Walking Together, Drifting Apart

Thailand is often called mai pen rai (never mind) land for some pretty good reasons. You can often see people riding their motorbikes without helmets, driving when drunk, parking at emergency exits etc without facing…


A Shield For The Uncaring

Much as it disgusts me, let me try to make a note of this historic moment as calmly as I can. First of all, a new scheme called CareShield Life. This scheme will feature higher…


Deemed To Have Paid, Deemed To Cover

The debate on teachers’ “clean wages” and “self discipline” opened a can of worms on double standards and elite privileges. The usual indomitable Straits Times: Charging parking fees at schools is about upholding the value…


Bigshot Photographers & Their Bullshit

Plagiarism is not new. It has existed since time immemorial (an episode of Justice Bao had one scholar stealing another scholar’s work) and in the digital age some 20 years ago, I met an interesting…


Standing Together, Thinking Apart

In an interview with the Financial Times on 28 May 2018, Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad said that the electoral victory of Pakatan Harapan coalition would reverberate across the Causeway. He added that…


Refuse to Behave: Chua Lam in Beijing

Translated from the book What’s The Big Deal? 没什么了不起 by Singaporean author Chua Lam. Earlier, I had been on a TV programme in Beijing, but my main aim for going there was to give a…


Shamefully Singaporean

May 20 2018. At a dialogue session with 110 participants held in collaboration with the Singapore Business and Professional Women’s Association, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam reiterated the importance of individual responsibility in…


From Madhatter to National Hero

History was made in Malaysia on wee hours of 10th May 2018. The Barisan Nasional BN, led by the United Malays National Organisation UMNO which had ruled Malaysia for over 60 years, was voted out…