Wong Chun Wai

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20 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

PAS left in a state of confusion

WE take for granted politicians lying to win elections, or doing so as and when necessary. It’s a given of course, so it would be naïve of anyone to think otherwise, but Malaysians learnt something new recently.

Awkward turnaround: (From left) Nik Abduh, Hadi and Takiyuddin find PAS in a precarious position after a scandal over political dishonesty.
17 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Time of the season

A political year will soon be up, so the honeymoon’s truly over. How has New Malaysia’s government fared? With the indiscretions rolling out, that’s coffee shop talk right now.

12 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Malu apa, bro!

WE seem to be heading towards a dangerous edge. There is now an emerging culture of shamelessness.

10 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Monkey off its back

To avoid slipping on the proverbial banana skin by losing out on ecotourism revenue, Tourism Malaysia must first put its best foot forward.

It is possible to get very close to the primates in Rwanda, but only when your ranger gives the all clear.
3 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Eight is (just about) enough

There are stereotypical people and situations. For the CNY holidays, it’s best to stay clear of familiarity breeding contempt.

27 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Feeling lost in Penang

Its decline has been progressive, but Penang’s Hokkien heritage is at its closest to death’s door as 2019 takes off.

Children admiring a Hokkien glove puppet theatre performing 'Journey to the West' on a portable wooden stage at the Little Penang Street Market.
22 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Kicking up a fuss over a dance

I am finding it hard to comprehend the brouhaha over the episode where Attorney General Tommy Thomas, Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong, who is in charge of law, danced at a recent law fraternity dinner.

13 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Call of the king

There is a first for everything it seems, even for a monarch to step down and a new one to be elected.

6 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Rules for the Rulers

The king of Malaysia oversees a variety of things in the country, but his sovereignty isn’t without question.

Of national interest: The Conference of Rulers – comprising the nine rulers, and governors or Yang di-Pertua Negeri of the other four states – meets three times a year to deliberate on matters of national policy.
23 Dec 2018 | 7:00 AM

Greener on the other side

When in doubt, hop to the most inviting place. While that might be a mantra for frogs, politicians have also taken a fancy to this escape plan.

A comfortable number: PH may not command a two-third majority in Parliament but it does not need to worry as there is a new norm in Malaysia’s democracy – the electorate also wants a strong opposition.