Death of a migrant worker

Malaysians are so riveted by the Altantuya murder case that they didn't notice that another foreign national has died in Malaysia in mysterious circumstances....

Oil wars and nuclear nightmares

What happens when one day you go to the petrol station and find that there is no more petrol? One of the main worries...

Size does matter: Small is beautiful

We are told Bigger is Better. Big Airports, Big Bridges, Big Corporations, Big Shopping Malls, Big Dams, Bigger Banks, Bigger Plantation Firms, Bigger Highways...

Fudging the real causes of global warming

Although there is now belated recognition of global warming as a critical issue for humanity to grapple with, world leaders and the mainstream media...

How corporate con-artists “cook the books” and engage in fraud

It is not difficult to "cook the books", as most accountants will be aware. But what about the external auditors? They are supposed to be...

Transmile’s RM333m shocker: Cooking the books in Malaysia

So a special audit of Transmile Group has discovered that its revenue for 2005 and 2006 may have been overstated by over RM500 million...

Constantine, Christianity and the values of Empire

Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity had a profound impact on history. The imperial values of the Roman Empire were pitted against the values...

World Bank should go with Wolfowitz

So Wolfowitz goes without being held accountable for his criminal scheming against Iraq. After I wrote the piece below, an academic friend told me, "Although...

“I don’t know anything about politics”

Some people complain when they hear sermons from religious preachers which they think are too “political”. Many feel uncomfortable when these preachers question the...

The classic divide-and-rule strategy

As we celebrate 50 years of Independence and 44 years of Malaysia, we would do well to consider some of the cleavages in our...

Moses and Gandhi: From “small people” to inspiring leaders

Very often, we admire the brave women and men of history who dared to stand up and lead their people against authoritarian and tyrannical...

Scomi and the “gift” to Penang commuters

In February, newspapers reported that government-owned RapidKL would take over the management of the bus system in Penang, putting an end to Penangites' public...

Ijok: Is there more than Najib vs Anwar at stake?

So I gather some see this by-election as a proxy battle between Najib and Anwar. Others see it as a mini-referendum on the Barisan...

The not-so-golden golden years

Whenever we talk of marginalised groups, many of us tend to think of migrant workers, Orang Asli, refugees, plantation workers and squatters, people with...

Will Asean follow the EU model?

Few people are aware that Asean's ‘Vision 2020’ of economic integration and competitiveness is to be further developed into the concept of an ‘‘Asean...

The great tragedy of our time

The Beirut-based journalist Robert Fisk once said, "War is the total failure of the human spirit". I know what he is trying to say. War...

A classic PR battle

You may not have noticed, but a classic PR battle is being waged between the agrichemical industry and anti-paraquat campaigners. Round One went to the...

Local democracy or local comedy?

Few of us are aware that our country had a thriving system of elections to local councils in the 1950s and 1960s. Back then,...

People in the dark over Asean Charter

Few people are even aware that a major development is taking place in South-East Asia. As usual, we are in the dark. Before long, the...

Watch what’s happening to your EPF money

So now the EPF is set to take over RHB. The first question that comes to mind is, isn't the EPF biting off more than...