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Whither the Malay identity

A FAMOUS entertainer, some years before her demise, requested that newspapers and TV stations not use any photos or visuals without her wearing the tudung (hijab). Those were her jahiliah (ignorant) days, she had said. She was not alone. Many Muslim ladies today dread their earlier photos without the tudung to be posted even among family WhatsApp groups.

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Let the voice of reason prevail

MUSLIMS in this country must ask really tough questions on what kind of Islam we are propagating.

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Make farming attractive to youths

MY rubber tapper father had one advice: “Jangan jadi macam ayah (don’t be like me).”

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Digital construct needs rethinking

MOST Malaysians weren’t even aware that their Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp accounts were down from midnight last Monday. When they woke up on Tuesday morning, the social media apps under the Facebook behemoth were largely restored. For more than seven hours, the services were unavailable.

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Time to listen to young people

AT 61, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is the one of the oldest Malaysian prime ministers appointed to office.

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The need for budgetary governance

The Budget tabling next month should be one with a difference, setting the agenda for a country struggling with the pandemic and an economy in the doldrums.

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Afghans face an uncertain future

Many questions remain unanswered for a country known as the ‘graveyard of empires’.

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Size matters when it comes to gold

For Malaysia to win that elusive Olympics medal, we have to get into the mode of winning.

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Recover, we must, from Covid-19

I LIKE the analogy of a football game. When players perform a dismal display during the first half, the coach must make tough decisions. He needs to relook his strategy. More importantly, he must bring in alternative players. He must discard any notion of hurting the feelings of even his best and most expensive players. It is about winning.

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Resetting our political construct

THERE was once a contrarian in Malaysian politics. He carried no baggage nor expectations of any political party unlike his other colleagues in Selangor.

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Game plan to exit pandemic vital

A good strategy comes from a well-coordinated, well-thought out and people-friendly policies, concocted collectively by the best brains in various expertise and disciplines. When there is so much uncertainty, incoherence and despair in the air, the country can’t move far.

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Communication is everything

As the country is still dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, the government needs to rethink how to get its message across to the people.

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