The Star Says
THERE is none so blind, as he who will not see. The hills of the Camerons are dying. Nature is crying out in anguish. And still, there are those who cannot, and will not, see the problem staring in their face.
ON Wednesday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak unveiled his much-anticipated Cabinet line-up after his first voter mandate at the 13th general election.
THE gruesome rape and murder of Nur Amyliana Shuhada Noor, 11, has sent shivers down the spines of all right-thinking Malaysians. Two suspects are now in police custody and the cries for justice are ringing out loud and clear.
THE first task for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is to form the Cabinet. And we can expect the process to be different this time.
THE People’s Verdict is in. And the people have delivered their mandate to the Barisan Nasional to run the federal government for another five years.
TOMORROW, Malaysians go to the polls. The finishing line is in sight for a GE13 race that has been tough, gruelling and, at times, extremely emotional.
ON Nomination Day yesterday, 1,900 candidates stepped forward to offer themselves as candidates in the 13th General Election. Five hundred and seventy- nine will seek a seat in the Dewan Rakyat while 1,321 will be going for a seat in the respective state assemblies, not counting Sarawak.
COME the third Monday of April each year, amateur and professional runners pound the streets of Boston traversing the hilly New England terrain in what must surely be one of the most recognisable sporting events in the world – the Boston Marathon.
IT’S on. Malaysia goes to the polls on Sunday, May 5, 2013. In the days ahead, the names of candidates will be released by both sides.
AS Malaysians eagerly await the Election Commission’s announcement of the nomination and polling dates after its special meeting today, the protagonists have already made their stands clear via their manifestos.
THE poor response from Malaysians abroad to sign up as postal voters for the upcoming 13th general election speaks volumes as to how every citizen, at home or abroad, truly wants to make every vote count.
WHEN the city becomes a big construction yard, it is often seen as a sign of a booming economy.
THE Kuala Lumpur International Airport is poised to join the ranks of the Top 20 busiest airports in the world by 2020. It will need to move up at least seven spots from its current 27th rank over the next seven years.
THE setting up of the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone, as announced by the Prime Minister on Monday, is a step in the right direction to ensure the safety and security of the people in the affected districts.
TODAY marks the 15th edition of the Formula One Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix. And the driver who receives the chequered flag at the world renowned Sepang F1 circuit sometime this evening may even have the honour to create some sort of record.
THE slew of predominantly good news with regard to our economy and the transformation agenda, tinged with a touch of realism, makes us look forward with optimism.
HAILING a cab is a reality of city life. In all the big cities of the world, even those with excellent mass transport systems like Singapore, London, New York or Tokyo, the cab is an essential and iconic facility not only for the local population but also for visitors near and far.
IT is welcome news indeed. And all Malaysians will rejoice with the 102,000 police and nearly 132,000 armed forces personnel whose salaries are being revised upwards and streamlined with the pay scheme of the civil service.
THE teaching of English in schools – either as a subject in itself or through the use of the language in other subjects – is an issue that strikes a chord with many.
IT was a defining moment whose time had come. When our men went out in full force to reclaim the ground that foreign intruders had occupied since Feb 9, it was, as the Prime Minister rightly puts it, “in defence of the country’s honour and sovereignty.”
ANYONE who has tried to tell off a person smoking in a non-smoking zone knows that it is extremely difficult to talk sense to a person who deliberately ignores the law.
THE High Court ruling last Thursday that the Sepang Municipal Council has no power to remove Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras as they were located on federal roads has opened up a litany of legal issues that will slowly but surely work their way up to the highest court in the land.
WITH the recent spate of incidents involving animal abuse, it is timely that a new law has been drafted to add more bite to the fight against such inhumane behaviour.
WE are always touched by stories about how organs are successfully transplanted from one body to another. More so when the circumstances are dramatic and heart-wrenching, restoring our faith in humanity.
THE report that Cuepacs wants to make 2013 the year of the smile will surely bring a smile to your face. Some smiles may be cynical but we must give credit to Cuepacs for acknowledging forthright that smiling has yet to become a culture among most civil servants, despite the many campaigns over the years.
