Sir Harold Evans’ New Book Is a Master Class in How to Write

Sir Harold Evans has had more lives than the luckiest cat. Malcolm Jones writes .. The English-born former editor of The Times of London and The Sunday Times has also served as editor in chief at Random House, founded and edited Conde Nast Traveler, and worked for US News and World Report, The Atlantic Monthly,…

Additions to the Five Journalistic “W”s

In journalism, the “Five ‘W’s” are “Who,” “What,” “When,” “Where,” and “Why.” Referring back to the Five “W”s helps journalists address the fundamental questions that every story should be able to answer. Recent events, however, have shown that traditional journalistic practices might not be working as effectively as they used to. As such, here are…

Peddling ignorance in halal trolleys

Malaysian Insider’s Abdar Rahman Koya writes: In 2015 Malaysia, we still practise segregation, whether enforced by law or by little napoleons in skull caps who collect their salaries every month after issuing sound bytes they say were from the prophet, all from the comfort of Putrajaya. Just go to our schools and see how children…

Was Kok Wing a scapegoat for #nothingtohide?

We end up in one mess after another because we take the easy way out instead of delving into what really ails the country. People in general love punching bags, especially when things don’t go their way. Scapegoats are another favourite for people who want to avoid taking responsibility. Shahril Ahmad Idrus comments at Free…

Ramadan rush brings business windfall to London

Qatari shoppers spend an average £1,432 ($2,237, 1,992 euros) per transaction — the top amount among Middle Eastern visitors — closely followed by tourists from the United Arab Emirates at £1,120. LONDON: Inside an upmarket London department store a genteel Middle Eastern woman glides by, trailing flowing robes and the distinctive smell of oud, a…

Tabung Haji Azmi, quips Azmi Arshad

Here are lessons to learn from all the unwarranted silly fuss from the Tabung Haji – 1MDB sale and acquisition. Azmi Arshad puts it wittily to us on how we have been made fools from the distortions and misrepresentations hurled by zealous critics. Lessons shared are lessons learned. Intelligence shared is intelligence doubled. Alhamdulillah I…

Taib the target before, Najib the target today

Clare Rewcastle Brown is having great fun with selectively publicising stolen documents on her blog portal Sarawak Report.  She has been careful to tell MalaysiaKini that , “…I had neither forged nor hacked to get this material…”.  We are glad she made this clear.  That Clare didn’t forge or hack in this case is reassuring,…

Bar President misled public on Anwar case

The first thing that came to mind when we read the press release of the Malaysian Bar issued on February 11t by its President, Christopher Leong, on Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s conviction, was the President misrepresenting the law and facts on the case. We were in utter disbelief as to how a President who is…

Comedy of error in court by Shahnaz’s lawyer

News clips from media archives have been retrieved to confirm a contentious circus that transpired Wednesday at the Shariah High Court in Kuala Lumpur before Judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab.  It was argued that Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib had brought an unmarried Australian woman to the wedding of his sibling…

Democracy under seige

Bridget Welsh is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for East Asia Democratic Studies of the National Taiwan University. She is based in Southeast Asia, where she works on Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia and other countries in the region. She is committed to engagement, fostering mutual understanding and empowerment. Recently she wrote – Between…

Tech More: The Telegraph China Apple Tech Tim Cook Speaks Out About Horrifying Documentary Showing Apple’s Working Conditions In China

Here is an example of a brand casualty that was repaired through an immediate planned programme of public relations action. Rhiannon Williams from The Telegraph has the story .. Tim Cook is “deeply offended” by the BBC’s allegations that Apple mistreats workers in its Chinese factories where the company’s iPhones and iPads are assembled. The BBC’s…

BFM – Boleh Fikir Mendalam?

Business radio station BFM 89.9 happily plays on the acronym of its radio brand. Each day BFM would be heard as Brilliant Financial Moves, Bribe Free Malaysian or Busy Finding Money. Or even seen on the back of car windscreens, Brake Faster Machai. There are countless. And their creativity even extends into Bahasa Malaysia when…

Money Logging fails to deliver despite the hype

There has been immense hype for this book. And while many may be clamouring for a copy, the sale effort does not match the marketing effort. Hard PR work has been put in by the author Lukas Straumann with several media statements issued, news conferences held and road shows organised. Even a radio show appearance…