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
I had a discussion recently regarding the topic of meritocracy and affirmative action, and how the two can go hand in hand or end up all balls up wrong. After multiple shots of coffee and even a few sessions 3-metres away, this question comes up from one of my friends. "So, if we go by … Continue reading Why merit isn’t about merit
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
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
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
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?
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
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
The supposed temple issue in Selangor is not a new one. In fact, ever since a Pakatan Harapan government took root in the state under Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, there have been continued issues with the relocation of Hindu temples. Case in point, the temple move in Shah Alam early in the days of … Continue reading Temple fracas: Not new for Selangor, but…
Yet another person came up and said that they were disappointed with the way Pakatan Harapan is running the country. And yes, these are people who openly admit they voted for Pakatan Harapan. Which I think is odd, seeing as how the new government has only been in power for...86 or 87 days, at the … Continue reading Stick with it!