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Move on like the Indonesians

DURING my two-week trip to Indonesia, I observed there was a serious discussion about ekonomi koronavirus (literally coronavirus economy). The debate was on the impact of the outbreak, particularly to Indonesia. Ironically, as of last Thursday, there was no case of the disease among its populace or reports of foreigners contacting the disease.

The Bitter Truth

Pakatan in need of a clear succession plan

HIGHLANDER, the 1986 action fantasy is a cult classic that remains on the "must watch" list of many a movie buff.

Putting Dr G On The Spot

Getting the lowdown on oral sex

Even though oral sex has become more culturally acceptable, it is often still regarded as a taboo.


Duterte’s missed mandate

The Philippine strongman is deliberate, determined and deadly – but he has also been disappointing.

Asian Editors Circle

Why Trump’s peace plan matters to rest of Asia

US President Donald Trump’s peace plan may be targeted at the Middle East but it matters for the rest of Asia too.

All the pieces matter

Politicking out, the rakyat in

I HAVE great respect for Lim Kit Siang. His contributions to the nation are innumerable, and his commitment to a better Malaysia is both inspiring and admirable.

The Star Says

‘To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia’

THE country’s tourism industry contributes significantly to Malaysia’s economic growth – and with the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020), the government is targeting around 30 million tourist arrivals and RM100bil tourist receipts this year.

It's Just Politics

The Pakatan Harapan wild card

THE Pakatan Harapan government is like a house of cards. It is a political structure built out of playing cards – PKR, DAP, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Amanah plus its ally Parti Warisan Sabah – which are precariously balanced together. Take a card out and the coalition of hope collapses.

On The Beat

Bigger fish to fry

​​​​​​​SOMETHING is very wrong with some of our Members of Parliament. Our economy has been heading south since the outbreak of the Covid-19, which spread – like a virus does – from China to the rest of the world, not sparing Malaysia, yet some politicians seem oblivious to the sense of urgency.


A respectable place

MALAYSIA’S performance in the recently-released Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2019 is our best ever, ranking 43rd out of 167 countries and territories, and scoring 7.16 points out of 10, with individual scores of 9.17 for Electoral Process and Pluralism, 7.86 for Functioning of Government, 6.67 for Political Participation, 6.25 for Political Culture, and 5.88 for Civil Liberties.


Handover date on the agenda at council meet

Pakatan Harapan top guns are keen to press Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to ease the political uncertainty over when Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will take over.

Reflecting On The Law

Royal rule amid leadership change

The sagacity of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong can steer the nation through uncertainty if the PM post is vacated unexpectedly.