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Vital Signs

Budget 2020: Dear Health Ministry, here’s how to spend your money

IN previous columns, we’ve already built a realistic funding mechanism that guarantees a predictable, generous and gradually increasing sum to the Health Ministry (MOH).


Occupation of Kashmir will spawn great and intense power rivalry

THE world is familiar with both World War I and World War II – a military free for all, with the exception of Latin America, parts of Africa and Switzerland, which declared total neutrality.

Along The Watchtower

The sorry state of our unity

IN 10 days, we will mark our 62nd year of Merdeka but unlike last year when elation was in the air with a new government in Putrajaya, the prevailing mood is one of melancholy.

The Bowerbird Writes

A need for ‘compassionate banking’

An environment lacking in compassion is not good for business and the country in the long run. Business is also about humanity.

Colours of China

Not ‘the happiest place on Earth’

Visitors to Shanghai Disneyland are venting their frustration over being forced to pay for overpriced food and drinks.

Siti Lights

Let's khat to the chase and get to the real issues

For Malaysian unity, we need to cut out the cancer and let the healing begin.

Asian Editors Circle

An awareness of far-off resentments

THE SUNDAY blackout on Aug 4 in Greater Jakarta and parts of West Java was said to be the worst in many years.


A city that people leave

It’s estimated that some 10-12% of Myanmar’s population live or work overseas – a statistic comparable with the Philippines.

The Star Says

We must reject all racial provocations

WITH Merdeka Day just two weeks away, the last thing our peaceful multiracial country wants to see is racial discord and tension.

All the pieces matter

Break the wheel of race politics

Swapping the actors’ roles without changing the script puts us right back in Old Malaysia.