Berbahasa Inggeris tanpa melupakan bahasa ibunda

Mampu bertutur dalam bahasa Inggeris dengan baik bukanlah bukti kepintaran seseorang, tetapi mengusainya juga merupakan suatu kemestian.

Risking it all for something artificial?

the man behind Malaysian Palm Oil Industry

The palm oil tycoon Tan Sri Shin Cheng passed away in June 2019, but his great legacy continues

Palm oil: orang asli pay the price

Palm oil used to bring good fortune to the country, but it has also ruined many of the orang asli’s lives.

Uniknya dialek kita

Dari Semenanjung ke Sabah dan Sarawak, boleh dikatakan setiap ceruk negeri-negeri di Malaysia mempunyai bahasa dialek yang tersendiri. Kaya dengan keunikan tersendiri, namun pada harga yang perlu dibayar.

Beyond glass and steel

Populations are growing, cities are developing, and every country is fighting to build the “world’s tallest building”. But is building more skyscrapers really what Malaysia needs?

Palm oil: a miracle turned disaster?

Despite the awes that palm oil has to offer, it also has one evil attribute that could severely harm the environment.

Palm oil: Malaysia’s prized possession

The first plant arrived in Malaya in 1875, and it has since then contributed to the good reputation of the country.

Farah Ann Hadi shines gold

She started gymnastics at the age of three, but after years of training, injuries, and collecting medals, she’s finally on her way to the Olympics!

The enigma and stigma of mental health

Many Malaysians are descending into the darkest place in mind not many people can get out from.

e-cigarettes: the lesser of two evils?

Electronic cigarette was said to be the “lesser evil” between smoking and vaping, but after twelve vaping-related deaths have been reported in the US, the claim that vaping is a good alternative for those looking to quit smoking might prove to be just a myth.

Hak yang tidak diiktiraf

Sejak mereka tiba, masyarakat orang asli sudah pun mendiami sesuatu tempat yang kini menjadi sebahagian tradisi kaum mereka sendiri. Namun tiada undang-undang yang mengesahkannya.

The fight for Kampung Baru

Kampung Baru is where the Malays live their traditional village lifestyle in the heart of KL. Why should that be changed? The Malay community has lived in Kampung Baru for …

Seeking thrills on the busy road

In Malaysia, there is a peculiar view on the street in the middle of the night – a group of motorcyclists gather while making noises through revving engines, waiting for a race to start. They are the mat rempit, and they have built their own culture in the country.

More than just a kampung boy (and girl)

Many successful businessmen, entrepreneurs, and artists come from rural parts of Malaysia, and they have great success stories to tell.

Closing the pay gap

Today, many men and women work in the same field, but that doesn’t mean they get the same pay.

A lookback on Malaysian space hero’s journey

October 10, 2007 was a historical day for Malaysians. It was the day the first, and so far the only astronaut went to space. Twelve years on, one could still wonder, what exactly did he do up there?

Little things to enjoy in kampung

Movies and TV dramas often depict mak cik bawang (term normally used to describe old women who gossip) badmouthing fellow villagers while picking up groceries from a sundry shop. But that’s not all there is to life in a village.

When leaving school is a better option…

School dropout rate is low, but it is still happening in Malaysia. Why?

Overstaying overseas

Many people travel to the foreign lands, but not all make it back home. Some choose to overstay, painting it black to Malaysia’s name.

Unemployed, but not by choice

Youth unemployment is a rising concern, and the ones looking for a job are still the ones getting the blame for not getting it. Is it true that they are choosy of jobs?

Gojek bukan keutamaan

Mengapa Gojek terus diperjuangkan walhal ada pengusaha tempatan yang lebih layak diberikan sokongan?

Let’s talk about the “lain-lain”

Orang Asli are the oldest inhabitants of Peninsular Malaysia, but their place in the country is never truly recognised.

The gangster chronicle

Gangsterism always becomes the subject of local movies, but it was never just a mere fiction.

From hand-drawn cartoon to big-screen animation

From street crime fighting-hero Keluang Man to intergalactic superhero BoBoiBoy, Malaysian animation has come a long way.

Haze goes beyond coughing and sneezing

Haze doesn’t just cause breathing difficulty. It also affects the heart, and in some cases that no one is willing to talk about – it can kill.

Tackling haze: should we make it rain?

Mid-Autumn Festival – A Cultural Exploitation through Overpriced Mooncakes?

Once a year during the Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese people gather with lanterns, awing at the sky where the moon shines the brightest each year, accompanied by family, friends, and mooncakes.

Isn’t haze from slash-and-burn farming?

