Category: Features

Price of Marriage in Malay Culture

By Shazwan Zulkiffli I’m pretty sure by now everyone’s familiar with the video of a bunch of emotional people who went on a major silat brawl in a nikah ceremony gone terribly wrong. If you haven’t watched the video, check it out here: According to reports, the groom promised a large sum of RM15,000 as wang hantaran to the bride’s family, but was only able to provide around RM10,000, which led to brutal, slippers-flying combat between both families. The groom requested for the sum to be reduced to RM7,500, as the sum was a bit excessive for his financial...

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Interview: Dato’ Ramli Ibrahim of Sutra Foundation

Last week we got the chance to have a chat with one of the most important figures in the Malaysian traditonal dance scene, Sangeet Natak Academy Award winner, and Sutra Foundation founder, and obviously, a legend, Dato‘ Ramli Ibrahim at the GANJAM- Exhibition of photographs by A.Pratap (India) and S.Magendran (Malaysia). Dato‘ Ramli Ibrahim, who was also a part of the Sydney Dance Company, led the prestigous Sutra Foundation, his own Malaysian-born company, to the highest level. Having toured more than 100 countries around the world, Dato‘ Ramli Ibrahim succeeded in bring Malaysian traditional Indian dance to the eyes of the...

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Interview: Joanne Kay of Ultron

Supermom and founder of Malaysia’s own micro-dry fitness clothing brand Ultron, Joanne Kay, breaks barriers and boundaries every time she steps into the public spotlight. Often seen with her baby Gemma on one arm and the other on a phone, she’s a one-woman tour de force that’s an inspiration to the 21st century Mom- career driven and family powered. Hi Joanne! I guess this is the easiest place to start- why the name ‘Ultron’? For the record, it’s not named after the Avengers (Ultron, from the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron)! It stands for ‘ultra marathon’. That said, we are...

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Selamat Malam, Minul.

By Shazwan Zulkiffli Takkan aku lupa tragedi yang memberikan kesan kepada aku semasa aku masih di Tingkatan 3. Aku masih terlalu muda ketika itu untuk menyaksikan rakan sendiri, berlumuran darah, selepas ditembak betul betul di hadapan rumahku sendiri di Seksyen 11. Masih teringat bila aku keluar dari rumah malam itu dengan seribu tanda tanya, beberapa kereta polis dijadikan benteng untuk menutup jalan, dan bunyi anggota polis berjalan keliling kereta Aminul yang terbabas di longkang depan rumah ku memecah kesunyian malam. Malam itu agak gelap dari yang biasa, jadi aku tak dapat betul betul cam gerangan siapakah yang ditembak mati...

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Kes korupsi Pegawai KBS, salah kita semua.

By Shazwan Zulkiffli Kita dikejutkan dengan penahanan seorang pegawai Kementerian Belia dan Sukan (KBS) yang menggelapkan lebih kurang RM100 juta dana kementerian sejak enam tahun lalu. Beliau telah berjaya ditahan oleh Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) di Kajang jumaat yang lalu. Ya, suspek sudah berjaya ditahan, tetapi apa gunanya jika nasi sudah menjadi bubur?  Berjuta juta wang ringgit telah dibazirkan untuk melayan nafsu seorang individu yang tidak bertanggungjawab, dan tidak menyumbang kearah kemajuan sukan dan belia Negara. Sebuah masalah besar untuk Kementerian Belia Dan Sukan. Walaubagaimanapun, KBS telah banyak memberi sumbangan kepada Negara dalam pelbagai aspek.  Dengan projek National...

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