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Between London and Kuala Lumpur

A nation is built on complex and sometimes painful relationships. The key to unity is sharing hope and healing.

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Feel-good factor is starting to fade

New Malaysia isn’t so new after all if there is little progress in the fight for human rights.

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New Malaysia springs from within us

Regardless of who wins elections, the nation is at its best when the people accept their differences and remain united.

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Keep fighting for the gender quota

There are many qualified women holding state and parliamentary seats, so why do they still make up less than 30% of policymakers?

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There is still much to do for the nation

While Malaysia seems to have pressed a reset button, there still exists the need to shift entrenched mindsets.

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‘Rich’ but malnourished

LOOKING in through the gate of the single-storey terrace house, one would assume that the family living there had enough. After all, the house was in a booming industrial town, far from being rural, and had running water, sanitation and electricity.

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What does it mean to empower women?

A lot more has to be done to break the cycle of gender inequality.

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Helping rape survivors get justice

IN A scene in the fifth episode of Season 6 of the hugely popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, the character Sansa Stark captures the essence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when describing her repeated rape at the hands of her husband, Ramsay Bolton.

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The C Word is also about compassion

Cancer affects everybody but not all the stories are bleak. There’s still room for hope and inspiration.

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Sharing a fractured world

The high-powered annual conversations in Davos could do with more diversity.

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Why Oprah Winfrey matters

OPRAH Winfrey recently made head­lines for her rousing speech upon receiving the Cecille B. DeMille award given by the Hollywood Fo­­reign Press Association for lifetime achievement in the world of entertainment at the 2018 Golden Globes.

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Focus on the policies, not the politics

BEING true to the nerd that I am, I spent my Christmas holidays watching the London production of Hamilton. For those not in the know, Alexander Hamilton was one of America’s founding fathers and was the first American Treasury Secretary (i.e. Finance Minister) responsible for the formation of the modern financial system as we know it. His life story is now told through an award-winning, ethnically inclusive hip hop musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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