The term “slash-and-burn” may conjure an image of destruction in many people’s minds, but according to those who practise it, it is believed to be a sustainable way of farming.

Call it what it is: children with disabilities

There was a time when special needs child was called “retarded”, but the R-word has since been scraped off people’s tongues and papers. But, what if the term “special needs” is also nothing more than just another euphemism?

Will Malaysians welcome more guests?

Hong Kong extradition crisis has led to a surge of interests in the Malaysia My Second Home initiative. But, are Malaysians ready to open the door of their home for these people?

A glimpse at Yusof Ghani’s canvases

Criticising the society through the abstracts of painting is how Yusof Ghani, a talented and respected Malaysian artist since the 1980s, shares his artistic views of the world.

The glorious stripes of Malaysia

Jalur Gemilang is Malaysians’ pride, and as the Independence Day is approaching, nothing says patriotic better than waving the flag no matter the time and places.

Towards a peaceful Malaysia, together

Well known for its unique cultures and its renowned multiracial society, Malaysia’s diverseness is well portrayed in its society’s daily lives. A train ride to work, a weekend hang-out at the malls, and merry festival celebrations throughout the year, the whole community band together to live in harmony.

Malay cultures before Islam

The arrival of Islam had reshape the Malays daily practice and culture as a whole. But does becoming a Muslim mean sacrificing one’s own identity?

What’s So Special About Cikgu Fazri?

Cikgu Fazri, an inspiring young teacher for special need students. And he has many fun ideas for class activities up his sleeves.

Malaysia’s Famous Landmarks: A must visit!

From infrastructural feats, to naturally constructed landmarks, some have been giving us an identity, and improving the nation for decades.

Wildlife trafficking: traders go online

Questions may be asked as to why it is so easy for traffickers to make a career out of illegally trading animals in Malaysia. One of the clear answer is: social media.

Wildlife trafficking: a harvest for humans’ pleasure

Wildlife is trafficked for the exotic pet trade, but that isn’t the only reason. (The first part of Wildlife Trafficking series is available here.) The same baby gibbon, now arrived …

Preserving heritage through jawi lesson

Wildlife Trafficking: Malaysia’s Essential Role

Malaysia is named as a global hub for wildlife trafficking – a sinister crime threatening the lives of innocent animals.

Ghosting on the Hungry Ghost Festival

The traditional festival is a ritualistic time of offerings to spirits of the underworld. But it’s harder to get performers, and the turnout isn’t what it used to be, for the living.

Appreciating Aidiladha

Aidiladha celebrations are never as grand and food-centric as Aidilfitri. Are Malaysian Muslims less appreciative of the Festival of the Sacrifice?

The Unfortunate fate of foreign workers

Adding to Malaysia’s multiracial society is the swarming of foreigners in the middle of busy cities, here to earn decent money for families back home. But many of their dreams shattered the moment they stepped into the cruel scene of migrant labours.

Believing in the unbelievable

Some people are quick to connect strange occurrences with supernatural forces because they truly believe the world beyond the veil exists.

Thanking the war heroes

Darjah Kebesaran Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa is for the brave who fought for the welfare of the country and they deserve all the thanks.

Transgender: the outcast community

All they wish for is to be accepted in a harmonious community, but the reality is they risk arrests every day just by stepping out of the door.

Becoming A Social Media Star

Social media influencers are often seen as leading glamorous lives, but is becoming one really as promising as advertised? Influencer Marketing Benchmarks Report 2019 found that Malaysian social media influencers …

The urgent need for Sex Ed

Girls are better off learning about sex from a parent, than from a stranger they meet online.

“Phoenix” keeps on rising

More than meets the eye. Meet Phoenix, the world’s first and only hijabi wrestler.

Heineken 0.0 shouldn’t be Muslims’ concern

Heineken 0.0 may have zero percent alcohol, but it is still non-Halal. Alcoholic beverage manufacturer Heineken Malaysia has recently launched a new product called Heineken 0.0. With this, consumers can …

Nevertheless, slavery persist

Slavery still exists, and it hits closer to home than most people would prefer to believe. According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index from the Walk Free Foundation in Australia, …

Fish bombed, corals destroyed

Fish bombing has long existed in Malaysia, especially along the islands of Sabah – a place once regarded as a top tourist attraction because of its beautiful, diverse coral reefs. …

Meet Durian: the King of Fruits

Durian, a pungent-scented and sweet-flavoured tropical fruit, is a guilty pleasure for many Malaysians, especially the supreme of all durian types: Musang King.

