• Editorial:  Cash is King

    Editorial: Cash Is King

    Cash is not king when it is stolen from others or from public funds placed under your trust. That is stealing, pure and simple.

  • Editorial:  A Worrying Trend

    Editorial: A Worrying Trend

    The inability of many Malays to rise above the destructive rhetoric of old Malaysia’s bumiputra politicians is the saddest thing since GE14.

  • Editorial:  Now You See, Now You Don't

    Editorial: Now You See, Now You Don't

    Perak needs someone who can take the state to greater heights. Jesters, dodgers and pretenders are certainly not on the list.

  • Editorial:  The Numbers Game

    Editorial: The Numbers Game

      By Fathol Zaman Bukhari In mid-February the country was a buzzed with news that seven former Umno MPs had crossed over to Tun Mahathir’s party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu...read more

  • Editorial:  Fate of Kledang Hill

    Editorial: Fate Of Kledang Hill

      By Fathol Zaman Bukhari The Kledang Range, an offshoot of the Main Range has, since time immemorial, been a source of ins...read more

  • Pay or We'll Cut Supply

    Pay Or We'll Cut Supply

    Judging from the “altercation” the long-cherished marketing adage about customers being the king does not feature in TNB’s scheme of things.

  • Another Tumultuous Year Ahead?

    Another Tumultuous Year Ahead?

    According to Moody’s rating, real GDP growth for 2019 may drop to 4.7 per cent after averaging at 5 per cent in past years. It is definitely not a rosy prediction.

  • Year of Living Dangerously

    Year Of Living Dangerously

    The year is fast coming to a close. It is time once again to make conclusions about how the Year 2018 has impacted Malaysians, in general. The icing on the cake is, of course, the ...read more

  • Ridding Cabinet of Deadwood

    Ridding Cabinet Of Deadwood

    After five months on the job, it is becoming painfully clear that Maszlee does not have a clue as to what is bugging our education system and lacks the wisdom to correct it.

  • Spread of Wahhabism

    Spread Of Wahhabism

    Professor Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid of Universiti Sains Malaysia’s damning statement that Muslims in Malaysia are “slowly but surely becoming radicalised” should not be taken lightly.

  • MEET DATIN Jane Doe

    MEET DATIN Jane Doe

    It gets a little nauseating when these titled persons insist on being addressed perpetually with their titles.

  • Healthcare for Veterans

    Healthcare For Veterans

    The project would be a public-private partnership with the army providing the land and the private entity, the finance.

  • Making Sense of Child Marriages

    Making Sense Of Child Marriages

    The continued inaction by the government over marriages involving minors is making Malaysia a haven for paedophiles  

  • Anwar's Dubious PD Move

    Anwar's Dubious PD Move

    The decision for Danyal to vacate his PD seat was orchestrated by some people with vested interest within PKR.

  • End of PH One Hundred Days

    End Of PH One Hundred Days

    Malaysians know the government cannot change a system so embedded in every layer of the society in just 100 days. More time is needed.  

  • The Week That Was

    The Week That Was

    The week-long session, August 6 to 13, had been cordial except for the many outbursts from both PH and BN assemblymen.

  • Let's Get To Work

    Let's Get To Work

    What Perakeans found most discomforting is the constant bickering over posts and appointments. When will Faizal and his merry men settle down to work?

  • Sympathy for Najib?

    Sympathy For Najib?

    Najib is no fool. He is playing to the gallery and is using sentiments to influence or perhaps browbeat simple-minded Malaysians into submission.

  • Faizal's Challenges Ahead

    Faizal's Challenges Ahead

    Faizal is relatively unknown in Perak. Being the underdog he is at a disadvantage but he is young, time is surely on his side.

  • The Malay Psyche

    The Malay Psyche

    The Malay psyche is not something difficult to fathom. It is the result of years of indoctrination by a political party that is long on hopes but short on ideas.

  • One Day in May

    One Day In May

      By Fathol Zaman Bukhari Although it is over three weeks since the 14th General Election on Wednesday, May 9, Malaysians on the whole, are still in awe with the unexpecte...read more

  • The Dawn of a New Era

    The Dawn Of A New Era

    Malaysians bid farewell to 61 years of misrule and welcome the dawn of a new era filled with hopes and expectations

  • Is Suicide The Answer?

    Is Suicide The Answer?

    Zaidi’s quick thinking saved the distraught woman from certain death in a watery grave.

