A. Kathirasen

A. Kathirasen
A Kathirasen has spent 42 years in journalism typing under the illusion that people actually read his writings.

Towering Tunku and today’s power-loving politicians

Decades after his death, Tunku Abdul Rahman continues to live in the hearts of many Malaysians.

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown

Muhyiddin Yassin has to deal with multiple problems, from a split in his party to an opposition waiting to topple his government to an angry Dr Mahathir Mohamad and a world battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

The masks we wear, the stories they tell

The fact is we have always worn masks, especially the politicians.

With Covid-19, neither the hospital nor Parliament is safe

Suddenly, hospitals are seen as not so safe for the old because of Covid-19, just as Parliament is seen as not so safe for PN.

The case for a no-confidence vote

The more Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin delays any motion of no confidence, the more time he has to strengthen his position.

Expect a rise in prices, crime and poverty post CMCO

Many have lost or will lose their jobs, and there is no guarantee that prices of goods and services will remain at pre-MCO levels.

The small man and the stimulus package

Many self-employed small-time farmers, fishermen and market traders are not registered with the Inland Revenue Board, so aid may not reach them.

Amid foul-ups, the face of Malaysia’s fight against Covid-19 stands tall

Although there has been some confusion, the government is doing relatively well largely due to the health DG and his band of gallant men and women.

The death of normalcy

The MCO is not only going to take a nasty toll on families, but also on the nation, especially if the government fails to negotiate this crisis honestly and cleverly.

Death in the time of coronavirus

Attending a funeral while the country is in partial lockdown over the Covid-19 outbreak evokes thoughts about death at this time of global tragedy.

Let’s help the real Avengers – our doctors and nurses

Healthcare staff are the real heroes on the front line, who put their lives at risk so that the spread of Covid-19 can be arrested.

Brace for a long winter as Covid-19 stalks us

Malaysians must work with the government to tackle the pandemic as not only will there be an exponential rise in the number of cases, the economy will also take a devastating hit.

The coronavirus and the wisdom of traditional greetings

The call to not shake hands but to say Salam Malaysia so as to prevent coronavirus infection not only has merit, it also reminds us of the wisdom of our Asian way of greeting others.

Cheers to Chinese contribution to Malaysia’s growth

If all the Chinese were to leave the country tomorrow, Malaysia will be in deep trouble as many of the businesses are run by them and most of the government’s tax revenue comes from them.

Lousy start for acting education minister Mahathir

The turbulence caused by an education ministry directive over Ponggal celebrations portends the difficulties Dr Mahathir Mohamad will face in revamping the education system.

In 2020, let’s listen to the rulers, not the politicians

The king and some of our rulers are showing the way to greater unity, unlike some political leaders who create rifts, and so it’s time we listened more to the king and his brother rulers.

Will Saifuddin or Mustapa be the next education minister?

Saifuddin Abdullah and Mustapa Mohamed have strong credentials and will be able to bring back confidence in and to the education ministry.

Lessons, and a warning, for the PM and his ministers

The year 2019 saw a substantial number of former leaders of various countries being charged or sentenced to jail for graft and abuse of power and this should serve as a lesson for our own ministers and politicians.

Why Mahathir has to be Malaysian of the Year 2019

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, at 94, is putting many people younger than him to shame with his energy and intelligence, and has shown that he is still very much in charge, although his party is numerically weak.

Anwar vs Azmin: Both will lose

And if, in the unlikely event that PH collapses as a result of the political wayang kulit, the voter who voted for a New Malaysia will be the ultimate loser.

The truth behind the power of the vote

In deciding on which candidate or political party we should vote for to secure our welfare and that of the nation, we think we hold ultimate power to shape the nation – but do we?

Tanjung Piai shows Malaysians tired of waiting for a New Malaysia

While the Tanjung Piai by-election offers a lifeline to the MCA and the BN, it shows yet again that the people are very unhappy with the slow progress made by the PH in fulfilling its promises of structural reforms and economic well-being.

Utusan and the wave of Malay dignity

Utusan Malaysia strove, in its early days, to inspire dignity among the Malays and make them politically conscious but in later years, under Umno, it shot itself on the foot… and the head, too.

Lack of outcry over slow poisoning by the haze is astonishing

Malaysians appear to have accepted the annual haze exported by Indonesia and the indiscriminate logging of forests which will have long-term consequences.