It didn't take long for Indonesia's new reformist president Jokowi to run into controversy. Human rights activists have criticised his decision to appoint the former army chief of staff, Ryamizard Ryacudu, as Indonesia’s new defence minister. Ironically, Jokowi had said...
Even as Asean goes about forming the Asean Community in 2015, a major regional controversy is brewing in the Mekong Delta, where a Malaysian firm Mega First Corporation Bhd plans to build a 256MW dam. [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m25!1m8!1m3!1d7806242.792431344!2d105.313198!3d17.187618!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m14!1i0!3e6!4m5!1s0x3128a6c7420d0173%3A0x7a3a73a18748e18a!2sXayaburi+Dam!3m2!1d19.254016999999997!2d101.813667!4m5!1s0x31130ff0c26e905d%3A0x60650fedcf8f235a!2sDon+Sahong+Dam!3m2!1d13.943852999999999!2d105.956283!5e0!3m2!1sen!2smy!4v1418460504950&w=600&h=450] The Don Sahong...
While the floods in the East Coast have claimed lives, more bodies have been found in Penang, this time in Machang Bubok and Bayan Lepas. Steven Sim raises some pertinent questions: Krisis pembunuhan warga migran di Pulau Pinang masih belum...
I wrote a blog post on 16 September 2011 about a crystal-ball gazing piece I had written in 2005 foreseeing the scene in 2025. Some bits of that forecast have come true, especially the bit about the ISA being repealed...
I was planning to write something about this ban, but a Kamal Solhaimi Fadzil beat me to it in this piece published in Malaysian Insider. I just want to add two more points to what Kamal has written: the...
I came across this eye-witness account of the scene around KL during then US president Lyndon Johnson's visit to Malaysia on 30 October 1966. His visit to Malaysia took place a year after the United States deployed regular combat...
Don't discriminate. Instead, treat people as you would like to be treated, says Obama, in a message to youth that strikes close to home.
"Guess how many students scored straight As in the PMR exams?" I asked a relative while reading yesterday's newspaper. "Twenty?" came the reply. I laughed. "Why? Hundreds-ah?" "No, over 30,000," I said. Actually, 30,836 to be precise. With so many 'geniuses' running around...
See how Singapore created a 153-acre naturalised park between the housing estates of Bishan and Ang Mo Kio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAGiu4RjC-w Blog visitor Don Anamalai, says: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is located between the heartland estates of Bishan and Ang Mo Kio in Singapore....
An informed source has revealed to me that at one upmarket seafront apartment suites complex in northern Penang Island, the actual occupancy rate is just 10 per cent, even though the apartments have been sold out. Contrary to popular belief...

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