PAUL Walker may not be a Hollywood superstar of the stature of Brad Pitt or Sean Connery, but his recent death following a car crash left an indelible mark on many.
LIKE most Malaysians, I must admit that I tend to take things with a grain of salt and need a lot of convincing before I can commit to something.
THE global outpouring of respect for Nelson Mandela suggests that we're not just saying goodbye to the man at his death but that we're losing a certain kind of leader, unique on the world stage today, and we are mourning that just as much. Mandela had an extraordinary amount of "moral authority". Why? And how did he get it?
I HAVE met very many leaders during my 29 years as deputy prime minister and prime minister. But none comes close to the stature of Nelson Mandela, freedom fighter and president of the Union of South Africa.
EVERY year, the north-east monsoon season sees continuous rains that bring floods to Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.
EVERY year, when the Auditor-General's Report and Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index are released, they never fail to capture the attention of the public and government. Issues that arise from what is revealed are brought up in Parliament, roundly lamented and then, some sort of task force or integrity unit is set up or policy passed. This is only to be expected; with any report card and highlighting of deficits must come a plan of action for how to improve. Otherwise, what would be the point of the report card?
AFTER years of economic malaise, Japan is bouncing back. Investors have been impressed by the country's progress this year, which saw the Nikkei index rising by almost 40 per cent and the economy expanding for a third straight quarter in April-June.
BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron was feted by China's leaders during his three-day trip to the country but much of his diet consisted of humble pie, which he manfully swallowed, pointing to "a visit that has delivered almost STG6 billion (RM31.6 billion) worth of deals", including one to export pig semen to raise the quality of Chinese pork.
ANOTHER Christmas will be with us in about three weeks. Often, at this time, children, and even adults, make a wish for what they want for Christmas, usually in the form of gifts.
THIS is in reference to the recent hike in electricity tariff. Admittedly, we can't talk about electricity without discussing independent power producers (IPPs). Why have IPPs become the opposition's whipping boy to stir public sentiment in the last few decades?
MANY city dwellers are shocked at the hike in assessment rates by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
T HE hike in assessment rates in the city is a disservice to the public.
THERE will be long-term pension implications following the Selangor state assemblymen's pay hike.
WAY back in 2005, I had written to the New Straits Times to suggest that a permanent disaster relief fund be set up (NST, Feb 4, 2005).
SINCE the launch of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 in September, I have read with interest the many comments and feedback from academicians, politicians, teachers and parents.