THINKING ALLOWED

  • 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

  • Stairway to Injury

    Stairway To Injury

    In early February this year, the Director-General of the Department of Occupational Health and Safety (DOSH), Ir. Mohtar Musri, told "The SunDaily", that between 2011 and May 2015,...read more

  • Find Ways to Stimulate Children, and Adults, to Read

    Find Ways To Stimulate Children, And Adults, To Read

    The Perak State Library set a new Guinness World Record for the largest pyramid of paperbacks and hardback books. It was three met...read more

  • Before 1Malaysia, there was Yasmin Ahmad

    Before 1Malaysia, There Was Yasmin Ahmad

    Just before Merdeka, and major festivals, like Chinese New Year, Deepavali or Hari Raya, all Malaysians used to look forward to a Yasmin Ahmad commercial.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • What Happened to Civic Mindedness?

    What Happened To Civic Mindedness?

    Nursyuhada Johari, a 20-year-old student at the UiTM Permatang Pauh campus died after her throat was slashed by a 25-year-old cook...read more

  • Protect the Children from Paedophiles

    Protect The Children From Paedophiles

    It is very hard to convince people that children are more likely to suffer sexual abuse from the people whom they trust, such as r...read more

  • Will we now respect the environment?

    Will We Now Respect The Environment?

    The floods are an annual occurrence, so if we are taken unawares, we need only blame ourselves for lacking preparation. Some peopl...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

  • 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

  • Compassion for a Special-Needs Mother

    Compassion For A Special-Needs Mother

    Thinking Allowed By Mariam Mokhtar Malaysians were shocked to read about 15-year-old Muhammad Firdaus Dullah, who has cerebral p...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

  • Karpal Singh: Noble and Able Defender of the Defenceless

    Karpal Singh: Noble And Able Defender Of The Defenceless

    Thinking Allowed By Mariam Mokhtar Karpal Singh, who died with his aide, in an horrific car crash near Gua Tempurung in the ea...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

  • The Guardian of the FireFlies

    The Guardian Of The FireFlies

    For 49-year-old Khairul, who is affectionately dubbed ‘The Guardian of the Fireflies of Kuala Sepetang’, Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014 could not have come at a better ...read more

  • 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