Along The Watchtower
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THERE’S an apt idiom for our seemingly never-ending battle against Covid-19, especially on infections spreading among foreign workers: A stitch in time saves nine. It means it is better to fix a problem when it is small instead of waiting until it becomes a much bigger issue.
IT’S been a week since the United States’ presidential election and all the major media networks have named Democrat Joe Biden as the winner, claiming he had won 290 electoral votes against incumbent Donald Trump’s 214. But as the popular saying in the country goes, the fat lady is yet to sing.
COMPARED with their counterparts in Thailand, youth in Malaysia are still a long way from playing a meaningful role in pushing for better democracy and governance. The few young MPs we have are part of the stultifying political order, which has remained largely unchanged.
FROM the Industrial Relations Act to problems at the workplace brought about by Covid-19, the country’s two main bodies representing bosses and workers have a history of being at loggerheads. But for once, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) and Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) are seeing eye to eye, united by their vehement opposition to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
THERE was a time in the not-too-distant past when the people’s trust in our police force was unshakeable. The mere presence of the “mata-mata” evoked fear among crooks.For a few decades after independence, there was no doubting the people’s confidence in the police. Above its vital role in maintaining order, the commitment of the police to uphold the rule of law was unquestioned.