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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.
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.
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!