The world’s safest airlines for 2017

The plane that "shook like a washing machine" has unnerved some air passengers. ABC reports that yesterday's apparent engine failure "adds another chapter to AirAsia's...

Photos of historic interfaith walk, breaking of fast in Penang

People of other faiths joined in solidarity with Muslims who were breaking their fast at the historical Acheen Street Mosque in Penang last night....

Is the level of violence in a country linked to inequality?

This is an interesting area which should be explored. Check out the graph above published by the Equality Trust, UK. According to the Equality Trust: The...

DOJ’s eye-popping revelations on 1MDB stun Malaysians

Social media is absolutely buzzing in Malaysia this morning following the latest US Justice Department's revelations into the 1MDB probe. It is all simply staggering...

Five Malaysian entries in the ‘Top 50 World Street Food Masters’...

Malaysia has five entries in the Top 50, two of which are from Penang. But before we get all puffed up, Singapore has 14...

Not enough for RapidPenang to maintain existing skeleton ferry service

Prasarana must quickly increase the number of ferries in operation after the disastrous experience under the privatised Penang Port Sdn Bhd. This is one the...

A real alternative: Jeremy Corbyn’s strong showing has lessons for Pakatan

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party has confounded sceptics, even in the so-called British liberal media, by putting up a strong showing in the UK general...

New tourism tax from 1 August 2017

Another tax! A new 'tourism tax' ranging from RM2.50 to RM20 per room per night will be imposed on all hotels, budget hotel and...

From globalisation to planetisation: Towards greater consciousness

Here in Malaysia, there is a sense that it is hard to move forward because we seem to be held back by the heavy...

Pulau Jerejak: 26-acre plot for sale?

Someone pointed out to me this ad which appeared in a Chinese-language newspaper a couple of days ago. Translated, it reads: Expression of Interest (EOI)...

Penang transport: The RM2.3bn bridging financing under SRS’ proposal

The state government says the SRS proposal for transport infrastructure needs RM2.3bn in bridging loans. The bridging loan is apparently needed to finance the costs...

Two major stories in Penang…

Two major news stories in Penang. Story number one: The raid on a M Mall, a shopping complex run by MBI International, yesterday hit the headlines....

Six reasons to be concerned about Penang’s mega transport plans

The environmental impact assessment to reclaim 4,500 acres of land off the southern coast of Penang and turn it into three artificial islands is...

China’s Geely buys 49% of Proton – but what is the...

So it is finally out. China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, which also controls Sweden's Volvo, is acquiring a 49 per cent in ailing Proton...

Mahathir’s signature on Free Anwar petition seals major political realignment

This was the signature that set tongues wagging at the PKR annual assembly, showing how much Malaysian politics has changed since Reformasi was unleashed...

MBI International, Mface in Bank Negara’s latest alert list

This news will cause some anxiety: MBI International Sdn Bhd and Mface International Sdn Bhd, large entities heavily involved in Penang and elsewhere, have...

Why buses represent democracy in action

Not enough emphasis has been placed in our urban planning on dedicated bus-lanes and on streets that would be shared among buses, bicycles and...

Aljazeera interviews Wan Azizah on opposition’s prospects, cooperation with Mahathir

What do you think of the new Pakatan, which includes Dr Mahathir Mohamad's new party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia? Is Mahathir a changed man now...

Taman Rimba Kiara and the importance of local plans

Local Plans, properly done with genuine public participation, are so important in ensuring proper planning and sustainable development of a kind that most people...

Light Waterfront Penang enters phase two

Phase 2 is the RM4.5bn Light City, which will cover 33 acres of reclaimed land out of the 152-acre Light Waterfront Penang project. The...