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...

Heroic martyrs spur Latin America in new direction

I find Latin America a fascinating continent, though I have never been there. But I am inspired by the stories of the suffering of...

Dabbling with the dark side

It is something of a joke these days to see the US State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Talk about the...

Dam-it, what’s going on here?

It looks like some of our planners are on a dam-building spree, even though the Bakun Dam is expected to produce electricity that the...

How the NEP equity targets miss the point

So is the bumi share of corporate equity 18.9 per cent? Or 45 per cent? Here's something to think about this weekend. In many ways,...

The Top Five Ways They Block the Real News from Reaching...

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...

Makeover for predatory IMF and World Bank

While attending the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Singapore, I soon realised...

Economic growth or economic sufficiency?

With global warming creeping up on us, it is clearly time to take stock of the way we do things. Few people would dispute...

The 400-lb gorilla vs the skinny global justice movement

The real war in our world today is not "the war on terror" but a larger, more critical struggle for the soul of our...

Beware the ‘reformers’ in sheep’s clothing

When I attended the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Singapore, one thing...

Misguided Christian Zionists

I sometimes come across Christians with a distorted view of the Middle East. Blindly supporting Israel, they fail to see that oppressive and expansionist...

World Bank profits from poor nations

When people think of the World Bank, the image they often see in their minds is one of a global financial institution that provides...