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Death of a nation — what it means

IT IS universally accepted that every­­thing has an end. However, there is no broad agreement on what an “end” is and its form or nature.

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A tale of architecture and democracy

When government buildings incorporate elements of representation, accessibility and accountability, people can better appreciate their true role and power in national politics.

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Our country belongs to our children

IN today’s column, I want to talk about a little storybook by Enid Blyton that only now resounds deafeningly in my mind as an important contribution to the idea of nation-building.

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So much education, so little wisdom

Without reading books and thinking independently, we are merely downloading information instead of actually learning.

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A new twist to MPU subjects

TODAY, I wish to propose a twist in the teaching of a category of subjects that some in both public and private universities have dismissed as “unimportant” – the Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum (MPU) or General Studies subjects.

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The virus and the reboot button

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to pause and reconsider our lives. It is a time to figure out how we can do things differently so as to have a better future.

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The everlasting gift of kindness

More than 1,400 years ago, a woman decided to be kind to an infant despite no promise of a reward. It’s a story whose lesson continues to resonate today.

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Universities and rebuilding of M’sia

Real change cannot come only via the ballot box. Our columnist explains how private universities can be instrumental in shaping a better future for the country.

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A nation at the crossroads

The path to a better future, says our columnist, is based on shared history, economy and spirituality.

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My ‘sixth’ Rukunegara principle

WHEN the Rukunegara was introduced, I was in Standard 3 at St Mark’s Primary School in Butterworth. I remember my teacher calling me up along with two other friends.

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Second chance for education in M’sia

When the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English was introduced in 2003, our columnist didn’t think it was a great move. He now has a different take and he also has suggestions on how to do it better.

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Narrowing Malaysia’s dignity deficit

I WISH to raise the issue of what I term “the dignity deficit” in our society. I have had experiences with this as a university professor and as a civil society member in Malaysia.

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