Death claims three journalists and I wonder if I’ll be next

Within the last ten days, two former colleagues and another ex-journalist died. Coming so close together, their deaths force me to ask: when is my turn? Free Malaysia Today’s Executive Editor A Kathirasen writes … Chandra Segar Pillay, the former executive editor production at the New Straits Times (NST), died on Oct 4 aged 65,…

Journalists drink too much, are bad at managing emotions, and operate at a lower level than average, according to a new study

Journalists’ brains apparently show a lower level of executive functioning, which means a below average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking. This is according to a new study led by neuroscientist and leadership coach Dr Tara Swart, who selected 40 journalists from…

The unsolved mystery of Malaysia’s first hijacked airplane

Two days ago, it would’ve been exactly 3 years since MH370 disappeared. That same year, we also had the tragedies of MH17 and also AirAsia’s Q85301. Thankfully, since then… Malaysia’s luck with aeroplanes has gone back to normal. But before those incidents, waaaaay back in 1977, the Malaysian aviation industry had its first unfortunate spotlight, with one…

The Tamil Dilemma

If the Tamils of Malaysia seriously wish to improve the condition of their community and enhance the opportunities available to them, they have to engage firstly in a little introspection of themselves. It is not as if they are altogether deprived any more than say the rural Malays who also deprived of economic and education…

Lynching a Government (Updated)

One of the more intelligent bloggers around here on planet earth Gopal Raj Kumar has this piece that Malaysians ought to read to understand why the USA has adopted to take action in the 1MDB saga. A LYNCH MOB OF BLACKS DRUNK WITH POWER Loretta Lynch, a most unfortunate name for an African American in…

“An insulting pitch,” email from MK12 co-founder Ben Radatz

MK12 co-founder Ben Radatz has been pitching and producing motion design work since 1999.  Like many people who’ve been in the game for a while, he’s concerned about the direction the industry is headed. Everyone, it seems, wants more for less — in half the time. Recently, MK12 was approached to pitch just to be…

Five questions for Britain and Europe after Brexit vote

BRUSSELS: Britons voted in a referendum on Thursday to leave the European Union. Following are answers to key questions on what will happen next in Britain’s relations with the bloc: 1. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? The EU is in shock and entering uncharted territory. No member state has ever left and Article 50 of…

I was fighting for AirAsia, says Fernandes

Wearing a white T-shirt, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes walked into a meeting room at klia2 the other day and dropped a bombshell: “We have renamed klia2 as LCCT2.” Is he serious? A Jalil Hamid and Bilqis Bahari write to share: Before I could say anything, he said as he walked into the room for an…

Invisible Forces Behind All of Our Decision-Making

Jonah Berger, a professor of marketing at Wharton, has spent more than 15 years investigating social influence. In his 2013 book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On, he explains how and why certain products and ideas become massively popular. In his new book, Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces the Shape Behavior, Berger focuses on the immense…

Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s warning

A FIREBRAND AND THE SERMON ON NEP JUSTICE When Datuk Ali Ibrahim made the “Perkasa” comment that selling off an MISC related company to non Bumi interest was an unnecessary move and a departure from the essential objectives of the NEP,  long knives long  were drawn in a fast and furious attempt to silence the…

Remembering Samantha Schubert

The starscape on Malaysia’s arts scene has dimmed by one with the passing of beauty queen, actress and theatre personality Samantha Schubert following a brief but hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Schubert was 47.  Those close to her had prepared themselves as best as they could for what would be a heartbreaking goodbye to a cherished…

Manifestations of religious intolerance worries woman behind G25

At the height of her career, G25 founder and retired diplomat Noor Farida Ariffin was wearing three different hats for Malaysia at the world’s legal capital – The Hague, Netherlands. MALAYSIANS KINI, a series on Malaysians you should know, provides a depth to this lady many may have not understood or misunderstood.  Here Alyaa Alhadjri…

RM100,000 a month for life – in simple math, that’s what you get from an outrageous RM30 million ‘mutaah’ divorce claim

Divorces are entertaining to read, except for the former couple and families involved. Divorces of the rich are particularly stimulating, as they fight over money, and argue about interpretations and accuracy. A high profile case emerged in widespread coverage recently but first let’s get our understanding on the concept to start life anew. ‘Mutaah’ is…

Singapore freezes bank accounts (updated)

THE GOSPEL OF SIN CITY TO THE REST OF US MERE MORTALS “Singapore does not tolerate the use of its financial system as a refuge or conduit for illicit funds. Since the middle of last year, the Commercial Affairs Department and the Monetary Authority of Singapore have been actively investigating possible money-laundering and other offences…

Najib Razak PM in the Clear – Where did it all begin?

