Why an anti-hopping law won’t work, and what will BY HAFIDZ BAHAROM There have been a spate of local non-government organisations in Malaysia writing about support towards having an Anti-Hopping Law. Such a law is supposed to stop Malaysian politicians from jumping from their political parties and toppling a government, as we saw in February … Continue reading Why an anti-hopping law won’t work, and what will
Here’s a question. We are now living in the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period. We have had three months of safety briefings and daily updates from the Director General of our Ministry of Health, telling us to constantly wash our hands, take care of our personal hygiene, and even to avoid confined and closed … Continue reading Did we put COVID-19 patients in flammable death traps?
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
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 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
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
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?
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
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? 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?