Here comes the Weekend again

May 7, 2016 Here comes the Weekend again–Diana Ross Before  Malaysians feel depressed about the defeat of the political opposition by Najib Razak and his crony Adenan Satem and their money spinning UMNO-Barisan Nasional juggernaut in the 2016 Sarawak Elections, we should enjoy the renditions of Diana Ross (and The Supremes) and relax. With electoral … Continue reading

Thinking is hard

May 7, 2016 Thinking is hard by Kassim Ahmad A teacher in my college (Sultan Abdul Hamid College) in Alor Setar, when he posed a problem, used to say, “Come on boys, put on your thinking caps!”, as if thinking was outside the mind. Now thinking is a function of the brain that God placed … Continue reading

A look at Southeast Asia through three anthologies

  A look at Southeast Asia through three anthologies | Farouk A. Peru | Opinion | Malay Mail Online I used to be a big fan of South-east Asian fiction. Admittedly, most of that fiction was Singaporean (traitor, traitor, I hear you yell!) but that was only because Singapore produced English fiction by the truckloads … Continue reading

Be Careful Sarawakians who you vote–It is not Adenan Satem, it is this Crook Najib Razak

May 6, 2016 READ THIS from With this and without any further thought or delay, I can now declare ahead of our Elections Commission that UMNO-BN led by Najib Razak supported by sidekick Adenan Satem wins the 2016 Sarawak Elections.–Din Merican TIPU Elections in Sarawak: S’WAK POLLS Multiple election offences were committed during the … Continue reading

Book Review:Scholarship and engagement in Southeast Asia, (Chiang Mai: Silkworm Press, 2016)

May 6, 2016 BOOK REVIEW Oscar Salemink, editor, Scholarship and engagement in Southeast Asia, (Chiang Mai: Silkworm Press, 2016) Reviewed by Andrew Alan Johnson Thailand, for all its political stops and starts — or perhaps because of this — has unparalleled publically-engaged academics. Nidthi Eoseewong, Charnvit Kasetsiri, Thanet Aphornsuvan and many others relate academia to public … Continue reading

Malaysian Activism–1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Backwards but for Technology and Guts

May 6, 2016 Malaysian Activism–1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Backwards but for Technology and Guts  by Mikha Chan As much as we like to say that Malaysia is where free speech goes to die, we can’t deny that we’ve seen some progress in expanding our democratic space. Twenty years ago, things would have had … Continue reading