  • Anti-Fake News Bill 2018

    Anti-Fake News Bill 2018

    The Bill does not specify what amounts to fake news since the illustrations listed in it are narrow and not exhaustive.

  • Working Illegally Abroad

    Working Illegally Abroad

    Why do they go to South Korea to look for jobs? Is it because of the pay factor or are jobs becoming scarce in Malaysia?

  • Kuok, Not Any Punching Bag

    Kuok, Not Any Punching Bag

    The premise that Kuok became super-duper rich because he was given a concession, a carte blanche to do business is very naïve.

  • A Cat and Mouse Game

    A Cat And Mouse Game

    There are laws prohibiting littering but they are seldom enforced, as the punishments do not reflect the severity of the offence.

  • Don't Gamble Your Future

    Don't Gamble Your Future

    Only 30 percent of the youths surveyed cared about politics. The rest are more concerned about the economy.

  • The Propensity to Distort History

    The Propensity To Distort History

    And to claim that only one particular race is responsible for the country’s well-being is definitely in poor taste.

  • Saving the Best for Last

    Saving The Best For Last

    So, what is in stock for us in 2018? There are five official long weekends and 11 public holidays to contend with.

  • Return of English-Medium Schools

    Return Of English-Medium Schools

    The revival of English-medium schools will not go down well with nationalists who insist that Bahasa Malaysia be the medium of instruction in the country

  • More are Owing Than Paying

    More Are Owing Than Paying

    Had loan repayment been consistent, PTPTN should have, by now, collected RM18.97 billion.

  • There's Still Hope

    There's Still Hope

    This unprecedented tragedy had brought both good and bad out of ordinary folks

  • Holier Than Thou

    Holier Than Thou

    This holier-than-thou stance is not benefiting the nation in any way, and the only people who will gain are the corrupt and the irresponsible.

  • Expressway Up For Grabs

    Expressway Up For Grabs

    If his bid is successful Sahid promises to not only widen but light up the whole stretch of the expressway.

  • The Practicality of Tahfiz Schools

    The Practicality Of Tahfiz Schools

    Why are such schools so popular with the Malay Muslim community? I’ll offer an answer, it has much to do with religion

  • Let's Be an Honest Host

    Let's Be An Honest Host

    Being the host nation we are never short of controversies, the most glaring being the upside-down Indonesian flag printed in the souvenir programme.

  • They Don't Make Sense

    They Don't Make Sense

    I don’t blame the system it is the people behind the system who are at fault.

  • Three In One

    Three In One

    I may not agree with the views of the group but isn’t the freedom to worship enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

  • How Irresponsible Can You Be?

    How Irresponsible Can You Be?

    Points are deducted when an offence is committed, the amount is contingent upon the severity of the infringement

  • Taking a Second Job

    Taking A Second Job

    In Ipoh, a family of three can survive comfortably with RM2000 a month but an extra mouth will place a damper on the bread winner.

  • Bullying, A Recurring Problem

    Bullying, A Recurring Problem

    I am often asked if ragging is prevalent at RMC and in military establishments. I will be lying if I say otherwise.

  • It's Getting Costlier by the Day

    It's Getting Costlier By The Day

    The weekly adjustment in petrol prices is not making things any easier.

  • So it's Okay to Marry Rapists

    So It's Okay To Marry Rapists

    I almost hit the roof on hearing Datuk Shabudin Yahaya’s rationale about rape victims marrying their perpetrators to reduce social evil. The Member of Parliament for Tasek Ge...read more

  • Graft in the Civil Service

    Graft In The Civil Service

    A recent survey by MACC revealed that half of Malaysian civil servants found guilty of graft are under the age of 40.

  • Standing Up For Your Rights

    Standing Up For Your Rights

    If the religion preaches compassion and forgiveness then why the urgency to enforce stricter punishments for crimes?

  • Dengue Back With a Vengeance

    Dengue Back With A Vengeance

    The health department had identified 60 dengue-prone areas in Perak of which nine are classified as dengue hotspots.

  • Honorific Titles Up For Grabs

    Honorific Titles Up For Grabs

    If you are a “datuk” you have made it even if you may have nothing much to show in terms of service to the country.

  • Looking Beyond the Norms

    Looking Beyond The Norms

    One should not consider aesthetics and convenience as basis for holding an event as momentous as a car-free day.

  • A Bright 2017?

    A Bright 2017?

    What we are seeing today is a dual economy taking place similar to what happened in Indonesia during the economic downturn of the 1980s.

