Some years ago on a MAS flight to London, an Indian Malaysian hostess asked me: What do you study?
And I said politics.
She uttered, ‘Oh, so you want to be like Lim Liong Sik is it?’
You can imagine my bafflement on hearing this. Anyway, my cheekiness got the better of me as I found myself telling her that had I really desired a political career, I would most probably do better than Lim, the MCA president at the time.… Read the article
On 11 June 2008 The Star carried a picture of the Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Shahrir Samad, using the KLIA Transit. He was quoted as having said that he was trying to use public transport in response to the hike in the price of petrol. His verdict after 2 days of usage: not very convenient.… Read the article
At the beginning of a seminar I attended several years ago, we were given the following three questions to consider.
If you could decide, at what age would you like to die?
If you were able to write your own obituary, what would you write?
If you could choose, what would you have written on your gravestone?… Read the article
‘MYANMAR JUNTA ACCUSED OF DELAY IN STORM RELIEF’, ‘MYANMAR VOTES AS RULERS KEEP TIGHT GRIP ON AID,’ ‘JUNTA LEADERS POWER-HUNGRY AS PEOPLE STARVE,’ ‘JUNTA; SUU KYI DESERVES FLOGGING,’ ‘MUGABE’S BRUTALITY TO FORCE ELECTION VICTORY IS REVEALED,’ ‘ZIMBABWE ARMY UNLEASHING TERROR,’ ‘MUGABE MUST CALL OFF HIS DOGS,’ ‘MUGABE JUNTA HAS KILLED 66’.… Read the article
His office in the Prime Minister’s Office with its tall glass windows afforded visitors a panoramic view of those grand buildings, manicured gardens and famous bridges in Putrajaya. The minister in the PM’s Department (and former deputy chief minister and chief minister of Sabah) was relaxed, very warm and hospitable, easy in his manners, informal and welcoming.… Read the article
It is not as if those of us who argue against government mismanagement, lack of forward planning and lack of transparency about the disbursements of Petronas profits from higher oil prices are any less sober than those who argue against fuel subsidies per se. Nor are we necessarily against properly managed withdrawal or reduction of fuel subsidies if there is a corresponding reinvestment into such infrastructure enhancement as public transportation.… Read the article
Last week, I chanced on an article in The Malaysian Insider entitled, “Malaysia improving in corruption index, can do better”. Basically the article was by Bernama, the Malaysian news agency, on a report presented by Transparency International (TI) Malaysia president Tan Sri Ramon V. Navaratnam on June 12.
Malaysia has made a headway in the battle against corruption, but the country can do better, according to an analysis in a United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP) report.… Read the article
Shamala, Subashini, Nyonya Tahir, Lina Joy, Moorthy, Revathi. These are names recognisable to Malaysians.
The issues which emerge upon the conversion of a family member are multi-fold and have great implications on our most fundamental human rights. They are the subject of reform proposals today. We cannot afford to be left out of this debate.… Read the article
Transforming Society: How Christians Can Impact The Public Square in Malaysia (Biblical Perspectives) – Part 2
“Those who wish even to focus on the problem of a Christian ethic are faced with an outrageous demand – from the outset they must give up, as in appropriate to this topic, the very two questions that led them to deal with the ethical problem: “How can I be good?” and “How can I do something good?” Instead they must ask the wholly other, completely different question: what is the will of God?”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the chapter on “Christ, Reality, and Good” in Ethics
After the recent March 8th Elections, even until the month of June, the interest in politics has not waned.… Read the article