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  • Seven Favourite Attractions for Malaysians

    Seven Favourite Attractions For Malaysians

    Malaysians are widely travelled. You could be in a casino in Monte Carlo, or an Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam, or waiting in ...read more

  • Thrills, Tantrums and Trust

    Thrills, Tantrums And Trust

    Syabas and congratulations to all the Malaysian sportsmen who competed at the Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro in August. You are an inspiration to us and to our youth.

  • Have the Big Fish Slipped Through the Net?

    Have The Big Fish Slipped Through The Net?

    In 2015, the exposé of a Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) corruption scandal, involving the procurement of goods from the Depot B...read more

  • An Online Movement to Support Working Mothers

    An Online Movement To Support Working Mothers

    Working mothers are often frustrated by the lack of support, when taking care of their children. A number of mothers are forced to...read more

  • I Married an African

    I Married An African

    By Mariam Mokhtar Not all Africans are bad, as many Malaysians will attest, although you occasionally hear disturbing stories about the activities of Africans studying at private ...read more

  • Does Perak Need Another University?

    Does Perak Need Another University?

    Should we be rejoicing that Perak has another university? Some of you might ask, "Do we really need another university or should w...read more

  • Water, Water Everywhere

    Water, Water Everywhere

    Somewhere, on the ground floor of the Perak Tourist Board in Ipoh, is a grainy black and white photo of the Great Ipoh Flood. If memory serves me right, the photo was taken around 1924.

  • Don't want to pay the toll? Then, wake-up early!

    Don't Want To Pay The Toll? Then, Wake-up Early!

    Far from understanding the woes and suffering of the ordinary rakyat, one minister has asked citizens who refuse to pay the toll, ...read more

  • From Campaigning to Campus

    From Campaigning To Campus

    She is headstrong, opinionated and makes heads turn, but Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud is just another Ipohite, a familiar face, for the Malaysian expats, in London.

  • Kevin Morais: Why did no-one see anything?

    Kevin Morais: Why Did No-one See Anything?

    On September 18, family members, former colleagues, schoolmates and friends of the murdered Deputy Public Prosecutor, Kevin Morais...read more

  • We don't really care about our environment

    We Don't Really Care About Our Environment

    Thinking Allowed By Mariam Mokhtar On 1 December 2012, Penang became the first Malaysian state to ban the use of styrofoam packa...read more

  • The Busy Cook's Cheats

    The Busy Cook's Cheats

    Thinking Allowed By Mariam Mokhtar Do you feel guilty when you cheat at cooking? Of course not! You're a working mother and time is precious. With GST and increasing prices, you ...read more

  • Controlling Your Anger

    Controlling Your Anger

    Thinking Allowed By Mariam Mokhtar Anger is an emotion which we all feel from time to time. The person who drives into your parking spot, just as you are carefully reversing your...read more

  • 前pen Houses' are a Great Show of Unity

    前pen Houses' Are A Great Show Of Unity

    Contrary to popular opinion, the cost of hosting the ‘Open House’ is not borne by the politician, but is paid for by t...read more

  • Challenge the Dress Code, in Court

    Challenge The Dress Code, In Court

    In May, the Ipoh Echo article ‘Dress Code Confusing’ sparked debate among Ipoh netizens, when they read about the mann...read more

  • Shock Waves Disturb Tranquility of Lumut Naval Base

    Shock Waves Disturb Tranquility Of Lumut Naval Base

    The tranquillity of the Lumut naval base was shattered when the chattering classes in the naval community were horrified to learn ...read more

  • 1961 Crime Statistics were 都hocking

    1961 Crime Statistics Were 都hocking

    In 1961, it was reported, in the Straits Times, that the number of reported crimes had doubled from the previous year. It made 196...read more

  • Ruth's Labour of Love

    Ruth's Labour Of Love

    Thinking Allowed By Mariam Mokhtar In 2009, Ruth Iversen Rollitt, the daughter of one of Malaya’s most distinguished architects, Berthel Michael Iversen, was in Ipoh attend...read more

  • A Man's View

    A Man's View

    Many women think that events which highlight violence against women, are poorly attended by men. Someone who is experienced in women’s rights issues said, “At talks and...read more

  • Would you allow your underage daughter to get married?

