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Now’s the chance to get it right

A FEW days before the national lockdown was announced, the social media platforms of the Mentri Besar of Selangor posted a question: Is the movement control order (MCO) necessary now?

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A nation of willing executioners?

BACK in September 2006, in my column in the New Straits Times, I wrote on the book Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen.

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All quiet in the kampung

As Malaysians celebrate Hari Raya this week, the balik kampung tradition will have to be given a miss again. However, our thoughts can still carry us home.

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Learning morality from literature

WHAT makes Sophocles’ play Antigone so relevant even today? The old world of Greek kings and gods may sound distant to us.

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Imperial ambitions of tech giants

IN one of the senate hearings in Washington, DC, in April 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked by Senator Dick Durbin where he stayed the night before. Would Zuckerberg be comfortable to share it with him? Zuckerberg understandably said no after a long pause.

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‘Almost an obsession’

TO commemorate Malaysia Day’s 50th anniversary in 2007, Mohd Noor Mat Amin planned something incredible.

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What’s race got to do with it?

The Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be remembered for a long time.

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Don’t worry, be happy

I AM 67-year and 113-day old today. My next birthday will only be in November. I am just in the mood to do some arithmetic, considering there is not much else to do, being “caged” under the movement control order.

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Journalists at the forefront

PRESIDENT Joko Widodo (Jokowi) of Indonesia has promised to allocate 5,000 vaccines as priority for those working in the media.

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When will it end?

No one has the answer when the Covid-19 pandemic will end. The road towards normalcy will take a bit of time.

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Lessons from Trump’s America

INFLAMMATORY rhetoric polari­ses. It draws blood too. We have seen that countless times in the history of humankind.

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Hoping for a better year

After a year of shock, uncertainties and despair, ‘hope’ is the only meaningful word for 2021.

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