By Arveent Kathirtchelvan A particularly heavy rainstorm on the evening of the 10th of September 2020 left central Kuala Lumpur and parts of Selangor flooded. The shocking scenes of Masjid Jamek being turned into an island surrounded by muddy river and rain water left one wondering where city planning went wrong in the capital of … Continue reading KL floods an indication of things to come
By Arveent Kathirtchelvan Malaysia has a strange relationship with race relations. On the one hand, we sell the image of a multiracial smorgasbord living together to the outside world. On the other, we live in silos and house unhealthy suspicion towards those who are our fellow countrymen but have different skin colours. This has been … Continue reading The Question of Cultural Appropriation
By Arveent Kathirtchelvan Tomorrow will be the dawn of a new May Day, the first (and last, hopefully) to be celebrated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many have pointed out how the nature of work has fundamentally changed due to all of the adaptations businesses had to undertake in handling the pandemic. Pundits alike have coined … Continue reading The New (Capitalistic) Normal
By Arveent Kathirtchelvan The Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating, indeed. Both on the economic and humanitarian fronts, we have seen huge losses, continued paranoia and uncertainties. However, certain unexpected side-effects of the pandemic leave us with stark realisations of how our society functions, the disappointments therein and the solutions to which are now imperative. The … Continue reading Why Do We Need Workers’ Unions?
By Arveent Kathirtchelvan The current predicament facing Malaysian politics is a clear indication that something is seriously wrong with Malaysian society. The bourgeois political system has given birth to 222 parliamentarians who can’t find amongst themselves 112 backing one person to be Prime Minister. This crisis was triggered by a group of parliamentarians within the … Continue reading Politics, Not Politicians, Has to Change
By Arveent Kathirtchelvan Recently, Dr. Mahathir made a few comments on his views regarding the viability of nuclear power for Malaysia. Sadly, Dr. M showcases antiquated ideas regarding a mature technology which has the potential to accelerate deep decarbonisation for the Malaysian electricity mix. As a man of science, it is disappointing, indeed, to see … Continue reading The Nuclear Stigma, Yet Again
By Arveent Kathirtchelvan Nuclear power plants are large, consistent generators of electricity. Throughout the world, their usage has proven to be vital in ensuring energy security whilst lowering carbon emissions significantly. However, the usefulness of these power plants goes further than just electricity generation. These plants can be made the focal points of various applications, … Continue reading Nuclear Solutions
By Arveent Kathirtchelvan With the mythical year of 2020 now a reality, the first of the Pakatan Harapan cabinet of ministers has resigned. Unfortunately, Dr. Maszlee, our now former Education Minister, might not be the one who needed to go. It doesn’t take much to see that, of the entire cabal of ministers we have … Continue reading The Deception of A Cleaner Malaysia
By Arveent Kathirtchelvan A recent letter entitled Nuclear power in Malaysia - a 'yes' or a 'no'? intrigued me and inspired me to write this response. The letter itself was quite a basic run-through of common misbelief with regards to nuclear power, which I have visited before on multiple occasions (here, here and through a … Continue reading Nuclear Power For Malaysia – A Viable Solution
By Arveent Kathirtchelvan Over the past few weeks, the Pakatan Harapan government has shown an increased reliance on neoliberal rhetoric to keep their regime afloat. Unfortunately, this behaviour will only result in more economic contraction, rather than increased prosperity. At this time, there must be a shift in the way we see the economy for … Continue reading What Is To Be Done With The Malaysian Economy?