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