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A clarion call from think tanks

AN unprecedented coalition of 22 think tanks have released a statement calling for a clear and coordinated strategy to curb the pandemic.

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Causes of reflection this Raya

Variants of concern during this year’s festive occasion – from pandemic to Palestine and struggles to make the world a safer place to live in.

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Hands off, politicians

It is plain to see that many institutions have been sullied by political interference, beyond what the founders of the country imagined.

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Views evolving over the years

After more than a decade of being a columnist, the writer readily admits a shift to being more pragmatic in accepting public policy possibilities after being too ideological in the past.

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Make changes to achieve success

ONE of my most memorable overseas trips – “missions” they still call it – while working at the World Bank in Washington DC 15 years ago was back home to Malaysia.

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Soldiers on a different front line

IT is always a pleasure to address members of our armed forces, an institution about which many Malaysians have misconceptions.

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Progress through conversation

AS the movement control order eases throughout the country, with promisingly stable reductions in daily Covid-19 cases and much optimism amidst our inoculation drive (apart from anti-vaxxers and sceptics), everyday life is beginning to resemble the “old normal”.

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Beyond political partisanship

AT UKEC’s 4th Malaysian Student Leaders’ Summit (MSLS) in 2010, I spoke on empowering youth and lowering the voting age to 18. That has now been achieved through an Act of Parliament, though apparently some wish to undo that unanimous parliamentary decision.

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Page-turning read on M’sian Justice

I JUST finished reading a remarkable book, written by a former holder of one of Malaysia’s constitutional offices with responsibility in shaping the law. Having served in the legal arena for many decades, he left the role under circumstances that have impacted the evolution of law and politics in our country.

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A new beginning to an era of hope

AS Malaysians know from personally experiencing the 14th general election in May 2018 and the Sheraton Move in February 2020, changes in the executive branch can cause unrestrained euphoria and doleful mourning in equally hyperbolic measure. Supporters proclaim the dawn of a hopeful era; detractors declare the end of the world.

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Emergencies to start the year

THE new year was welcomed by humankind on the smallest scale for any new year’s countdown in generations, judging by images of cities around the world at the stroke of midnight. (It is a personal tradition to watch the London fireworks when I wake up, but this year’s edition was more explosive for its overt political messages than its actual pyrotechnics.)

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Lessons from an imperfect vision 2020

Some of us may be excited about a ‘normal’ 2021 but best to remind ourselves to not squander the sacrifices made and continue to be careful.

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