    Would You Allow Your Underage Daughter To Get Married?

    From time to time, stories about child marriages will emerge and the details will doubtless shock you. A few months ago, a rapist ...read more

  • Smugglers Paradise, Sabotage or Sour Grapes?

    Smugglers Paradise, Sabotage Or Sour Grapes?

    Perakians are familiar with the seaside town of Kuala Sepetang (Port Weld), in Larut Matang. The area is renowned for its tourism ...read more

  • MasterChef's Food Safari in Ipoh

    MasterChef's Food Safari In Ipoh

    Although Catherine Chin Wan Ping Coombes, an avid viewer of the MasterChef television show, likes cooking and experimenting with d...read more

  • Keeping playgrounds clean and safe is not child's play

    Keeping Playgrounds Clean And Safe Is Not Child's Play

    You are the parents of small children and, like other people, you believe in fresh air and exercise. You often take your children ...read more

  • UPSR  A Lesson in Cheating

    UPSR A Lesson In Cheating

    The integrity of our education system is as stake. If we are to continue having the best education system in the world, the systemic leakage of examination papers must be stopped. ...read more

  • Let the plants do the talking

    Let The Plants Do The Talking

    Thinking Allowed By Mariam Mokhtar You are a keen gardener but the soil in your garden is of poor quality. Fertiliser cannot work wonders and you can’t afford to keep buyin...read more

  • From Parit to Paris

    From Parit To Paris

    Thinking Allowed By Mariam Mokhtar Nurul Hana Jamaludin pinched herself as she gazed at the Eiffel Tower, lit like a Christmas tree, against the night sky and said, “When I...read more

  • Museums: Dusty storerooms or centres of culture?

    Museums: Dusty Storerooms Or Centres Of Culture?

    Thinking Allowed By Mariam Mokhtar Few Malaysians visit museums even if one is near their home. To put it bluntly, many Malaysia...read more

  • Malaysians need quality education, not quantity education

    Malaysians Need Quality Education, Not Quantity Education

    Thinking Allowed By Mariam Mokhtar When the results of the Teluk Intan by-election were announced, the residents of Teluk Inta...read more

  • A Mother's Work

    A Mother's Work

    Behind every strong and determined woman is another woman: her mother. When two women were thrown into the headlines recently, their most striking remarks were to attribute their s...read more

  • How did we fail them?

    How Did We Fail Them?

    Picture the scene: A 7-week-old baby is tightly swaddled and cradled in his mother’s arms. He is thin, but so is she. She is pale and wan, and looks much older than her 23-years

  • When Water Becomes More Expensive Than Petrol

    When Water Becomes More Expensive Than Petrol

    Not many people are aware that water, can be more expensive than petrol. Just ask the people in some parts of Selangor, or the peo...read more

  • A Sporting Challenge

    A Sporting Challenge

    Perak needs more women in public life, and it is encouraging to see more women taking an active role in the development of the physical and mental health of our youth.

  • Save Yourself a Fortune

    Save Yourself A Fortune

    There are difficult times ahead especially when increases in household incomes have not kept up with outgoings. As Malaysians gear up for more price hikes and families struggle to ...read more

  • Ipoh's Reputation Trashed

    Ipoh's Reputation Trashed

    Last March, Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim, said that the Ipoh City Council (MBI) was hoping to achieve an 80 per cent level of cleanliness in the city by August. It is now November...

  • Boy Has Lucky Escape

    Boy Has Lucky Escape

    Mohd Amar Mohd Aziz, a ten-year-old primary schoolboy from Sekolah Kebangsaan Belanga, in Parit had a lucky escape after being shot by a police sergeant on Monday October 14.

  • Birds Foul-Up Clear Vision

    Birds Foul-Up Clear Vision

    Malaysians are aware that the use of CCTVs has taken off in Malaysia. The idea is to reduce our dependency on security guards, because of problems in finding suitable and responsible workers.

  • Is This Possible?

    Is This Possible?

    Thinking Allowed By Mariam Mokhtar At the first, post-General Election 13, state assembly sitting last month, Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir, announced th...read more