  • Free-Falling Ringgit

    Free-Falling Ringgit

    It has been a roller coaster ride for our currency. The RM, over a period of time, has acquired a notoriety not seen since it was pegged at RM3.80 to the US dollar.

  • It's Visit Perak Year All Over Again

    It's Visit Perak Year All Over Again

    Although Lonely Planet did not venture beyond the obvious in describing the attributes of Ipoh and Perak,their inclusion is enough...read more

  • In Memoriam

    In Memoriam

    Islam forbids its followers to commit suicide. It is considered sinful. But Shukri felt otherwise.

  • The Month That Was

    The Month That Was

    All these incidents have engendered us nothing but brickbats, making Malaysia the laughing stock of the world.

  • We Can Win Gold

    We Can Win Gold

    Malaysia has many talented sportsmen and sportswomen. However, if they are never nurtured they will soon sink into oblivion.

  • Is Life That Cheap?

    Is Life That Cheap?

    So long as the men in blue are more concerned for the safety of political leaders than the rakyat, life will remain cheap for us all.

  • Ipoh's Listing in Lonely Planet

    Ipoh's Listing In Lonely Planet

    The inevitable has happened and city fathers have the private sector to thank for this timely boost.

  • Fears of Islamic Radicalism

    Fears Of Islamic Radicalism

    Support from the Malay Muslim masses is aplenty and this is not only possible but fearful too

  • Will Hudud Make A Difference?

    Will Hudud Make A Difference?

    PAS’s obsession with hudud is to reinforce its commitment to Islam. It may seem so to the Malay-Muslim community but to others it is downright silly.

  • Truth behind Bukit Merah

    Truth Behind Bukit Merah

    No one is interested to know the real reason behind the lake’s falling water level. Had the authorities looked around they would have found the cause.

  • Losing Faith

    Losing Faith

    I have been a practising Muslim for almost seven decades now and I have not lost my faith yet, despite the many temptations around me.

  • Religious (In) Tolerance

    Religious (In) Tolerance

    Religious intolerance is unacceptable in a multi-ethnic society like ours. But the way things are today I fear something untoward will happen.

  • No Justice in Our System

    No Justice In Our System

    In the absence of a proper welfare system, it is left to the non-governmental organisations to take on the responsibility.

  • Are Our Cities Dangerous?

    Are Our Cities Dangerous?

    A liveable city incorporates the elements of safety, security, serenity and beauty. Perception too plays a part in determining liveability.

  • Religion as a Form of Control

    Religion As A Form Of Control

    Why demonise the liberals and the pluralistic when corruption and abuse of power by the higher-ups go unpunished?

  • Strange Bedfellows

    Strange Bedfellows

    Naivety was definitely not the reason why these strange bedfellows got together and signed a citizens’ declaration...

  • Hooked On Cheap Labour

    Hooked On Cheap Labour

    Foreign labour is nothing new. When tin was mined in pre-independent Malaya, Chinese, mainly from Southern China, were brought in to work in the mines.

  • Cleanliness Is Our Responsibility

    Cleanliness Is Our Responsibility

    Mayor Zamri Man is doing a marvelous (but thankless) job in spite of the many obstacles. These obstacles come from the “litt...read more

  • An Extraordinary Lady

    An Extraordinary Lady

    The imbroglio is made complicated by the Malay-Muslim psyche. Their penchant for increasing the Islamic ummah (followers) is the driving force.

  • A Fractured Relationship

    A Fractured Relationship

    The ugly incident says plenty about the sad state of our skewed racial relationship – a relationship borne out of desperation by a ruling party so fearful of losing power

  • Hoping For a Better Year

    Hoping For A Better Year

    Developments in Ipoh have been encouraging of late. Mayor Zamri Man proved his mettle by walking the talk.

  • Perak Budget 2016

    Perak Budget 2016

    Revenue-generating resources of a state are limited to land, water and religious tithes. Incomes derived from these sources are comparatively small.

  • A Confused Generation

    A Confused Generation

    There are no precise dates when the generation starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.

  • Rising Cost Of Living

    Rising Cost Of Living

    Eating out is a luxury few can afford these days. Today, a simple dinner for two at Pakeeza Restaurant will set you back by at least RM50.

  • Ipoh a Clean City?

    Ipoh A Clean City?

    Cleanliness is not measured by the length of drain or the tonnage of waste cleared. It is a relative term that transcends speculation and idealism.

