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A lesson in democracy

The current generation is much more aware of the fact that people disagree on things, and that there should be mechanisms to resolve differences peacefully.

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A gem of an island

After a turbulent period, Sri Lanka is looking forward to political stability and economic growth.

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Lessons from Cox’s Bazar

DHAKA’S congestion does take some getting used to, but my return earlier this month was even more educational than my trip in March 2023, when I launched the UCSI University Bangladesh campus.

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When states have power to decide

“NOW I know that you in the penins­ula don’t like the Federal Government either!”

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A music-filled Syawal

Raya songs, old and new, are open to reinterpretation and renewal in capturing the mood of one of the most important festivals.

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Concerns over division this Raya

THE open house at the palace in Seri Menanti – or Stano Terbuko – was festive as usual. Thousands of families came from across Negri Sembilan and beyond to enjoy delicacies in the royal capital, and it was especially pleasing to see such diversity among the attendees.

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An eventful Ramadan season

IT’S been a busy Ramadan.

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An assault on the Constitution

HERE’S a hypothetical guide to getting atrocious legislation through Parliament.

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Uphill journey for reforms

Just like cycling on hilly terrain, without determination and extra effort, it is possible to slide back down on the path to change.

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Joyous celebrations for a Ruler

With continued political uncertainty and spotlights on the role of the monarchy, the celebrations of royal birthdays serve to bring people together.

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A muddled affair

NO sooner after social media celebrated the best moments of 2023 and prayed for stability in 2024, the “Dubai Move” emerged: another alleged power grab in Malaysian politics supposedly brewing.

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Remembering the departed

THE Palestinian ambassador, Walid Abu Ali, was present at the Christmas reception hosted by the British High Commissioner, Ailsa Terry, and as the choir sang carols referencing Jerusalem and Bethle­hem, now in Occupied Palestine, the combination of Santa hats and Palestinian keffiyehs worn by certain guests made perfect sense.

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