Category: Features

The Fearsome Four: Msia’s most notorious criminals, Part II

Click here to read Part I BY JAFWAN JAAFAR OF FREE MALAYSIA TODAY ‘True crime’ enthusiasts peering through the bars of the Malaysian penal system may feel ‘robbed’ of a sense of fanboy/girl exhilaration. Staring back at them are puny hordes of small-timers and bunglers whose misdeeds (however grave) are yawn-inducingly pedestrian, microscopic in scale, and utterly lacking in cinematic or literary potential. None of today’s wicked wannabes have a clue about hardcore criminals, and can’t hold a candle (let alone a knife) to the blood-spattered criminal aristocrats of the recent past. Now THOSE guys broke laws like a...

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Meet ‘Monkey’, the boss cat of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Wesley T. Monkey isn’t just any cat. He is THE cat – and you can depend on him to be there for his friends when they need him most. The 2-year-old feline is ‘mayor’ and cool kid of the Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, USA. Founded by Indra Lahiri, the sanctuary acts as a ‘forever home’ for former farm animals that have nowhere else to go. Indraloka also houses nearly 100 cats – but Wesley, by far, is the one with the biggest personality. He’s best known for sleeping, riding, cuddling or otherwise simply sitting on top of his...

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Interview: Irfan from The Times

A couple of weeks ago, we got the chance to sit down with Irfan, the former drummer of the legendary Malaysian indie band, The Times. They once conquered the alternative airwaves with songs like “Dari Singapura Ke Kuala Lumpur”, “Gadisku Dalam Koma”, “Pesona Algebra”, “Lipstik” and many more, and till today, their fans are still asking for their heroes to come back for one last show. The Times was formed when two former members of indie heavyweights OAG, Naza and Mono, left to form another band. Soon after, the band that would soon be known as The Times acquired...

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Where are the chimichangas? It’s our Deadpool review!

Geeks everywhere, rest easy. For we have seen with our own eyes the light and are pleased to report that Deadpool is really, really good. For comic book fans, Deadpool was the movie Marvel would never make – the comics featuring the character were crude, outrageously violent, occasionally insane, and always entertaining. Directed by Tim Miller in his first feature film debut, Deadpool the movie is brimming with sharp dialogue, hilarious character moments, and great chemistry not just between the leads, but also with members of the supporting cast. Star Ryan Reynolds seems determined to exorcize the demons of The...

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Class acts: The academic backgrounds of 15 M’sian leaders

BY JAFWAN JAAFAR of FREE MALAYSIA TODAY Sultan Dr. Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, 59 Position: Sultan of Perak Qualifications: Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, Harvard University Master of Public Administration, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oxford University Trivia: The Sultan’s fields of academic interest encompass political and economic development in East Asia, and economic history. He has written and spoken extensively on a broad range of nation-building issues, ranging from socio-economic development to Islamic finance. Honorary distinctions: Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge University Doctor of Economics, Soka University, Tokyo. Honorary positions:...

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