Sarawak’s independence depended on the British

Sarawak has a long standing relationship with Brunei, but that all changed when the British took over. After scuffles and wars, Sarawak still stands with its indigenous people after its independence.

Keeping oceans and rivers clean

Malaysia is familiar with water pollution cases – it happens in Johor, Penang, Selangor and basically all around the country. But what are the authorities doing to solve this deep-rooted conflict?

Malaysia-born and bred stateless people

Stateless people are the people who are “not considered national under the rule of law”. Not only does this issue affect the entire world severely, Malaysia is also struggling to end it.

Food Bank aids hungry Malaysians

The Food Bank Malaysia Programme is a government’s incentive set up to help ease the burden of the less fortunate in dealing with the high cost of living. The aim of the programme is simple: to hope that no one goes to bed starving.

Young dads want paternity leave

While women take full advantages of their mandatory maternity leave, men struggle to find the same recognition for their role as a father. Is paternity leave needed?

The realities through Pak Samad’s masterpieces

National Laureate A. Samad Said in his golden age continues his fight in preserving the Malay language through his outstanding literary works.

Harmonious open house tradition

See a family dressed in traditional baju Melayu and baju kurung on the third week of Syawal and ask where they are going. The answer is simple: open house.

George Town’s comeback story

George Town’s history extends throughout disputes and war. Its development was abandoned by the federal government years ago, but made a successful return as a vital Malaysian historical heritage. George …

Deadly measles outbreak

The mystery of the deaths of 15 Orang Asli Bateq tribe in Kuala Koh Village, Kelantan was finally solved when Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad confirmed that it was a measles outbreak.

Malaysians love food

Obesity prevalence in Malaysia is at 13.3%, making it the fattest country in Asia.

Yuna: forever a Malaysian darling and more

Yuna’s first single Forevermore from her fourth album is an ode for home country Malaysia as she continues climbing international music charts.

University Malaya remains top-notch

University Malaya is ranked 70th in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings 2020 – the biggest win yet for the Malaysia’s oldest university.

Days of traditional games are vanishing

Before Playstation and smartphones took over childhood, most Malaysians grew up playing traditional games. No electronics or Wi-Fi signal needed, just a group of friends, ubiquitous instruments, and tons of fun.

Malaysians’ bubble tea frenzy

There is still no sign that bubble tea craze among Malaysians will die down soon as more stores are opening up in Subang Jaya, which has been regarded as “Bubble Tea Street”.

Are “women only” facilities helping?

Ladies only services have been around Malaysia for awhile. Even so, these zones are often abused or disrespected, but is necessary as these facilities affect on crime rate seem to be responding positively.

Exotic pets for glamour

Singer Zarith Sofia’s arrest for owning a protected species of a wildlife and leaving it unfed at home has become an eye opener for many Malaysians as they have realized that many other celebrities are also doing it just because they can.

Lee Chong Wei versus his health

Datuk Lee Chong Wei suffered many injuries throughout his badminton career. His sacrifices are often overlooked, but never fails to share his glory with all Malaysians.

The outlooks on abortion

Abortion could be the path to equality sought by most women, or it could simply be the slaughter of the innocence.

Dams were never eco-friendly

Hydroelectricity is often viewed as an environmentally friendly method of supplying power. But recent studies have debunked it. Alternatives leave less carbon footprint but are harder to implement.

Are you consuming fake food?

Food made from artificially crafted components are periodically prevalent. Unfortunately, consumers wouldn’t realize it until it’s too late.

“Nature’s toilet bowl” as Aidilfitri delicacy

Among Aidilfitri delicacies such as ketupat, rendang, and variant kuih raya, lemang periuk kera has become the talk of the town especially in the recent years.

Is Malaysia’s press still suppressed?

Malaysia rises up the international press index after governmental change, loosening media expression nationwide. Despite that, the future may not always grant Malaysians total media liberation.

English’s comeback in Math and Science

Sarawak is on it’s way to use English to teach Math and Science. While history has shown where majority of Malaysians stand, English is proven vital for success.

Penang Hokkien among languages going extinct

The language we speak plays an important psychological part of our identity. It could easily go extinct if not passed on, hence its preservation is vital for the understanding of future generations.

Overfeeding street sleepers

Homelessness faces discrimination and unforeseen risks. It’s constantly prevalent during Ramadan results in overfeeding and food wastage.

Penang has everything, except clean water

Penang is one of the most progressive states in Malaysia but it lacks one important resources: clean water.

Iman is Malaysia’s only hope for Sumatran rhinos

Malaysia’s last surviving male Sumatran rhinoceros has died, leaving only one sole female in captivity: Iman.

