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Zeffri Yusuf

Zeffri Yusof is an ex-journo and all-round informavore. Zeffri believes in the force of Reason, human goodness and dignity, and the "machahood" of man. He's on and off on twitter.com/zeffri

Not rising to the bait

AUG 25 — Every time religious issues come up in public discourse for a sustained period of time, I can’t help but feel it’s all just... READ MORE

We are the boss

JULY 13 — As Malaysia takes in the aftermath of Bersih 2.0, a few things have been laid quite bare by events in our capital over the weekend. One —... READ MORE

Strapping on quotas

JUNE 28 — We sure do love our quota-based “fixes” over here, don’t we? The most recent being the announcement by the prime minister that corporate... READ MORE

Debates we’re not having

JUNE 20 — This came up in conversation the other day: “As a society, are we progressing or regressing?” Let me qualify that. By progressing, I mean... READ MORE

Some search but do not find

MAY 13 — Dina Zaman’s recent piece on spending some time in an undisclosed Muslim commune in her intriguing Holy Men, Holy Women series really... READ MORE

Saya dan bahasa kebangsaan

1 APRIL — Saya terpanggil untuk berkongsi pandangan peribadi selepas membaca rencana bertajuk “Imperialisme bahasa Inggeris menghakis jati diri... READ MORE

Time for Malaysia’s secular discourse

MARCH 18 — It’s been said that the measure of a dominant majority is in how it treats the minorities in its midst. Are they fair and just,... READ MORE

Watson shows it’s time to take transhumanism seriously

MARCH 1 — Last week, IBM’s Watson supercomputer triumphed convincingly in a three-episode televised matchup against two Jeopardy champions — Ken... READ MORE

As pluralism, so does multiculturalism

FEB 22 — There has been plenty of talk about religious pluralism in Malaysia of late – mainly about how it can’t and won’t work for us. Taking the... READ MORE

Moral Policing Subang Jaya (MPSJ)

JAN 19 — What does it say when Muslims knowingly handle alcohol on the job? Only one of two possibilities: That they really don’t know (Jahil —... READ MORE

‘I reason, I’m okay’

DEC 23 — It’s been about a week since the Malaysian public at large (and the Malay Muslim public in particular) came to grips with Azwan Ismail’s... READ MORE

Remembering the siege of Mecca

DEC 7 — On Awal Muharram in the year 1400 Hijrah (November 20, 1979) something happened in the holy city of Mecca on the grounds of the Masjidil... READ MORE

Doing away with tolerance

NOV 30 — It appears that “ketuanan Melayu” or Malay supremacy is never away from the news for long before somebody decides to pick up on our... READ MORE

Of sausages, conversions and children

NOV 15 — By now it would appear that everyone has had their say on the case of the nasi goreng with pork sausages that led to a 10-year-old Sarawak... READ MORE

No fate but what we make

OCT 31 — Another week, another fatal bus crash. This time the casualties tragically included a group of teens between 13 to 17 years old, on their... READ MORE

Act of sorcery

OCT 15 — I found it fascinating to mull over the suggestion that was reportedly mooted at the IKIP International College seminar on sorcery earlier... READ MORE

IVF – are some people abominations?

OCT 9 — Earlier this week, news that In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) pioneer Robert Edwards was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physiology or... READ MORE

What is moderate Islam in Malaysia?

SEPT 29 — It was interesting to read about our prime minister offering our Islamic experts to help counter Islamophobia in the United States... READ MORE

Our economic transformation can’t be zero-sum

SEPT 22 — Yesterday at the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) Open Day, the Malaysian public got a good look at the Economic... READ MORE

Hawking’s God was Einstein’s too

SEPT 8 — Stephen Hawking’s publishers must have thought it would be great publicity for the celebrated physicist to declare that God “is not... READ MORE

Do not PAS go, do not collect hudud

AUG 27 — Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) Common Policy Framework (CPF) provides a reference for voters who want to find out what the informal coalition’s... READ MORE

Damming the Internet and ourselves

AUG 17 — We first heard of the government evaluating the feasibility of putting up an Internet filter to block “undesirable websites” at the... READ MORE

When too much positivity hurts

AUG 13 — Being that Ramadan is a time for reflection, I was drawn the other day to watch one of my favourite TV shows that unfortunately isn’t on... READ MORE

Observing the ‘anak bulan’

AUG 5 — In a week or so Ramadan will be upon us. And every year like clockwork around this time we would receive news that the start of the fasting... READ MORE

Lack of news scepticism grants false legitimacy

JULY 20 — Outside of politics, current affairs, sports and business, the last few days have also seen a couple of interesting, almost “esoteric”,... READ MORE

Anti-vice tour of duty traumatic?

JULY 7 — Every so often, Malaysians are treated to khalwat-related headlines that tickle our funny bone to the max. Earlier this week we had quite... READ MORE

Profound is over-rated

JULY 3 — I have a confession to make. I can’t stand people who don’t say what they mean plainly. Worse, people who think that using the indirect... READ MORE

No interfaith monopoly on goodness

JUNE 24 — Tuesday, June 22, was World Interfaith Day, designated by Unesco as the day for everyone who values spirituality in their lives to... READ MORE

The importance of incredulity

JUNE 16 — “But science doesn’t know everything.” I’ve probably had dozens of conversations where that particular point was raised in various... READ MORE

Watching the Informavore generation grow up

MAY 11 — The other day, coming home from work after battling through a soaking wet and extra bad KL rush hour, I was greeted by a show of absolute... READ MORE

Islamic backlash aimed at moderates

APRIL 28 — This past week has seen the spotlight turned on Islam on the world stage again. In the United States, a “South Park” episode featuring a... READ MORE

The Hulu Selangor BigTop Show

APRIL 19 — For folks paying attention to Hulu Selangor all this week, the campaign period is both a genuinely engaging pastime and a guilty... READ MORE

Perkasa’s tribal worldview

APRIL 11 — Like them or loathe them, Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Negara (Perkasa) captures the imagination of supporters and detractors alike given... READ MORE

Revisiting the Rukunegara

MARCH 29 — Earlier last week, PAS — which had been a small blip in our current affairs radar given the prominence of Umno, Perkasa, MCA and... READ MORE

The moral zeitgeist we share

MARCH 19 — “The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion” ~ Arthur C Clarke For many Malaysians,... READ MORE

Opposing the Opposition

MARCH 12 — “To be in opposition is not to be a nihilist. And there is no decent or charted way of making a living at it. It is something you are,... READ MORE

When party affiliations don’t matter, personal manifestos should

MARCH 5 — Thanks to s**t stirring MPs like Zul Noordin and “newly independent minds” like Tan Tee Beng, Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim and Fairus... READ MORE