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

Some questions on the palm oil issue

If you've been paying attention to the palm oil industry recently, you would note that the minister in charge Teresa Kok has been adamantly screeching at Norway for stopping the imports of biofuel. Apparently France is also going about doing the same thing as well. But at the same time, why the noise? Personally I … Continue reading Some questions on the palm oil issue

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