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A needless distraction

IN English, the word ‘khat’ is used to refer to the leaves of an Arabian bush that are either chewed or made into tea. ‘Khat’ is deemed an illegal drug in some countries because the leaves contain an opiate-like stimulant, much like our ‘ketum’.

Guessing game on succession

The latest sex scandal has fuelled more questions and doubts over the agreed plan to make Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the next PM.

Seeking the truth about MH17

IT has been almost five years since MH17 was shot down but the truth about who was responsible for the despicable mass murder remains unknown.

Time to admit Asean’s 11th member

SO near, yet so far. Timor-Leste has been trudging on for eight years but the road to membership in Asean remains a long and winding one for Asia’s youngest democracy.

Hoping to go higher in press freedom index


Plunge in popularity

WHAT a difference a year makes. In a week, the Pakatan Harapan government will mark its first year in power but in stark contrast to the height of popularity it enjoyed then, support for the coalition has plunged.

Don’t slay the golden goose

Melaka’s growing tourism industry may lose its heritage and uniqueness if the state keeps adding high-density commercial projects indiscriminately.

A long train running saga

THE communication lines seem to be clearer now and the right signals are flashing. It may be just a matter of weeks before the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) is back on track.

Save precious water sources

From SZE LOONG STEVE NGEOW of Kajang, Selangor.

Meandering towards disaster

IN Malaysia, it’s never about the paucity of laws. It’s always about the lack of enforcement or reacting when it is too late.