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AS the movement control order eases throughout the country, with promisingly stable reductions in daily Covid-19 cases and much optimism amidst our inoculation drive (apart from anti-vaxxers and sceptics), everyday life is beginning to resemble the “old normal”.
AT UKEC’s 4th Malaysian Student Leaders’ Summit (MSLS) in 2010, I spoke on empowering youth and lowering the voting age to 18. That has now been achieved through an Act of Parliament, though apparently some wish to undo that unanimous parliamentary decision.
I JUST finished reading a remarkable book, written by a former holder of one of Malaysia’s constitutional offices with responsibility in shaping the law. Having served in the legal arena for many decades, he left the role under circumstances that have impacted the evolution of law and politics in our country.
AS Malaysians know from personally experiencing the 14th general election in May 2018 and the Sheraton Move in February 2020, changes in the executive branch can cause unrestrained euphoria and doleful mourning in equally hyperbolic measure. Supporters proclaim the dawn of a hopeful era; detractors declare the end of the world.
THE new year was welcomed by humankind on the smallest scale for any new year’s countdown in generations, judging by images of cities around the world at the stroke of midnight. (It is a personal tradition to watch the London fireworks when I wake up, but this year’s edition was more explosive for its overt political messages than its actual pyrotechnics.)