‘Neo-Nazi’ author’s books banned from Kedai Fixi

The Patriots’ author and founder Helmi Effendy wished for the killing of Malay “traitors”, causing local bookstore Kedai Fixi to remove his books from its shelves.

Cheap yet disastrous electric bills

Malaysia’s electricity charges are among the lowest in the world. Even so, our environment pays the price. While Malaysians save electricity for monetary reasons, better knowledge about energy efficiency should be applied.

Luxury hijabs: Profiteering or modernization

When religion obligation inspires business opportunity, some call it profiteering, and some think it is modernization.

In the face of scams

Bank scams are dangerous and undesired, yet they evolve and adapt as people change the way monetary transactions are handled. Gradually, the days of cold hard cash are diminishing as …

Iman is Malaysia’s only hope for Sumatran rhinos

Malaysia’s last surviving male Sumatran rhinoceros has died, leaving only one sole female in captivity: Iman.

“It’s all the teacher fault!”

A provocative tweet asking the reasons as to why Malays are still incompetent in English after eleven years of school has consequently launched an attack on English teachers.

Malaysia’s strong bond with Palestine

The Israel – Palestine conflict is complicated and bloody. But historically, the British might be the ones who started pitting them against each other. Nevertheless, Malaysia and many other countries recognise and support the Palestine as a whole.

The Queen of Squash, Nicol David

The soon to be retired Datuk Nicol David is the pinnacle of the international squash scene, but that is not the only thing she is good at.

Root causes of Zoo problem

The Zoo Negara is struggling to survive, while some people blame it on their high entrance fees, others point the finger at the animal welfare groups. Recently, Zoo Negara was …

Veil is more important than heart

Dr. Amalina Bakri, Malaysia’s very own genius whose name can never escape the chatter of some prejudiced Malays, helped a baby battling Germ Cell Tumor. The baby’s mother, Nurul Erwani …

Dying for Social Media

Online networking affects perception, judgement, and public approval; so much so that people trade their lives for it. The fault doesn’t lie with any specific generation, but perhaps the evolution …

Celebrity drug epidemic

Actor and director Farid Kamil is not the first Malaysian celebrity to have fallen victim to the darkest side of drugs, and it is safe to say that he won’t …

Humans failed leatherbacks

Rantau Abang has recently lost its former glory as leatherback turtles are now effectively extinct.

Flat Earth is back in Malaysia

The idea of a giant horizontal piece of land hovering in space seems ridiculous in this current age of technology, but the revival of “flat earth theory” is re-emerging in modern Malaysia.

Malaysia Obliviated From Asia Food Map

Netflix’s new food documentary Street Food (Volume 1: Asia) featured multiple South-East Asian countries, but Malaysia was not one of them. If there is one thing Malaysians can be proud …

Formula One will return

After a year of absence, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants to bring Formula One back.
The first Malaysian Grand Prix (GP) – Formula One (F1) World Championship – was hosted by Sepang International Circuit in 1999. But

Is Lynas a real threat to Malaysia?

Lynas’s production is important for technological growth worldwide, but their waste by-products are getting in the way. However, this isn’t Malaysia’s first rodeo with rare-earth plants. It’s no hush story …

Gelatin: the enemy of halal products

Choosing food to consume and powder to dab on the cheeks is a pleasure for many, until gelatine is found in the list of ingredients. Muslims have always been concerned …

P. Ramlee’s tears in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian entertainment icon P. Ramlee may have received accolades and titles after his death, but his final days in this world were not as bright as some people were led to believe.

The Environment Hazard of Chinese Traditions

Burning offerings to gods and ancestors are one of the many ways Chinese worships. But pollution and environmental hazards may be getting in the way. Living in multi-ethnic Malaysia allows …

Mushrooming Island in Malaysia

With a total land size of 329,847km2 and a density of 99 people per Km2, Malaysian had decisively thought that the country has not enough room for the human and venture into the sea for more land.

Kulim International Airport a threat to Penang

Kedah will be getting a new international airport, and while the people of the state are welcoming the news, neighboring Penang sees it as a threat to their own success.

Mandate education before marriage

Tying the knot is never easy. Other than career and financial stability as pre-requisites to getting married, Muslims are also required to obtain a certificate by completing a pre-marriage course.

Kelantan orders eateries to close at night

The state government of Kelantan trying to push its residences toward a religious path, then the humble small business owners suffer.

The triumph and trials of Sandakan

The influx of Chinese dealers turned Sandakan into a blooming trade town. Until the Japanese invaded and forced thousands to work and die for them.