Johan Jaaffar

Recent and archived articles by Johan Jaaffar

24 Jun 2019 | 7:00 AM

Deepfake is worse than fake news

IMAGINE the unthinkable: Someone of substance in the Chinese community saying something deeply racist on video about the death of a Malay policeman in the aftermath of a racial skirmish in Kuala Lumpur.

10 Jun 2019 | 7:00 AM

It is the institution that matters

I HAVE nothing against Latheefa Koya. In fact, I have a lot of respect for her as a lawyer, human rights activist and politician. She has made her name as someone who speaks her mind.

27 May 2019 | 7:00 AM

Please stay the course, PH!

THE Pakatan Harapan government is still grappling with issues real and imaginary a year after coming to power. So much has been said about the performance of the present government.

13 May 2019 | 7:00 AM

We are never too old to work

Those above 60 years should not be taken for granted as they are poised to transform society in the 21st century.

29 Apr 2019 | 7:00 AM

An obituary for the book industry?

MANY writers certainly aspire to be J.K. Rowling, one of the most commercially successful novelists in the world today. She is said to be worth RM4bil.

15 Apr 2019 | 7:00 AM

A gathering unlike any other

WHEN I joined Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) as a researcher in 1977, I shared a room with the late Abdullah Hussain. He was already a well-known novelist and short story writer. He later became the country’s eighth Sasterawan Negara (national laureate). He was once the editor of the entertainment magazine Gelanggang partly owned by the great P. Ramlee. Naturally, he had a lot of stories to tell about his days in Singapore during the best years of Malay cinema.

1 Apr 2019 | 7:00 AM

Money at the bottom of the pyramid

Empowering the ‘poor’ makes a lot of business and economic sense.

18 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

Approach to economy a game changer

Malaysians opted to change the government last year but reality is beginning to set in as Pakatan harapan struggles to address bread and butter issues.

4 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

Oscars – showbiz at its best and worst

WHO would have imagined Green Book being named Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards? Before this, probably 85% of moviegoers had never heard of the film directed by Peter Farrelly.

Unexpected win: Farrelly holding up the Oscar as he makes his speech on stage after ‘Green Book’ won the Best Picture award. Looking on are Mortensen (left) and Ali (centre) with other cast members of the film.— Reuters
18 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

EAC must not fail

THE Economic Action Council (EAC) was set up out of necessity, and not because the ministers are incompetent. On this matter, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had to publicly counter the views of his no-nonsense media and communication adviser Datuk A. Kadir Jasin.