  • Let's Be Malaysians

    Let's Be Malaysians

    Malaysians can care for themselves without interference from politicians who are bankrupt of ideas as how to manage this bountiful country.

  • A Sea Of Yellow

    A Sea Of Yellow

    Over 2000 turned up at the gathering of like-minded Ipohites who shared a common dislike – abhorrence of corruption and electoral frauds.

  • Getting Out Of Hand

    Getting Out Of Hand

    Janaki’s encounter with Council’s enforcement officers was numerous. Each time her peanuts, snacks and motor cycle would be confiscated and she had to pay a fine to retrieve them.

  • We Shouldn't Be Cowed

    We Shouldn't Be Cowed

    The rakyat have to speak up. We have to tell Putrajaya that we no longer condone its wrong-doings and allow our leaders to run roughshod over us...

  • Two Sets of Laws

    Two Sets Of Laws

    Arabisation of the Malays has eroded their will to be themselves. It is a real pity. My question is – do the Arabs care for us?

  • A Simple Wish List

    A Simple Wish List

    An efficient delivery system will engender affection for the Council. Ridding or simplifying the obnoxious visitors’ dress code should be the new Mayor’s priority.

  • Playing with Figures

    Playing With Figures

    Ipoh’s annual chargeable rate, at 16.5 per cent of property value, is the second highest in the country. Only Kuching hovers over us at 24 per cent.

  • Why Wait For A Discount?

    Why Wait For A Discount?

    Tempting wrongdoers to pay up by providing discounts is definitely not the answer. It will only encourage Ipohites to delay payment.

  • Chen, You're Our Hero

    Chen, You're Our Hero

    Lim would beat to a pulp enemy sympathisers and then release them. This was his method of getting the message across the Rejang wilderness.

  • My Kindred Spirit

    My Kindred Spirit

    In this time of uncertainty there are still people who will go out of their way to help the unfortunate, the maligned and the destitute.

  • Dress Code Confusing

    Dress Code Confusing

    It is not about imposing one’s will on others. It is about accepting diversity as a way of life – baju kurung, cheongsam and saree, notwithstanding.

  • Annual General Meetings

    Annual General Meetings

    This year the tussle for a seat on the committee will be less ‘thuggish’ thanks to an amended clause in the club’s constitution.

  • Is Health Tourism Possible?

    Is Health Tourism Possible?

    The issue is not geographical disposition but rather the dearth of promotional activities to put Ipoh on the health tourism map.

  • Too Close For Comfort

    Too Close For Comfort

    There are a number of reasons why the development is being considered. Piggy-backing on the success of one developer is a major factor why the project is being pursued with such haste.

  • Are We Ready For Local Government Elections?

    Are We Ready For Local Government Elections?

    Opposition-ruled Penang tried to bring back local government elections but was stonewalled by the Local Government Act 1976.

  • Coming to Terms with Reality

    Coming To Terms With Reality

    Having undergone this rather awkward situation, those helming Ipoh City Council should be more circumspect in their dealings with the media.

  • Keeping Watch on Ipoh

    Keeping Watch On Ipoh

    The fact that the Council backed down after owning its mistake, spurred Ipohites to go beyond illegal buildings and noise pollution…

  • A Tower Too Tall

    A Tower Too Tall

    What the telco did not anticipate was the resolve of the residents to take the fight up to the highest level should their demand for dismantling the tower be ignored.

  • Muslim Jihadists – A Looming Threat

    Muslim Jihadists – A Looming Threat

    They became willing converts to fight alongside the soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

  • A Depressing Report

    A Depressing Report

    The report by Khazanah Research Institute on the state of households is most depressing, as it is a sad reflection of Malaysians, in general.

  • Liberalism and Pluralism in Islam

    Liberalism And Pluralism In Islam

    Muslims deemed liberal and pluralistic in their outlook, like the members of SIS, are being labeled as “deviants” as t...read more

  • Harnessing the Potentials of Belum

    Harnessing The Potentials Of Belum

    The RM60,000 expended would go to waste if recommendations and proposals derived ended on the shelves of Dato’ Nolee Ashilin’s office.

  • A Rakyat-Centric Budget 2015?

    A Rakyat-Centric Budget 2015?

    Next year’s allocation of about RM240 billion is undoubtedly huge but the sum is insufficient to address Malaysians’ biggest problem – mounting household debts.  

  • Ipoh's Rothman's Corner

    Ipoh's Rothman's Corner

    Motorists from Jalan Kompleks Islam are well advised to be on high alert when turning into Jalan S.P. Senivasagam. Speeding cars from their right may not make way for them.

