Merdeka! But beware the new power…

Just watching the 50th Merdeka celebrations on TV and I can't help but notice how top BN politicians are dominating the proceedings. The 8tv...

Would Jesus want the Makkal Osai suspended?

This evening, I received an SMS with the intriguing question: "So u think Makal Osai shld b suspended?" Makai Osai of course refers to...

West Bank: Checkpoints, teargas and other daily oppressions

Here's a riveting account of what life is like in the West Bank. Making a guest appearance today is political scientist John Hilley, who...

PR firm soliciting NGO views on Penang mega project

I've just heard from a reliable source that a PR firm, Fox Communication, is going around meeting NGO representatives to find out their views...

Job materialises above my desktop

Sometimes its hard to understand the meaning of suffering and misfortune. I spent most of today running around taking the first step towards getting all...

Burgled! They even took the poor mouse

Today was not a great day. I woke up this morning to find that my home had been broken into while I was asleep. Here's what...

The triumph of Life over Death

I like to think of these unexpected victories as a legacy of the Resurrection, a sign that the forces of Death and Oppression will...

Fundraising walkathons for bailouts and fighter jets?

Most of us have done it while we were in school. You know, taking part in walkathons and donation drives to help the school...

Look, a minimum wage would spur economic activity

Here's more evidence to show that a minimum wage can actually keep the economy purring. This time, we go to the United States. San Francisco-based journalist,...

Oil running out – and Malaysia allows an energy-intensive smelter

The oil is running out. Yes, in Malaysia too. By 2010, we will become a net importer of oil. If our domestic demand for petroleum products...

What if Jesus had lived in Latin America?

I came across this interesting power-point presentation of the Stations of the Cross by Adolfo PĂ©rez Esquivel, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from Argentina,...

Religious leaders overcome odds to affirm right to water

It's not often that religious leaders come together to take a common stand on an issue of national significance. Over the years, Aliran organised a...

Return the denarii to Caesar

Christianity should not merely be seen as a spiritual process. There are also the social, cultural and economic dimensions involving the whole human person...

Old tram railtrack unearthed along Penang Road

The other day I was passing by Penang Road and I noticed some major road excavation work in progress. I looked more closely -...

1,800 turn up for MTUC picket in Prai

Just heard from Abdul Razak Abdul Hamid, the chairman of MTUC Penang, that some 1,800 workers turned up for the MTUC picket near the...

Will a minimum wage drive away investors?

The MTUC resumes its nation-wide picketing calling for a minimum wage at 5 pm today. I dropped by to check out the demo in Prai...

What does Najib mean by “Islamic state”?

When Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak declared that Malaysia is an "Islamic state", he created quite a stir and quickly polarised public opinion between...

Six reasons why you should avoid bottled water

Often, many of us think nothing about drinking bottled water. But here's why you should avoid it, whenever you can: Expensive: Litre for litre, it is...

Malaysia Today closes in on The Star online

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...

There is a monster in the swamp

It was not so long ago when voters, hoping for reforms and change, gave Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi an unprecedented mandate. Among other things,...