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At Hakka Rang Restaurant, the service charge is still applicable. The owner said the service charge is distributed to both the floor and kitchen staff based on a point system.

Ten percent for my thoughts

26 April 2015

To pay or not to pay? Customers are now standing up for their rights and refuse to fork out the service charge at restaurants.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh taking awefie with Education Ministry staff members during the launch of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) at Royale Chulan Hotel on April 7 2015. AZMAN GHANI/ The Star

There's more to education than getting good grades

12 April 2015

Universities can add value by giving students a real-world environment to apply their knowledge, and to make it safe for them to fail.

Lost in translation? Well, don’t shoot the messenger!

29 March 2015

You can say something in good faith that is true, but what is really important is how people will react to it. Problem is, you can’t control how people will see your message, can you?

Migration to a war zone

15 March 2015

There are Malaysian teenagers who want to leave the country to join ISIS in Syria. But is there more to the story?

We want to believe so badly sometimes that facts don't matter

1 March 2015

If we hold on to our beliefs so strongly, does it matter what the facts say?

FOR ONLINE ONLY: Painful choice: Some parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children against diseases such as measles because of the mistaken belief that vaccines can cause autism in children. Photo: AFP

Religious talk in Malaysia run the risk of degenerating into entrenchment

15 February 2015

Most conversations about religion in this country have a high risk of degenerating into entrenchment.

Posing shots with cane. 25 Jan 2015 CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

Thoughts on corporal punishment

1 February 2015

Smacking a child can result in short-term compliance, but there are long-term consequences.

epa04558618 A glass with a candle and the words Je suis Charlie are being held by a participant of a vigil at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin,Germany 13 January 2015. A vigil for a cosmopolitan and tolerant Germany and for freedom of expression and religion take place after the terror attacks in Paris. German chancellor Angela Merkel and members of her cabinet are set to participate in the rally in Berlin in support of religious tolerance and openness, organized by Germanys Muslim leaders. EPA/KAYNIETFELD

Je suis (re)chercher

18 January 2015

Seeking the truth behind the recent terror attack in Paris isn't easy.

One of the flood victims feels better as a volunteer from Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation wipes her tears after giving out flood aid  at Kubang Kerian, Kelantan. -IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star.

2014 was a trying year, but our chance to learn and improve

4 January 2015

It's been one heck of a year for Malaysia - disasters, drought, floods, kidnappings – enough fodder for conspiracy theorists and moviemakers for a decade.


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