A. Kathirasen

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

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.

Will Umno-PAS pact create 2 Malaysias?

By stressing on the rights of Malay-Muslims, Umno and PAS will alienate the non-Malays and widen racial and religious differences.

Raatchasi ignites self-reflection among teachers

Maszlee Malik is right to urge teachers to watch the movie ‘Raatchasi’ as it has many lessons which, if taken to heart, may just help improve the schooling experience.

3 women cook up a vegan storm

kawkawveg is a vegan food delivery start-up that aims to make people care not just for their health but also for animals and the environment.

Race + religion + recession = trouble

As religious and racial fault lines widen, as pessimism grips people after 62 years of Merdeka, the prospect arises of a recession exacerbating the situation.

Tun Razak and the question of racial dominance

Malaysia’s second prime minister was against any sort of racial dominance or superiority, and frequently urged leaders to sustain the racial harmony that existed.

The Cabinet should ask: Will this unite or divide Malaysians

In the past, several policies or their implementation served to divide Malaysians, but in the New Malaysia, all policies should be geared towards forging unity

Jho Low and Zakir Naik: A tale of two fugitives

If Putrajaya is not careful, people may think the present government is willing to put the interest of one man over the interest of the nation, which is to ensure Malaysians of all ethnicities and religions live in peace and understanding.

We’re khat in yet another controversy

I agree with Lim Kit Siang that we don’t lose if we learn new things, especially about the different cultures in the country.

Fear of Anwar driving PAS, Umno to support Mahathir

When the opposition wants the prime minister, selected by the governing party, or in Malaysia’s case a coalition of parties known as Pakatan Harapan, to continue ruling and finish his full term, something is fishy.

NEP’s socialist origins and the deep state

Young turks pushing for the New Economic Policy may have been influenced by an Indian.

A rare glimpse into NEP’s origins

After the May 13 riots, Abdul Razak Hussein set up a core group which included non-Malays to work out the New Economic Policy which has succeeded in some aspects and failed miserably in others.

Band of brothers connection to Pastor Koh, Amri and Teoh Beng...

Increasingly, it seems that government agencies and others are forming bands of brothers to protect their interests even at the cost of justice and truth.

Converting the Orang Asli? Let’s convert ourselves first

Conversion shouldn’t be like a person changing clothes; it must be about a person changing himself or herself for the better.

Lessons we can learn from our forgotten sports heroes

Malaysia has produced many talented sportsmen over the years but few of us remember them or their sacrifices. We should, for they have much to teach us.