COMMENTARY

  • Connexion:  Find a spot for high scorers

    Connexion: Find A Spot For High Scorers

      By Joachim Ng Orang Cina Kaya! You will hear shop assistants mouthing this quite often, perhaps half jokingly. The impres...read more

  • Beliefs, your unseen core

    Beliefs, Your Unseen Core

      By Cornelia Tan Beliefs influence your attitudes and priorities. Attitudes and priorities influence your behaviour. Your behaviour influences your environment.  So w...read more

  • Connexion:  Political garbage damaging environment

    Connexion: Political Garbage Damaging Environment

      By Joachim Ng Will you buy plastic silver? Perak, in addition to being a tourist destination, has joined other states tha...read more

  • Connexion:  Reformist way to end deadly scourge

    Connexion: Reformist Way To End Deadly Scourge

    Which household pet is responsible for 2800 people falling gravely ill per week on average? Victims crowd hospital wards seeking t...read more

  • Giving and receiving

    Giving And Receiving

      By Cornelia Tan How many of us give in order to receive? We often think of giving like two-way traffic, with those who give expecting some kind of benefit from the other ...read more

  • Connexion:  Vital democratic lessons from Orang Asli

    Connexion: Vital Democratic Lessons From Orang Asli

    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

  • Connexion: Earn in KL and Spend in Ipoh

    Connexion: Earn In KL And Spend In Ipoh

      By Joachim Ng The nation’s Millennials (24-38 years old) have gleefully welcomed the dawn of 2019, while much older...read more

  • Christmas Comes But Once a Year*

    Christmas Comes But Once A Year*

      During their tour of duty in Ipoh, men of the 12th Infantry Regiment Workshop often visited the children at the Holy Inf...read more

  • Is FMS really opening?

    Is FMS Really Opening?

      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

  • The Emptiness of All Matter

    The Emptiness Of All Matter

      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

  • Connexion: Cave water's power to restore minds

    Connexion: Cave Water's Power To Restore Minds

      By Joachim Ng A cave of ancient wisdom in which restorative waters flow that can transform you into newborns… this...read more

  • Hills with a spiritual message

    Hills With A Spiritual Message

    Every weekend, busloads of domestic tourists jam the streets of Ipoh for that savoury taste which they can’t find back home.

  • Let Ratepayers have a 4th Vote

    Let Ratepayers Have A 4th Vote

    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

  • Follow the World Bank Procurement Guidelines

    Follow The World Bank Procurement Guidelines

    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

  • A time to apologise and to forgive

    A Time To Apologise And To Forgive

    Maaf Zahir & Batin. "Forgive me for whatever wrong I may have done to you whether physically or emotionally." Beyond the jovia...read more

  • Mind over Munch for a Good Month

    Mind Over Munch For A Good Month

    Ramadan is a month-long opportunity to fortify social bonding — not just within the Muslim community but also between Muslim...read more

  • Quickest Way to Improve Malaysia's Economy

    Quickest Way To Improve Malaysia's Economy

      By Koon Yew Yin After 61 years of Barisan Nasional (BN) rule in Malaysia, Pakatan Harapan (PH) with its clear cut parliam...read more

  • How the Buddha used his mind

    How The Buddha Used His Mind

    “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.

  • 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 m...read 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, a...read 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. Contra...read 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 ...read 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 ...read 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 beco...read 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 quest...read 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 i...read 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 pla...read 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 second...read 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, ...read 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 pa...read 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 wha...read 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 weaknesses...read 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 for...read 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 Minister...read 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 BC...read 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 t...read 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 rend...read 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 Jala...read more