Just back from the dinner to celebrate Aliran's 30th anniversary - and being so close to the 50th anniversary of Merdeka and 44th anniversary of Malaysia, there was much cause for reflection. But so different from the official Merdeka celebrations....
This evening, I received an SMS with the intriguing question: "So u think Makal Osai shld b suspended?" Makai Osai of course refers to the Tamil daily that published an image of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette and a...
I did a check on Alexa to find out the estimated global reach of the main English media in Malaysia. Here are the rankings at 5.30 pm on 4 August 2007: 1. Star (0.052% of daily Internet surfers worldwide) 2. Malaysia Today...
It was not so long ago when voters, hoping for reforms and change, gave Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi an unprecedented mandate. Among other things, Abdullah had vowed to tackle corruption. Since then, the reality has not quite matched the rhetoric....
A couple of days ago, a friend of mine, a pensioner, received an unusual phone call from a woman he didn't know. From the way he described it, it sounded like someone from a market research agency was trying to...
What's going on? I am unable to access Malaysia Today, the website that has shaken up Malaysia, from up here in Penang at 7.30 pm today. It's been like that for a few hours now. (It was back...
When I was invited by The Star to write a piece on water in June, I hesitated. Knowing how steeped The Star was in promoting corporate interests, I wondered whether the article I would write would emerge...
Ever get the feeling that what you read in the newspapers is not really journalism. Well, you wouldn't be far wrong. Much of what passes itself off as journalism today is actually slick public relations disguised as journalism, or...

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