Reminders behind the familiar

IN going through the motions of familiar rituals, one sometimes needs to be reminded of why one is doing them. In Seri Menanti on the eve of Hari Raya Haji, the maghrib and isyak prayers are punctuated by the firing... more »

Beating for cultural freedom

AFTER witnessing some extraordinary silat performances at Teratak Tok Cindai in Kepong, my brain was trying to comprehend the amazing feats of jumping, rolling and fighting involving spark-generating swords in high-speed fights (which, even if choreographed, is extremely dangerous). But... more »

Vicissitudes at Carcosa

“WE shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us,” said Sir Winston Churchill. Carcosa has played its part in the history of the Federated Malay States, the Federation of Malaya, and then Malaysia; and each marking an evolution in... more »

Malaysia’s opportunity for Asian democracy

LIBERATION and democratisation in Asia is a complex story. Our continent is geographically so vast and is home to so many different cultural and religious narratives that have given rise to multiple justifications for political legitimacy; and our myriad interactions... more »
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