Malaysia and Sedition

It was a running joke a few years back that anything bad said about Najib Razak and his entire cabinet could lead to a Sedition Act charge. With the so-called election of a "New Malaysia" government, the calls are already out regarding the disappointment for this law still existing. With 4 cases now under the … Continue reading Malaysia and Sedition

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Why Khalid Samad is right about closing nightspots on time

If you haven't read or heard, Federal Territory Minister Khalid Samad has been pushing for nightspots to close according to their licensed closing hours in Kuala Lumpur. This was earlier met by brickbats by certain activists and even the industry. But honestly, if you bought a license that allows you to operate only up to … Continue reading Why Khalid Samad is right about closing nightspots on time

By hook or by crook politics of patronage

Patronage politics is not new. It has been going on for some time, particularly if we look at rural areas of the predominantly Malay diaspora. You can even draw the scene to be similar to that seen in "The Art of Killing" - an Indonesian documentary regarding those who carried out the anti-communist purge in … Continue reading By hook or by crook politics of patronage

How do you “public transport” a place like Penang?

Gosh. What a loaded question. If you've been reading the news (read: Free Malaysia Today), you would notice that there has been a lot of back and forth between those who want the Penang LRT and those who believe the focus should be on existing public transport. Both have good points - Penang Island has … Continue reading How do you “public transport” a place like Penang?

Things Malaysia gets wrong about the smoking ban

A family dinner last weekend coined a new phrase - "heading three metres out" - a term now used for going out for a smoke. For those not in the know, Malaysia has now banned smoking at all eateries altogether, open air or indoors, even roadside stalls. The distance highlighted in the regulations now pulled … Continue reading Things Malaysia gets wrong about the smoking ban

UEC – Two scenarios

The debate for Malaysia to recognise the United Examination Certificate (UEC) has gone on for some time - probably for the past four years or more. Those proposing that the nation recognise this certificate are mostly from the Malaysian ethnic Chinese communities, from the education collective to non-Malay majority political parties, particularly the MCA and … Continue reading UEC – Two scenarios

Is government protecting airport taxis and limos?

The question needs to be asked, especially in lieu of the new notice from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) that e-hailing drivers are now no longer allowed to pick up passengers at airports. This was announced yesterday after a Grab driver was issued a summons for picking up a passenger at Penang International Airport. However, … Continue reading Is government protecting airport taxis and limos?

If you want government contracts, then stop calling it a New Malaysia

I wasn't surprised when PPBM VP Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said it would be stupid not to give contracts and works to division leaders of the party so that they can gain cash to service their divisions. I wasn't even surprised when this was followed up by him saying the party needed to … Continue reading If you want government contracts, then stop calling it a New Malaysia