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On The Beat

Quality, not quantity

Instead of angling for new accolades, let’s rejuvenate our existing assets.

Beyond boundaries

A new Asean post 2025?

A vision is being prepared for the region which is expected to last for 20 years, and which will be launched in 2025 under Malaysia’s chairmanship.

It's Just Politics

Hardliner or cute uncle?

Softening his image might have been the genius move that has won this man Indonesia’s presidency.

The Star Says

Keeping our children safe online

CHILDREN nowadays seem to be born with the ability to use computers – all forms of digital tech, really.


An election unlike any other

For anyone outside Indonesia, it is surreal to hear that the result of the presidential election was announced by pollsters and not the official governing body.

On The Line

Time to purify the murky waters of Malaysian diving

IT was exactly 20 years ago that Bryan Nickson Lomas was interviewed by the renowned Time magazine in a city steeped in Olympic tradition.


Drama behind former strongman's decline

THE sun has long set on the political career of Tun Taib Mahmud but who could have imagined that the final stage of the former Sarawak governor and chief minister's life journey would be playing out publicly in such a dramatic fashion?


When time is stolen from night

WE are now living in a 24-hour society where most activities can be carried out at any time without restrictions, mostly thanks to technology.

Sports Box

The ang pow we want from athletes – their best effort

WHEN I was younger, I used to joke that I was eligible to receive ang pow from my married Chinese friends. In fact, I still go around asking for the red packets, just for the fun of it. After all, I am still single.


Alliances relying on family ties

THERE’S a parallel between the results of Wednesday’s Indonesian presidential election and the presidential polls in the Philippines in May 2022.

On Your Side

A stretch too far

The process of obtaining the Unesco World Heritage Site status is a lengthy and complicated one.


A battle for love and legacy

ABOUT 202 million voters in Indonesia, the third most populous electoral democracy in the world, go to the polls today.

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