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Aung San Suu Kyi: Lannister or Stark?

In Myanmar’s ‘Game of Thrones’, the Rohingya lose as the much-revered Lady becomes much reviled.

It's Just Politics

A Shakespearean dilemma

Is it only a matter of time before PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali is sacked from his party?

On The Beat

Teaching with a purpose

Education has kicked into high gear in most parts of the world, yet in Malaysia, we’re still aimlessly cruising the neighbourhood.

The Star Says

Listen to our young on climate change

TEENAGE Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was named the youngest Time’s Person of the Year on Wednesday.


A deep state of reflection

AT a recent gathering I was asked about my thoughts on the “deep state”. This refers to people and organisations, often within national institutions, that work together to further an agenda separate from the one intended by the formal institutions of state.

On Your Side

Cruising down the Klang River

THERE’S something about taking a river cruise that harkens back to a bygone age, when the only available transports were via railway, horse-drawn carriages and river.

All the pieces matter

Old style political AGMs reveal deep structural problems

Three political parties concluded their AGMs or party congresses last week. What can we learn from them?

Along The Watchtower

Vision and wilful blindness

FROM an optimistic dream to a recurring nightmare. That’s the misfortune of Malaysia’s Vision 2020.

Vital Signs

Is our healthcare system in crisis?

Is the reemergence of polio after decades and the sudden planned deregulation of doctors' fees an indication that our health system is starting to unravel?

Over the Top

Rebuild Malaysia from within

Instead of pinning our hopes on elected reps, who have often been disappointing, we ordinary Malaysians should work together to make the changes we want.


Messy politics may hinder transition

WHAT a stormy weekend it has been for PKR.

Colours of China

Xi’an’s underground kingdom

​​​​​​​CHINA is known for its speed. It built the world’s fastest bullet train and maglev train system, and developed 5G – the fastest mobile network.