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE PM THE 1MDB AFFAIR Clearly it is not what the opposition thinks of the Prime Minister of Malaysia or what the scribes at the Malaysian Insider, Bersih, the Malaysian Bar, The Wall Street Journal or even the ABC in Australia have to say about Najib Razak that…

The Malaysian Bar Part II

THE MALAYSIAN BAR – EXCEPTIONS TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION ACT 1978 Gopal Raj Kumar in an update says Rule 43 of the Legal Profession (Practice & Etiquette) Rules 1978 (Rules) clearly states in unequivocal terms the following: “No advocate and solicitor shall volunteer advice to bring an action or to stir up strife and litigation”.…

A letter to my son Jalil

The Sultanah of Johor Raja Zarith Sofia has penned an emotional letter for her late son, Tunku Abdul Jalil Iskandar Ibrahim. Her letter was published on her Facebook page. My darling Lil I know the only reason you wanted to be in hospital was because you were in great pain but that you really wanted…

Calm Face Of Courage

For the first time since her son, Tunku Laksamana Johor Tunku Abdul Jalil Sultan Ibrahim, was diagnosed with liver cancer, Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah talks to Zaharah Othman in a heartfelt interview about the heavy journey of battling the big C. “NIGHTMARE is not a strong enough word to describe…

SDs and the Siddhu Factor (Updated)

PRIVILEGE -AMRICK SINGH SIDDHU & THE TRUTH While there is an element of truth in what Eric Paulsen (Lawyers for Liberty) suggests about protecting lawyer-client privilege his definition of privilege is misinformed, fanciful and incomplete. His definition is probably dictated by convenience and political expediency . Blogger G R Kumar has updated his piece which…

The Five Biggest Myths About Saving Money

According to a Millennial Investing’s simpler than it looks, says Ethan Bloch, so young people should chill.  Suzanne Woolley of WealthWatch writes: Ethan Bloch has some financial advice for his millennial peers: “Just have your f—— latte!” The 30-year-old founder of Digit, an online financial company, can get heated about espresso drinks when discussing the…

Does China’s government hack US companies to steal secrets?

This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping is making his first official visit to the US. It takes place against a background of accusations flung by both the US and China over state-backed hacking. BBC’s Mark Ward reports: On Monday this week, a US national security adviser warned China that the hacking must stop and said…

“I will drink when Najib is done,” says Clare Rewcastle

Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown, in conspiring with others against Malaysia, had sensationally told Xavier Andre Justo that she was changing the “destiny of one country” and that she would celebrate with a glass of champagne when “Najib is done”. NST has the story here: A shocking new revelation following the Aug 17 jailing of…

Why people are fleeing Syria: a brief, simple explanation

With the refugee crisis worsening as many Syrians attempt to flee to Europe, many people may find themselves wondering just how the war in that country got so bad, and why so many are fleeing now. Here, then, is a very brief history of the war, written so that anyone can understand it. Zack Beauchamp…

Omar Sharif, the legendary actor and gambler, died angry and alone

The lonely Lothario: He bathed in bubbly, out-caroused O’Toole, seduced Hollywood co-stars galore and gambled away millions. But Omar Sharif squandered his talent – and died angry and alone Omar Sharif died aged 83 after suffering a heart attack in Cairo  Egyptian film star rose to fame in classics like Lawrence of Arabia  But admitted…

Sarawak Report, did you just fall into a Trap?

Politics and socio-economics blogger Lim Sian See in busting propaganda, says Sarawak Report has just fallen into a trap. In a recent post on his blogsite LSS, we are told in greater detail how deep a hole Clare Rewcastle Brown may have fallen in. Thuds aside, we all know Sarawak Report has been known to…

Aung San Suu Kyi is a bust, writes Zafar Sobhan

There was so much hope for her as a moral leader in Myanmar, but power (or politics) has changed her. Zafar Sobhan of the daily Dhaka Tribune writes to expose her for what she really is. In the face of scathing criticism from international human rights groups, supporters of the sainted Aung San Suu Kyi…

Racist reporting again by Malay Mail, writes Lukman Sheriff

Here’s something interesting raised by lawyer Lukman Sheriff Alias. And when you have read it, then you wonder why Joan Lau would be so inclined to allow such stories to be carried in The Malay Mail. It’s an absolute case of distortion and misrepresentation. This is a story about a guy hitting a tudung girl.…

Should students selling nasi lemak in school be punished?

The AntDaily has an interesting feature written by Shahful Shaffiq. It is a story that reminds him of a time when his schoolmates engaged in little trades at school. Nasi lemak, snacks and even decorative accessories were among the more popular items that were sold. But in general, students knew that it was an offence…

The harder truth was Lee Kuan Yew had to do what he had to do

Much has been written on the passing of Singapore’s founding prime minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The outpouring of grief was displayed all over Facebook and social platforms. Blogger THE CRAZY ANGMO AND HIS ANGRY WIFE wrote this excellent piece of her growing years hating this statesman who ran foul with her family. But Joanna Ash…