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Ruminations on life over yee sang

Chinese New Year gatherings return to pre-Covid-19 levels and conversation on politics is almost always on the table.

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Happy 75th birthday Papa!

The birthday of a state’s Ruler is celebrated by the rakyat too but for family members, it is an opportunity to rejoice in the individual’s achievements and goals.

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Insights from my travels this year

TRAVEL was a constant refrain this year, with a stream of international events compensating for the lack of travel in 2020 and 2021.

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Reforms vital to move forward

THE appointment of ministers and deputy ministers exposed divisions among supporters of both sides.

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Necessary changes for a better M’sia

It is important to prioritise reforms that will cleanse our body politic of corruption alongside racial and religious hatred.

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Solace amid unpredictability

“A LACK of enthusiasm and an air of unpredictability,” I was going to write, but the final stretch of campaigning ahead of our 15th General Election (GE15) has accelerated precipitously.

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

All institutions need to take heed of what the Federal Constitution asks them to do and the rakyat must know why our institutions exist and what their functions are.

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Placing education above all

MY graduation ceremony – when I received my Bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science – was a simple affair in the Peacock Theatre, where the bigger lectures were held.

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Questions of leadership

TRAVEL throughout September saw aspects of leadership being repeated­ly contemplated.

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Give respect where respect is due

The polemic over condolences for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II is expected but that is no reason to violate diplomatic protocol where paying respects are due.

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In the mood for better things to come

AFTER a rehearsal of some Broadway musical numbers a couple of weeks ago (my aunt persuaded me to observe her new choir), the singers on a whim decided to sing our national anthem before dispersing.

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Our Constitution remains vibrant

DRAMATIC changes between past and present occupants of our country’s highest offices provide an oppor­tunity to evaluate whether our Constitution is working as intended. Over the years, civil society has explored whether those inten­­tions are still appropriate today.

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