The Tea on the Missing Teh Tarik

by Yvonne Tan   #MilkTeaAlliance began a year ago when Thai actor Vachirawit Chivaree posted that Hong Kong was a country in an offhanded manner. It resulted, as expected, with uproar from netizens and attacked an old post by Chivaree’s girlfriend who stated that Taiwan was a country as well. However, Thai netizens defended their […]

Darurat Diaries

by Yvonne Tan   “How are you? I wish you all in the best of health always.” was how Muhyiddin began his special announcement of Emergency. On the contrary of Muhyiddin’s personable opening, darurat has always been a term that invokes fear, conjuring up real memories of curfews and stockpiling goods that ensued after the […]

Tomoi: A Blow by Blow Account

by Yvonne Tan   Think of an indigenous martial art in Malaysia. Immediately we would think of silat. However, like most places in Southeast Asia, each place has a variant of Muay Thai. Myanmar has Lethwei, which is usually said to be one of the more brutal martial arts around given it permits headbutting and […]

Negotiating Love in Malaysia

by Yvonne Tan Maybe it is just me, but conversion, of course tied to religion and race, seem to be a preoccupation of the dating world here. There is always hesitation between Muslims and non-Muslims because everyone knows if you are truly committed, you would have to convert. In some ways, it also shows that […]

Feminist Women of Faith: An Oxymoron?

by Yvonne Tan Feminism is sometimes discussed utilizing religious and localized lenses, but remains primarily discussed through the “Big Three” schools of feminist thought – liberal, socialist and radical feminism. Not to mention in the globalized world we live in, feminist narratives from the western world may seem more prominent, hence, the rise of the […]

Tafsir untuk Perempuan

Oleh Faisal Tehrani TERDAPAT sebuah buku oleh Faqihuddin Abdul Kodir, seorang ulama Indonesia yang menurut saya sungguh menarik. Judulnya Qira’ah Mubadalah: Tafsir Progresif Untuk Keadilan Gender Dalam Islam. Ia mengingatkan saya kepada sebuah video terbitan Projek Dialog dengan tajuk hampir sama iaitu ‘Feminisme Tak Anti Islam’ (2013) membincangkan ketakutan sesetengah orang terhadap gagasan ini. Buku […]

Adakah MB Kedah Melakukan Kenyataan Kebencian

oleh Faisal Tehrani MINGGU lalu terdapat satu kenyataan politik berbau kebencian telah diucapkan oleh seorang ahli politik iaitu Menteri Besar Kedah, Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor yang juga ADUN Jeneri dari Parti Islam Semalaysia. Kenyataan beliau itu ekoran tindakan Majlis Bandaraya Alor Setar merobohkan Kuil Sri Raja Muniswarar di Taman Bersatu, Kuala Kedah. Kuil ini dikatakan […]