ago.

  • The Passing of a Dedicated Coach

    The Passing Of A Dedicated Coach

    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.

  • The Friendliest Airport in the World

    The Friendliest Airport In The World

    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 more

  • An Open letter to Datuk Bandar

    An Open Letter To Datuk Bandar

    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, more

  • Wira's Chokodok Reggae

    Wira's Chokodok Reggae

    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 more

  • Small Word Big Impact: How

    Small Word Big Impact: How

    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 more

  • Taking Local Bus Concessionaires to Task

    Taking Local Bus Concessionaires To Task

    The State Public Transport Committee, of which I am a member, met on March 23. One of the key discussion points was the more

  • Let Insanity Rule OK

    Let Insanity Rule OK

    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 more

  • SOS: The 11th Malaysia Plan

    SOS: The 11th Malaysia Plan

    In a recent Barisan controlled newspaper, the following headline screamed out for attention: “There is continuity in all Malaysia Plans, says Najib”. The Prime more

  • Banana Wars

    Banana Wars

    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.

  • Food for Thought

    Food For Thought

      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 more

  • Losing Out on Lumut

    Losing Out On Lumut

    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 more

  • The Malay Marker in the Non-Malays

    The Malay Marker In The Non-Malays

    I was watching the YouTube of the Taiwanese American musician Wang Lee Hom performing at Genting Highlands an almost flawless more

  • Trend-Setting Peugeot 208

    Trend-Setting Peugeot 208

    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 more