Philosophy. It’s a word that sends chills down the spines of most secondary school students. The word conjures up images of bearded men in togas and riddles wrapped in enigma. It is a subject that is seen as useless; something that is not relevant in the “real world”.

Who needs…


Writer’s block is a bane for people who want to produce content on a steady schedule. It isn’t easy being creative, especially when you have so many things to think about. …


This article is co-written with Nur Shifa Asri.

Let me begin by making it clear that the late P. Ramlee was indeed a talented and legendary figure in the history of Malaysian entertainment. He acted, sang, and directed. It was rare to find that kind of talent in one person…


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Being wrong sucks. In an ideal world where we’re all reasonable and open-minded, being wrong wouldn’t matter. Sadly, that’s not the world we live in. If anything, our unwillingness to accept being wrong contributes to a stubborn intractability that prevents society from progressing.

This is especially true on the internet…


Superstition has always been a part of the human race. We tend to believe that if we do something, anything, even if it’s remotely possible, it will have some effect on our lives. …


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The cigarette has been a major part of human life as we know it, and for many it has also been an important part of their death. It has been the topic of economists, politicians, doctors, and even moralists. The desire to quit smoking has been the topic of every…


The aftermath of fatal race riots in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 13, 1969. Photo: Facebook

Race-based identity politics dominate Malaysian politics. The notion that one’s race is made up of individuals with completely common interests and that other races’ interests aren’t significant holds firm among Malaysians. There is a racist mindset that makes it challenging for interracial friends to get along. Identity politics are wrongly…


Nicolas-Antoine Taunay — Le triomphe de la guillotine, 1795

Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal’s deed, however calculated, can be compared. For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date on which he would inflict a horrible death on…


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Our modern world has grown more complex. Everyone in our world is interconnected in some way, and everyone’s personal life is influenced by that fact. We’ve been told that our lives have no meaning, but I feel they don’t. They have the potential to be meaningful if we choose them…


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Malaysia’s rain is a rain of exile; it is a downpour of rejection. It’s a rain of loneliness and solitude. It’s a rain of misery and anguish. Even if we’ve never felt totally cut off from others, we’ve all experienced alienation in our lives. Some of the ways we’ve felt…

Fayyadh Jaafar

An out-of-control freelance journalist. I am located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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