IT was breaking news of global proportions. When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on Monday, citing age and declining health as reasons, he made a decision that though legally permissible, has never been done since Gregory XII left office under different circumstances almost six centuries ago.
THE Year of the Snake slithers in today, marking the first day of the new Lunar Year, which is celebrated by the Chinese community here and throughout the world.
THE Public Works Department is to be commended for coming up with an early warning system that can send out alerts at least two hours before a landslide occurs.
THE revelation that an average of 15 people went missing each day in Malaysia last year, the majority of them teenagers, may come as a shock to many.
THERE was, without doubt, some anxiety over whether the threat to burn copies of the Bahasa Malaysia translation of the Bible with the word “Allah” in it would actually be carried out in Butterworth on Sunday.
THE journey to liberate Palestine is long and arduous but worthwhile for those who believe in freedom and justice.
A little boy lost in the big city. Where could William Yau Zhen Zhong, barely six years of age, be? He is 110cm tall and has a scar on the left side of his forehead, and he has been missing since last Wednes-day.
WHEN the government first announced that PTPTN borrowers who obtained first-class degrees would have their loans converted into full scholarships, it was an unexpected bonus for these top graduates.
FOR law graduates without the necessary qualifications to be called to the Malaysian Bar direct, the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) examination remains a formidable final hurdle that has to be cleared.
WHEN it comes to basic amenities, it would not be wrong to surmise that the people will find it harder to deal with a situation where the pipes run dry over, say, an interruption in electricity supply.
THE tropical storm that was anticipated to hit the east coast of the peninsula has fizzled out. It was the tail-end of typhoon Sonamu, which struck the Philippines on Friday, and the authorities were concerned that it might still have some oomph left by the time it reached the shores of the three states on the eastern front – Terengganu, Pahang and Kelantan.
MANY global institutions have praised the Malaysian economy which has been driven by the strong domestic consumption brought about by the Government Transformation Programme.
SHOCKING. The wall that shouldn’t have been, says our headline. And from what has been revealed so far by the mayor of Kuala Lumpur, and also through the expert opinion of a geologist and a land development specialist, we can surmise that the collapse of the retaining wall at Bukit Setiawangsa was an accident waiting to happen.
THE world did not “end” nine days ago as some had feared but our environment remains as fragile as ever.
IT is now past “doomsday” and the world is still very much as it was: promising, troubling, imperfect, bountiful, vulnerable and nonetheless intact.
IT is known as the street that never sleeps. And for all the wrong reasons.
SOME people routinely unload their rubbish into rivers. Even more people unthinkingly dump rubbish into drains, which then empty into rivers.
WHEN will we ever learn? More importantly, why isn’t anything done? Over the past several months, this newspaper has been raising the alarm on the uncontrolled land clearing in Cameron Highlands. Our latest reports the last two days show how frighteningly massive the problem is.
THE long-awaited implementation date for workers in the private sector to retire at 60 instead of 55 has been announced.
THE demand is there, but the supply is short. In a situation like this, it is a matter of time before the unscrupulous agencies and syndicates come up with novel solutions to make desperate employers happy. And their own pockets full.
ALL sane and responsible people understand the need to live by certain ethical values and moral standards. Malaysians, generally, have never been an “anything goes” people.
THE general election is around the corner, and it is a matter of time before the current Parliament is dissolved.
THE uproar over the sentences meted out to former national youth squad bowler Noor Afizal Azizan and electrician Chuah Guan Jiu back in August was understandable.
THE hideously spiralling, lopsided violence in Gaza is a tragedy of vast proportions and a travesty of international politics.
THE birth of this nation as the Federation of Malaya more than half a century ago was a moment of unparalleled joy. This came from the advent of the country as a sovereign nation and everything that it represented.
THE line that separates what is legally wrong from what is morally right is sometimes hard to determine when compassion has to compete against rules and regulations.