Alarming images of Botak Hill

This is a close-up view of what Botak Hill looks like these days. The video footage was taken by a concerned Penangite. You can imagine...

A few Malaysian entities, individuals on US State Department’s sanctions list

A few Malaysian individuals and entities have appeared on the US State Department's list of sanctioned entities and individuals believed to "engage in proliferation...

Economic angle to government’s retreat on Hadi’s bill

It was a spectacular U-turn, after all the hype about the government planning to take over Hadi's bill. When it came to the crunch,...

The new Customs director general, the glass ceiling and the regressive...

When news broke that Subromaniam Tholasy had been appointed the new director general of the Royal Malaysian Customs, not a few Malaysians, especially those...

As bewildered motorists look on, water spout crosses over Penang Bridge

A water spout crossed over Penang Bridge as bewildered motorists looked on this evening. Does anyone else think the weather is getting a bit...

New wave of Chinese nationals drawn to Malaysia

A report in the South China Morning Post has highlighted a new wave of Chinese nationals moving to Malaysia. The report "Why are Chinese...

As Gurney Drive changes forever, a nostalgic 1970s video goes viral

This photo was sent to me a couple of days ago showing the outline of the massive land reclamation taking shape off Gurney Drive...

Tears over Tasik Chini – a once majestic lake now suffering

The biggest threat to Tasik Chini in Pekan is not the legendary Naga Seri Gumum (Malaysia's answer to the Loch Ness Monster) but corporate...

Aduh! Nik Abduh trounced in Pas divisional polls; Husam makes waves

Pas youth leader Nik Abduh Nik Aziz suffered a crushing defeat in his bid to wrest the number two post in the Pengkalan Chepa...

Who will live on all the artificial islands Malaysia is creating?

With restrictions on the outflow of funds from China, what kind of impact will this have on the sales of property especially those on...

Tanjung Bunga: Good for developers, depressing for residents

This was outgoing Tanjung Bunga Residents Association chairman Renji Sathiah's farewell address at the annual general meeting of the Tanjung Bunga Residents Association on...

Penang’s new (artificial) island in the sun – for whom?

The first phase of a 760-acre island, mainly for the well heeled, is emerging off the northeast coast of Penang Island - part of...

‘Severe mistake’ to turn Komtar into transport hub, says German urban...

Most passengers do not have Komtar as their destination and to dedicate huge areas of prime land for platforms of stationed, waiting trains is...

Where is Pastor Raymond Koh?

As people gathered at vigils calling for Pastor Raymond Koh's release in George Town, Shah Alam and Johor Bharu last night, a CCTV video...

When housing becomes a commodity, a vehicle for wealth growth

What is causing so much dissatisfaction with the housing market? Well, the provision of housing these days in large part, no longer fulfils a...

Penang Turf Club property development project REJECTED – but …

The Penang Island City Council has REJECTED a massive project at the Penang Turf Club on various grounds - but concerned residents and Penangites...

Pulau Jerejak: Would you buy a home on a small island...

Would you buy a home on this island? These graves are on the north-western side of Pulau Jerejak. According to a historian, there are at...

When moral outrage is misdirected

This is something I wrote a week ago: As I write this, the large Pas rally in support of Hadi’s bill was scheduled to take...

Priceless treasure: Eerie, enchanting Pulau Jerejak

The ruins of dormitories and leper homes, old reservoirs and undergound chambers, places of worship, jail cells, even a courtroom add an eerie touch...

Before you buy a ‘sea-view’ property, think about rising sea levels

You would be forgiven for not knowing the results of a new study on how climate change is going to raise sea levels to...