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Tak peduli tentang undang-undang?

Selayaknya sebuah negara, Malaysia mempunyai undang-undang yang perlu dipatuhi. Tetapi yang ‘kecil’ sering sahaja dipandang ringan.

Situasi kritikal perkhidmatan awam

Penjawat awam yang mula bekerja pada tahun 2020 mungkin tidak lagi menerima elaun kritikal RM750. Tetapi wajarkah tindakan ini untuk mereka?

Demi paras menawan

Obsesi mengejar kecantikan semakin menjadi-jadi sejak akhir-akhir ini, sampaikan ramai yang lupa hukum sebenar di sisi agama.

Tiada maaf buat pemandu mabuk?

Kumpulan akvitis hak asasi manusia boleh bersuara dengan mengatakan hukuman mati (capital punishment) ialah pencabulan hak asasi seseorang individu, tetapi bagi mereka yang pernah merasai peritnya kehilangan ahli keluarga kerana seorang pemandu cuai di bawah pengaruh alkohol, hukuman mati adalah yang terbaik demi mencapai keadilan.

Tiada negara, tiada hak

Isu golongan tidak bernegara (statelessness) di Sabah sudah lama terbiar tidak berpenghujung. Sehingga hari ini, jalan penyelesaiannya masih samar

Perkahwinan satu eksploitasi ke atas kanak-kanak

Topik perkahwinan kanak-kanak sangat sensitif untuk dibincangkan secara terbuka di Malaysia. Lebih menyedihkan, masih ada pihak yang tidak memandangnya sebagai satu masalah sosial yang perlu dibendung.

Obsesi kulit cerah

Ramai wanita muda dalam komuniti hari ini terlampau ghairah dalam mengejar kecantikan, kerana di mata masyarakat, berkulit gelap bermaksud ‘hodoh’. ‘Kecantikan tidak dinilai berdasarkan warna kulit’, ‘kecantikan dalaman lebih penting …

Jangan takuti vaksin

Virus polio muncul lagi di Malaysia selepas 27 tahun, dan tragedi ini seharusnya memberi kesedaran kepada ibu bapa tentang pentingnya vaksin.

Mengenali Bajau: pengembara laut

Suku kaum Bajau di Borneo hidup dengan bergantung kepada hidupan laut. Keistimewaan mereka termasuklah kemahiran menyelam dalam suatu jangka masa yang lama.

Sisi gelap dunia seni

Selebriti datang dan pergi, yang membezakan mereka ialah sejauh mana kareer yang dibina mampu menutup perjalanan seni mereka.

Khilaf program realiti TV

Ramai yang suka menonton program realiti TV kerana hiburan segera yang disajikan, tetapi senario pada hari ini telah banyak mengubah persepsi masyarakat terhadap rancangan sebegini.

Mencari bakat atau hiburan semata?

Bermula dari Bintang RTM ke Akademi Fantasia dan terkini Big Stage, skrin televisyen tidak pernah sunyi daripada program-program realiti mencari bakat nyanyian tempatan. Tetapi masihkah ia relevan pada hari ini? …

Pilihan dalam melahirkan

Kadar kesuburan terus menurun setiap tahun. Adakah ini bakal membawa kesan negatif, atau pun sebenarnya positif? Di negara-negara luar seperti Australia, Kanada, dan Singapura, punca penurunan kadar kesuburan (fertility rate) …

Ke mana hala tuju graduan perubatan?

Ramai graduan perubatan yang dihasilkan universiti setiap tahun, tetapi sayangnya, ramai juga yang tidak mampu dijanjikan masa depan yang cerah.

Jangan nafikan bakat atlet gimnastik wanita

Menyertai sukan gimnastik bererti beraksi di gelanggang dalam pakaian ‘terdedah’, oleh sebab itulah ahli gimnastik perempuan di Terengganu tidak lagi dibenarkan bertanding.

‘Kandungan asli’ Malaysia di Netflix?

Dark dibawa dari German, Elite dari Sepanyol, dan My First First Love dari Korea. Bagaimana pula dengan Malaysia?

It’s time to take Esports seriously

2019 SEA Games is fast approaching. It is time for Malaysians to show strong supports for the eSports team. Esports is on the rise – doubled budget allocation for 2020 …

Terlajak kayuhan, buruk padahnya

Ramai yang mengisi zaman kanak-kanak dengan berbasikal bersama rakan-rakan. Tetapi apabila basikal itu diubahsuai dengan tujuan perlumbaan di tengah malam, ia bukan lagi sesuatu yang menyeronokkan.

Sekolah tahfiz bukan ‘tapak buangan’

Sekolah tahfiz sememangnya pilihan yang baik untuk ibu bapa yang mahukan anak-anak mereka mendapat pendidikan Islam yang menyeluruh, tetapi bukan semua sekolah mampu menjamin keselamatan dan kebajikan anak-anak ini.

Antara sains dan sastera

Sistem pembelajaran aliran sains dan sastera mungkin bakal dimansuhkan. Adakah semua pelajar sekolah sudah bersedia dengan perubahan ini? Sudah menjadi kelaziman buat pelajar-pelajar sekolah menengah yang baru sahaja menempatkan diri …

Nasib si penuai padi

Tanaman padi adalah asas kepada makanan harian penduduk Malaysia, namun kehidupan para petani yang menjadi tunjang kepada tanaman ini bukanlah mudah. Getah dan kelapa sawit merupakan tanaman dominan dalam industri …

When wallets go digital

Shopping malls, pasar malam, and even mamak stalls nowadays accept the digital payment method or e-wallet services. But Malaysians are having a hard time to decide on the best one.

Child genius, a curse in disguise?

Being born genius is a gift, but with such astounding abilities, it can somehow turn life into a curse.

Treat rather than punish

Drugs have had their claws in many people’s lives for so many years. Perhaps it is time to offer these people the much-needed aid instead of a lifetime damnation. Drug …

Bercuti cara Islam di Malaysia

Ramai pelancong Muslim dari negara-negara luar menjadikan Malaysia sebagai destinasi idaman untuk percutian halal mereka kerana Malaysia sememangnya menyediakan infrastruktur mesra Islam yang terbaik.

#Boikot: mekanisme pertahanan rakyat Malaysia

Kempen memboikot sudah menjadi begitu sinonim dalam masyarakat Malaysia hari ini. Tetapi, adakah memboikot jawapan kepada setiap masalah yang ada?

Is media taking away people’s empathy?

Violence desensitization may begin with the media exposure of violence, but it could seriously lead to a much bigger problem. The cinema hall is quiet, as how it has been …

Sekatan dalam menonton filem

Bagi penggemar-penggemar filem, mereka ada banyak pilihan menarik. Tetapi bukan semua boleh ditonton di pawagam.

“Made in Malaysia”

Supporting local brands is not some of the Malaysians’ strong suit, and it isn’t just because of the lack of talents

Gig economy: not a real job?

Many youths now pick the gig economy scene as a path to venture into, but is it a promising career option?

Parents’ favour Chinese schools

Today, many parents agree that Chinese vernacular schools are the perfect place for their children’s education. What makes these schools a better option than national schools?

Universiti bukan lagi penentu masa depan?

Untuk lepasan SPM mendapat tempat di universiti pernah menjadi suatu kejayaan besar yang menjadi kebanggan besar namun, dengan lambakan institusi pengajian tinggi, ia mungkin bukan lagi suatu pencapaian. Tahun demi …

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?

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?

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.

Closing the pay gap

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

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…

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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, …

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Overfeeding street sleepers

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

‘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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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

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 …

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.

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.