Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Our train service – the lost generation

Our train network. A magnificent legacy (though of course the trains were used back then largely to transport commodities to feed the Empire). But for almost a generation since the mid-1980s, while the government focused on the "national car" (which bled...

This is it – The Big Forum in Penang on 15 February 2020

This is it, the main event, organised by a string of grassroots, civil society, residents' and fisherfolk representatives in Penang. Make sure you check it out to find out what's troubling the people of Penang - and there's plenty. Add to that...

We are Water: Chap Go Meh by the river

Aida Redza and her troupe held participants at the riverside Chap Goh Meh gathering spellbound as they performed a dance in tribute to water called We are Water. The mesmerising dance (top video) was performed at the Sungai Ara Linear Park,...

‘Mitigation’? Or another hillside project?

What's going on here? Independent filmmaker Andrew Ng Yew San wonders what is happening at this hillside near Chee Seng Garden in Tanjung Bungah. It doesn't look pretty.

Two New Year wishes – and a ‘free gift’ for you

I would like to wish all my blog readers a Happy Lunar New Year. Even if you are not an ethnic Chinese, I hope you will join in the festivities with your friends. We must not merely practise tolerance or acceptance of...

A ‘Kipahit’ experience: Whither PH?

Hours after the Kimanis by-election result, the wisecracks were already circulating: “Kimanis has become Kipahit” (manis means sweet; pahit means bitter) for Pakatan Harapan. Barisan Nasional romped home to victory in the Kimanis by-election in Sabah with a larger majority of 2,029...