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Sincerely, your recalcitrant daughter

THERE is a poem by Rupi Kaur that goes, “how is it so easy for you to be kind to people, he asked. Milk and honey dripped from my lips as I answered. ‘Cause people have not been kind to me.”

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Whither now, Malaysia Baharu?

IT is an Oxford tradition for students to pin a carnation to our sub fusc (academic gown) when sitting for examinations.

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Responsible freedom of expression

I READ with a heavy heart some of the responses to the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire. Barely a month has passed since the Christchurch mosque shootings, where the res­ponse by Kiwis led by Jacinda Ardern was one of compassion, action, and grace; and here I am reading vile, insensitive responses made by the very community of faith shown that compassion.

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Mitigating the mental health crisis

IMAGINE constantly being shown moving images of your mother dying. All the while, a voice in your head berates you for having caused her death.

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Going beyond thoughts and prayers

WOMEN who lead showed us exactly what they are made of this past week. Following the terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch, the world finally saw how committed politics looks like in the form of Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

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Vaccinate the children, please!

IN my past life as a virologist, I gave public lectures to promote the uptake of the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil.

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Looking for Malaysian gender champions

Building a gender-balanced world is not just a task for women. Men must fulfil their responsibilities too so that we all benefit.

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Do you believe in luck?

ACCORDING to my Chinese birth year zodiac, this year is auspicious for me. However, the sceptical part of my brain argues this point with the realism that it would not be possible for a whole year to go by with only good luck.

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Getting our education policy right

From STEM to STREAM, it is the love for knowledge that we need to inculcate.

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Channelling anger to a good cause

PLATO supposedly said, “There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.” Instead of a New Year’s resolution, I have decided to analyse every time I recently was brought to anger and whether I can help in any particular situation.

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Friendships better than unity policies

Instead of focusing on what makes us different, let’s cherish what makes us similar and return to a Malaysia that was more racially tolerant.

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How to treat ‘Malaysian Anxiety’

It starts with a government that takes care of everybody. There’s no place for petty politics. Sustainability, good governance and mindset change are important. And the people must seek the truth and engage with each other.