Being sandwiched by its larger and seemingly “aggressive” neighbours, the tiny “red dot” has little choice but to arm itself.
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
By Fathol Zaman Bukhari The Kledang Range, an offshoot of the Main Range has, since time immemorial, been a source of ins...read more
Judging from the “altercation” the long-cherished marketing adage about customers being the king does not feature in TNB’s scheme of things.
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.
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
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.
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.
It gets a little nauseating when these titled persons insist on being addressed perpetually with their titles.
The project would be a public-private partnership with the army providing the land and the private entity, the finance.
The continued inaction by the government over marriages involving minors is making Malaysia a haven for paedophiles
The decision for Danyal to vacate his PD seat was orchestrated by some people with vested interest within PKR.
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-long session, August 6 to 13, had been cordial except for the many outbursts from both PH and BN assemblymen.
What Perakeans found most discomforting is the constant bickering over posts and appointments. When will Faizal and his merry men settle down to work?
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 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 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.
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
Malaysians bid farewell to 61 years of misrule and welcome the dawn of a new era filled with hopes and expectations
Zaidi’s quick thinking saved the distraught woman from certain death in a watery grave.
The Bill does not specify what amounts to fake news since the illustrations listed in it are narrow and not exhaustive.
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?
The premise that Kuok became super-duper rich because he was given a concession, a carte blanche to do business is very naïve.
There are laws prohibiting littering but they are seldom enforced, as the punishments do not reflect the severity of the offence.
Only 30 percent of the youths surveyed cared about politics. The rest are more concerned about the economy.
And to claim that only one particular race is responsible for the country’s well-being is definitely in poor taste.
So, what is in stock for us in 2018? There are five official long weekends and 11 public holidays to contend with.
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
Had loan repayment been consistent, PTPTN should have, by now, collected RM18.97 billion.
This unprecedented tragedy had brought both good and bad out of ordinary folks
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.
If his bid is successful Sahid promises to not only widen but light up the whole stretch of the expressway.
Why are such schools so popular with the Malay Muslim community? I’ll offer an answer, it has much to do with religion
Being the host nation we are never short of controversies, the most glaring being the upside-down Indonesian flag printed in the souvenir programme.
I don’t blame the system it is the people behind the system who are at fault.
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?
Points are deducted when an offence is committed, the amount is contingent upon the severity of the infringement
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.
I am often asked if ragging is prevalent at RMC and in military establishments. I will be lying if I say otherwise.
Creating awareness, in all fairness, is good but will it work?
Having read Ding’s mother’s sacrifices for her only child, it saddens me. Obviously, I have not done enough.
The best the Council could muster was a feeble, “it’s God’s will”. Reminds me of Samy Velu’s response to the many landslides that occurred then.
The weekly adjustment in petrol prices is not making things any easier.
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
A recent survey by MACC revealed that half of Malaysian civil servants found guilty of graft are under the age of 40.
If the religion preaches compassion and forgiveness then why the urgency to enforce stricter punishments for crimes?
The health department had identified 60 dengue-prone areas in Perak of which nine are classified as dengue hotspots.
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.
One should not consider aesthetics and convenience as basis for holding an event as momentous as a car-free day.
What we are seeing today is a dual economy taking place similar to what happened in Indonesia during the economic downturn of the 1980s.
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.
Although Lonely Planet did not venture beyond the obvious in describing the attributes of Ipoh and Perak,their inclusion is enough...read more
Islam forbids its followers to commit suicide. It is considered sinful. But Shukri felt otherwise.
All these incidents have engendered us nothing but brickbats, making Malaysia the laughing stock of the world.
These bloopers are symptomatic of a much larger problem – the state of our education system.
In the army if you are not in the right corps you are damned forever...
Malaysia has many talented sportsmen and sportswomen. However, if they are never nurtured they will soon sink into oblivion.
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.
The inevitable has happened and city fathers have the private sector to thank for this timely boost.
Support from the Malay Muslim masses is aplenty and this is not only possible but fearful too
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.
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.
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 intolerance is unacceptable in a multi-ethnic society like ours. But the way things are today I fear something untoward will happen.
In the absence of a proper welfare system, it is left to the non-governmental organisations to take on the responsibility.
A liveable city incorporates the elements of safety, security, serenity and beauty. Perception too plays a part in determining liveability.
Why demonise the liberals and the pluralistic when corruption and abuse of power by the higher-ups go unpunished?
Naivety was definitely not the reason why these strange bedfellows got together and signed a citizens’ declaration...
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.
Mayor Zamri Man is doing a marvelous (but thankless) job in spite of the many obstacles. These obstacles come from the “litt...read more
The imbroglio is made complicated by the Malay-Muslim psyche. Their penchant for increasing the Islamic ummah (followers) is the driving force.
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
Developments in Ipoh have been encouraging of late. Mayor Zamri Man proved his mettle by walking the talk.
Revenue-generating resources of a state are limited to land, water and religious tithes. Incomes derived from these sources are comparatively small.
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.
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.
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.
Malaysians can care for themselves without interference from politicians who are bankrupt of ideas as how to manage this bountiful country.
Over 2000 turned up at the gathering of like-minded Ipohites who shared a common dislike – abhorrence of corruption and electoral frauds.
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.
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...
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?
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.
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.
Tempting wrongdoers to pay up by providing discounts is definitely not the answer. It will only encourage Ipohites to delay payment.
Lim would beat to a pulp enemy sympathisers and then release them. This was his method of getting the message across the Rejang wilderness.
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.
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.
This year the tussle for a seat on the committee will be less ‘thuggish’ thanks to an amended clause in the club’s constitution.
The issue is not geographical disposition but rather the dearth of promotional activities to put Ipoh on the health tourism map.
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.
Opposition-ruled Penang tried to bring back local government elections but was stonewalled by the Local Government Act 1976.
Having undergone this rather awkward situation, those helming Ipoh City Council should be more circumspect in their dealings with the media.
The fact that the Council backed down after owning its mistake, spurred Ipohites to go beyond illegal buildings and noise pollution…
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.
They became willing converts to fight alongside the soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The report by Khazanah Research Institute on the state of households is most depressing, as it is a sad reflection of Malaysians, in general.
Muslims deemed liberal and pluralistic in their outlook, like the members of SIS, are being labeled as “deviants” as t...read more
The RM60,000 expended would go to waste if recommendations and proposals derived ended on the shelves of Dato’ Nolee Ashilin’s office.
Next year’s allocation of about RM240 billion is undoubtedly huge but the sum is insufficient to address Malaysians’ biggest problem – mounting household debts.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
If political parties bear the distinction of being the most corrupt institution in the country, which of the several does the name best describe?
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
The relationship between authority and its citizens has changed. No longer is Authority allowed absolute freedom to do what they feel is right
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.
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.
I was somewhat sceptical of his arguments considering that the only sources of revenue for states are from land, water and religious tithes
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
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!
Contractors need to clean up their act. If they are constantly let off the hook, they will come to consider such infringements as permissible
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…
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.
Malay Muslims should be more circumspect about ceremonies to honour fallen heroes than to submit selflessly to fatwas which are man-made
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?
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
If you ask the youths today whether they know either Sybil Kathigasu or Awang anak Rawang, most will reply in the negative.