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So where are our Nobel Laureates?

Kuala Lampur, Oct. 20 -- "The Merchant of Death is Dead" - that was the headline of the obituary published for Swedish businessman Alfred Nobel in 1888. It was an appropriate one. Nobel had, after al... Read More


Johor Baru needs a walking entry permit for Singaporeans

Kuala Lampur, Oct. 13 -- I go to Johor Baru (JB) a lot. Why not? Food is delicious. Shopping is cheap. Cinemas are spacious. And beyond the city lies an entire nation full of beautiful sights. It is ... Read More


Taking risks in childhood

Kuala Lampur, Oct. 6 -- All the silly things children do; playing with fire, running with scissors, swimming immediately after eating. It is difficult to explain why they do these things. Why they pu... Read More


Saving the Merlion... the one on Sentosa Island!

Kuala Lampur, Sept. 29 -- They are demolishing the Merlion. Well, not THE Merlion; the original statue built in 1972 and moved to its current location in 2002 is still safe at the Merlion park by the ... Read More


Singapore and Malaysia choking together

Kuala Lampur, Sept. 22 -- So, it seems Singapore and Malaysia are united again - well, at least in terms of facing a common obstacle. That's right, everyone, we are all choking on haze. Which is a p... Read More


Hong Kong falls. Singapore rises

Kuala Lampur, Sept. 15 -- Like so many others in the region and wider world, I looked on with sadness as I saw Hong Kong's protests escalate from peaceful rallies to daily clashes. This was no ordina... Read More


Singapore and the death of a dictator

Kuala Lampur, Sept. 8 -- A dictator died in Singapore last week. Of course the rich and powerful from across South-east and even South Asia are attracted to our world class medical facilities but the ... Read More


Moving beyond colonial capitals

Kuala Lampur, Sept. 1 -- Indonesia seems to be serious about moving its capital. Following years of feasibility studies, President Joko Widowi announced last week that a new site had been chosen in Bo... Read More


In Singapore, workers cannot dream

Kuala Lampur, Aug. 25 -- The other day I watched a CNA documentary on a young construction worker, an aspiring poet, Mukul Hossine. Mukul, a Bangladeshi national, has been working as a construction w... Read More


Can a culture be appropriated?

Kuala Lampur, Aug. 18 -- Is any culture pure? And can a culture belong to a single people? All cultures intermingle and borrow from each other, after all. This is how and why we see the Indian Ramaya... Read More