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Archive for 'On The Ground'

Teh, tosai and ‘Uncle, what’s your opinion?’

By Beth Yahp IT’s March 7, eve of the elections. I’m at my usual morning teh tarik corner shop in Bangsar, the New Straits Times [NST] under my arm, making my way to a table out back where I can eat with elbow room, watch people and catch up on the news. It’s my favourite [...]

Malaysia votes

MALAYSIANS go to the polls today (March 8). They will elect their representatives and determine who they want to form the government in the next five years, at the state as well as federal levels. The ballots they cast also represent their views on how the nation has been governed since the last general election [...]

What finally matters to Penangites?

The crowd outside the Han Chiang Indoor Stadium in Penang on March 1 who lapped up Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sterling performance as an orator. By Jacqueline Ann Surin [email protected] PENANG: “I am very confident the people of Penang will take the lead in toppling the Barisan Nasional (BN) government,” Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim declared [...]

“Oghe chinoh kelate cukup luar beseh”

By Danny Lim [email protected] KOTA BHARU: Where Kelantanese Malays can’t stop offering their opinions on politics, regardless of whether they’re asked, the Chinese community here is rather reticent, even when pushed. In a vastly Malay state, Chinese voters make up no more than 5% of the electorate in all but three parliamentary constituencies: Kota Bharu, [...]

Samy Vellu’s moment of truth

Samy Vellu at the Sri Mariamman Temple in Taman Dovenby. Photos by Cindy Tham. By Cindy Tham [email protected] SUNGAI SIPUT: The Sri Mariamman Temple in Taman Dovenby here was a hive of activity on March 5, as devotees carrying the kavadi made the journey on foot from several kilometres outside the Dovenby Plantation to the [...]