Life term for the guilty?17 January 2017 @ 10:18 AM
Many cultural aspects are left for dead in Malaysia, but in this case, it is a lot better to kill off corruption, which is fast evolving into a practical culture.
Cases that have been brought forward of late can bear testimony to that and can definitely make a confident trickster squirm many times over.
We are no longer talking about thousands of ringgit of corruption gains but huge sums exchanging hands as dirty money to legitimise a crooked deal.
Public perception is still negative10 January 2017 @ 10:20 AM
The crime index has gone down. However, public perception of the police is either still negative or remains unchanged.
Yes, incidences of crime may be statistically recorded. But, public perception is general understanding or impression about the whole issue. Like cases of road crashes. It may be stupendously indicated that 2,000 fewer accidents were recorded the whole of last year. But, it doesn’t mean a thing to the ordinary folk who hear about this and that horrifying crash every other day of the week.
What we hope not to hear, see in 20173 January 2017 @ 11:13 AM
Some of the common scenes or statements we hope we will no longer see or hear this new year:
EXCUSES AFTER BUS CRASHES
When a crash occurs, everyone, from the Transport Ministry, Land Public Transport Commission, Road Transport Department (RTD), Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research to the soon-to-be- established Malaysian Transport Safety Board will come forward to give their assessments. But, none of the remarks would be so much as to self-inflict.
Bizarre issue of fresh grad salaries27 December 2016 @ 11:53 AM
UNREALISTIC or not, the issue of fresh graduates whining about the problem of making ends meet and therefore demanding big starting salaries has become a persistent lament.
It has turned out to be so bizarre actually. There are nearly half a million graduates who are without jobs, creating an employers’ market. Yet, these job seekers are demanding salaries of between RM3,500 and RM6,500, deemed “unrealistic” by many quarters in the JobStreet.com survey last month.
Breathing new life into local humour20 December 2016 @ 11:01 AM
Goodbye slapsticks and lawak bodoh. Harith Iskander’s sensational victory in the funniest man in the world competition in Levi, Finland, last week will go a long way to finally change the character and brand of Malaysian humour from crude practical jokes to clever and more tasteful use of sharp wit and wisecracks.
The dying art of the 'surat layang'6 December 2016 @ 11:02 AM
The surat layang, a highly-infectious “ballistic missile” dispatch that assassinates a targeted person’s character and once widely used in the 1970s and 1980s, has changed its essence and texture.
A fitting tribute...29 November 2016 @ 11:00 AM
HE spent almost his entire working life teaching at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK), building a devotion that was hard to surpass. And for that, Tan Gim Hoe was given a fitting tribute by the old boys of the school at their annual dinner in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday night.
What was even more heart-warming was that Tan’s story struck the right chord in the consciously volatile ethnic relations in the country today.
The Elvis Presley of Malaysia22 November 2016 @ 11:00 AM
Storytelling has always come easy to Lat, previously through witty and amusing cartoons, and now using pure words.
The nation’s most-loved cartoonist, in his text-dominated latest book, Lat: My Life And Cartoons, launched in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, on Saturday for instance, related an unforgettable and frantic situation many years back at the Kai Tak International Airport in Hong Kong as he was waiting to catch a flight back to Kuala Lumpur.
To what extent should privacy protection be given?24 May 2016 @ 11:00 AM
This story from Dubai, grossly underplayed in Malaysia but which got big attention elsewhere, should captivate most men the world over. It came last Thursday and read: “A woman has been fined and faces deportation after a court in the United Arab Emirates convicted her of reading text messages on her husband’s phone.”
Oh dear. Could this ever happen in this country? Not that I wish it should, otherwise I could be condemned as a sexist and a horde of women would jump on and possibly maim me.
Sickness and calamities can happen anywhere, any time17 May 2016 @ 11:00 AM
The suddenness, the jolt and the thunderbolt that struck friends and fellow beings around us of late, must have been a stark and cold reminder from the Almighty about how weak and vulnerable we mere mortals are.
We have just been taken aback by news about Jelebu member of parliament (MP) Datuk Zainudin Ismail, who collapsed at his house in Kuala Klawang on Friday.