Why an anti-hopping law won’t work, and what will

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

Did we put COVID-19 patients in flammable death traps?

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?

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

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?

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 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?

Letter – Use the anti-hysteria kit in Pangkalan Chepa

Use the anti-hysteria kit in Pangkalan Chepa by Hafidz Baharom Currently, a spate of cases on hysteria in SMK Pangkalan Chepa 2, Kota Bharu, has the nation wondering how to deal with such a situation. Insofar, authorities have decided to close down the school after a “black figure” was spotted on camera. The picture is … Continue reading Letter – Use the anti-hysteria kit in Pangkalan Chepa

On ageism and professional comments — Hafidz Baharom

MARCH 31 — The recent comments by Datuk Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid on how Malaysia Airlines Bhd’s (MAB) cabin crew brought to mind an incident between Clare Booth, 35, and Dorothy Parker, then an elderly socialite. See, Booth and Parker apparently went to a social event in which both of them tried to exit through the … Continue reading On ageism and professional comments — Hafidz Baharom