Unity can’t happen in silos, needs common ground

By Hafidz Baharom In the past week, views have been published in the media about how Malaysia has become a mess, with some even saying the country is dying. As melodramatic as it is to the point of being worthy of a Cerekarama script, Malaysia does have a problem. However, do people really want it … Continue reading Unity can’t happen in silos, needs common ground

Column – More to affordable home equation

HOUSING and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin announced that the government will now allow student loan defaulters to be exempted from housing loan rules. I am not sure how the CCRIS system of credit checks will allow this. A credit score in the system is affected even by the payment of utility bills. And how … Continue reading Column – More to affordable home equation

Selling off PLUS needs answers

Selling off PLUS needs answers By Hafidz Baharom It comes as quite a surprise that the government is considering to sell off their stake in the North South Expressway toll concessionaire PLUS to Maju Holdings. Though to be fair, it was even more surprising that Utusan Malaysia is in support of the deal. That is … Continue reading Selling off PLUS needs answers

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

Letter – Can ICERD undo xenophobic barriers?

It seems the country is divided on whether Malaysia should sign the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). So, I would do what I usually do first — open up a web browser, google it, read a Wikipedia page and subsequently the links attached. And this is what I … Continue reading Letter – Can ICERD undo xenophobic barriers?

Full article – Change, but change meaningfully

Change, but change meaningfully By Hafidz Baharom It was an awkward week when you have a prime minister saying that a government linked investment company did not achieve it’s objective of furthering the Bumiputera agenda. Mostly because he was talking about Khazanah Nasional Bhd, which I’m not sure if it even had the duty of … Continue reading Full article – Change, but change meaningfully

Column – Why settle study loans

Why settle study loans Posted on 19 March 2018 - 08:05am Hafidz Baharom BEFORE we talk about the National Higher Education Fund Corp (PTPTN), let's understand that it is primarily a rolling fund. This means it can only dish out money that it gets back. Thus, if borrowers don't pay or service their loans, it … Continue reading Column – Why settle study loans

From plastic bags to quinoa, is #undirosak still the immature and brain damaged ones?

From plastic bags to quinoa, is #undirosak still the immature and brain damaged ones? By Hafidz Baharom In the last two weeks, this has been the campaigns leading up to the 14th General Election. It was initially to call us using the #undirosak hashtag as “immature, brain damaged, treasonous” and even going so far as … Continue reading From plastic bags to quinoa, is #undirosak still the immature and brain damaged ones?

The Heat Malaysia column – Malaysia’s shrinking media scene 

A news piece in a local portal caught my eye, detailing the plight of the media sector, particularly journalists. If you have yet to notice, there has definitely been a shrinking media industry in Malaysia. In fact, this trend will not be turning around anytime soon, and it did not start with The Malaysian Insider. … Continue reading The Heat Malaysia column – Malaysia’s shrinking media scene 

The Malay Mail Online: Can Malaysian families afford a homemaker?

APRIL 29 — In the past week, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) once again raised the issue of how wives joining the workforce would neglect families. For those who may not know, our labour figures show that 52 per cent of Malaysian women are participating in our workforce these days, with further encouragement by government agencies … Continue reading The Malay Mail Online: Can Malaysian families afford a homemaker?