  • Not a Time for Merriment

    Not A Time For Merriment

    Editorial By Fathol Zaman Bukhari Over the weeks preceding Merdeka Day on August 31, I have been receiving a steady stream of emails and text messages wishing me a happy and jo...read more

  • From Pillar to Post

    From Pillar To Post

    Editorial By Fathol Zaman Bukhari Although a police permit is no longer required, the organiser must notify the officer in charge of a police district (OCPD) at least 10 days bef...read more

  • Will Boycotting Work?

    Will Boycotting Work?

    Editor\'s Desk By Fathol Zaman Bukhari The word “boycott” or “boikot” in Bahasa Malaysia has suddenly found a niche in the country’s predominantly M...read more

  • For a New Beginning

    For A New Beginning

    Editorial By G. Sivapragasam As we celebrate Hari Raya this year I am hoping that the people who make up this nation will take time to reflect on the direction the nation is taki...read more

  • Indiscretion In Kiwiland

    Indiscretion In Kiwiland

    Editorial By Fathol Zaman Bukhari The continuing saga of a Malaysian military attaché staff in Wellington, New Zealand is a hotly debated issue that is beginning to prick ...read more

  • Rooting Out Terror Groups

    Rooting Out Terror Groups

    Editorial By Fathol Zaman Bukhari I was caught off-guard when a Malay Mail reporter called me one recent afternoon to get my views regarding the arrest of a Royal Malaysian Navy ...read more

  • Corruption the Bane of Our Society

    Corruption The Bane Of Our Society

    If political parties bear the distinction of being the most corrupt institution in the country, which of the several does the name best describe?

  • A Victory for All Malaysians

    A Victory For All Malaysians

    Editorial By Fathol Zaman Bukhari Like many Malaysians I stayed till late at night on Sunday, May 25 glued to the television cheering for our badminton team, as it battled Japan ...read more

  • From Deference to Disrespect

    From Deference To Disrespect

    The relationship between authority and its citizens has changed. No longer is Authority allowed absolute freedom to do what they feel is right

  • Message to the Community

    Message To The Community

    There are many things that we ourselves can do to improve the quality of our lives. What we need is a change of mind-set that goes beyond selfishness.

  • All for the Wrong Reasons

    All For The Wrong Reasons

    Malaysians are so accustomed to the condescending attitude of civil servants and politicians that most have come to regard it as hazards of being Malaysians.

  • Zambry's Reassuring Words

    Zambry's Reassuring Words

    I was somewhat sceptical of his arguments considering that the only sources of revenue for states are from land, water and religious tithes

  • A Convenient Front to Hide

    A Convenient Front To Hide

    I shall leave the non-IT savvy out (especially those of my generation), as many of us do not even know the difference between tweeting and texting

  • Parking Problem Critical

    Parking Problem Critical

    In spite of the many “goodies” coming the way of Ipoh’s general hospital, no mention is made of ways to overcome the onerous problem facing Ipohites on a daily basis – parking!

  • Cleaning Up Their Act

    Cleaning Up Their Act

    Contractors need to clean up their act. If they are constantly let off the hook, they will come to consider such infringements as permissible

  • The Humble Kangkong

    The Humble Kangkong

    Will a one-off payment of between RM650 to RM300 enough to address the problem? It will, in all probability, create a temporary feel-good feeling that will dissipate over time…

  • Roshidi's Swan Song

    Roshidi's Swan Song

    His critics may have nothing good to say about him. But having known the man, I find Roshidi to be honest, friendly, easy-going and very articulate. He makes a good politician.

  • Of Veterans and Losing Faith

    Of Veterans And Losing Faith

    Malay Muslims should be more circumspect about ceremonies to honour fallen heroes than to submit selflessly to fatwas which are man-made

  • One Press Conference Too Many

    One Press Conference Too Many

    We were invited to a media conference on a proposed event which would take place the following day. My question is, why must a conference be arranged when we are privy to the event taking place?

  • Happy Malaysia Day?

    Happy Malaysia Day?

    What have we achieved after half a century of existence? We are still as fractious as we were five decades ago. I still need a permit to enter Sabah and Sarawak

  • Remembering Sybil Kathigasu

    Remembering Sybil Kathigasu

    If you ask the youths today whether they know either Sybil Kathigasu or Awang anak Rawang, most will reply in the negative.