I WAS in the city of Ponorogo in East Java in February this year. Ponorogo is famous for its culture and tradition. People from that part of Java have migrated to Peninsular Malaysia, with many settling in Johor and Perak.
Often, we confuse the way we are used to doing things with who we are. … Although difficult to undergo, the MCO became a much-needed hiatus from the ways we were used to doing things, a chance to break free from accepted ways of thinking.
The ‘unity’ asserted by our motto was a homage to federalism. Today, it also applies to unity across diverse communities in Malaysia. It is ironic then that our coat of arms has become a lightning rod of division.
MONDAY marked my first anniversary as a retiree. I can hardly believe 12 months flew by so quickly.I blithely wrote about the start of this new chapter in my July 17, 2019, column titled My life as I never knew it.