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Need for the great unboxing

Only when we realise that our minds are trapped in narrow boxes of half truths and untruths can we step out and truly appreciate all creations.

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A loving tribute to Enid Blyton

I PROMISED myself that, one day, I would write a personal tribute to my all-time favourite author, Enid Blyton (1897-1968). This British writer shaped my values and soul at an early age, and much of who I am and what I stand for presently, I attribute to her influence.

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Telling tales to rebuild Malaysia

What better way to promote harmony among the country’s myriad races and cultures than by sharing each other’s lives through stories?

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Rethink religious education

How we teach religion should tear down differences, not build walls that encourage extremism.

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How I learned to ‘waste’ my time

THERE have been several important turning points in my life. One took place between 2006 and 2011 when I suffered from a severe mental health issue diagnosed as panic disorder, anxiety disorder and agoraphobia. The first year that I struggled with this crisis almost ended my career as an academic and public intellectual.

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A great Malaysian tragedy

What does it say about a nation when it fails its most vulnerable people?

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Walking the talk of a M’sian Family

DURING his maiden address to the nation on Aug 22, Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob introduced his idea of the “Malaysian Family”. I agree 100% with his words, that we are all a Malaysian Family and thus must help each other, trust one another and work together to save and rebuild this nation. What an apt call in these trying times of Covid-19 and great economic duress!

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Reset and ‘Ready Citizen One!’

WHEN I sat in the cinema in Balakong, Selangor, to watch the film Ready Player One in 2018, I knew I was about to embark on an unforgettable, fantastical experiential journey that would have massive implications for what we call reality.

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When the car ignores the driver

Why is a group of young people expressing their opinion about what’s happening in the country a threat?

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What does independence mean to you?

For this columnist, the nation’s independence is our own personal and individual independence and independent responsibility.

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Whither the value of academia?

When a professor’s work is reduced to KPI numbers and ringgit and sen, can it really contribute to society?

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Putting kids in the shade

Seasonal affective disorder, when people don’t get enough sun during winter and become depressed, is actually a thing. Here, we get so much sunlight, yet we’re not making sure our kids get enough of it.

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