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Finding hope amidst frustration

EVIDENTLY, some readers of this column missed a notice in my byline a month ago, specifying that I would thenceforth appear fortnightly, rather than weekly. As such, I was not, as accused, deliberately avoiding writing about topics on many of my usual readers’ minds last week.

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Everyone must adhere to SOP

ACROSS social media, the level of anger among Malaysians directed towards the political class, seen to be a primary source of recent infections, has been trending.

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Ideas for post-Covid recovery options

But be mindful of risks that can cause far more damage than the pandemic already has.

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Embracing the Rukun Negara

IN Seremban on Aug 31 this year, there were no schoolchildren waving flags, no uniformed officers performing perfectly synchronised salutes, no platoons of rifle-spinning soldiers, no giant Jalur Gemilang held preciously yet tautly by trusted hands, no daredevil acrobatics through fiery hoops by special forces, no fleets of ambulances or fire trucks, no rumbling of PT-91M tanks with their crew turning as their turrets pass the royal dais, no spirited shouts of “kiri, kiri, kiri kanan kiri” from NGO leaders unused to military precision, no flag-bearing daredevils chosen more for their parachuting skills than their interest in vexillology, and no demonstrations of silat or silambam by fearless kids ready to use their skills against a real enemy of the nation.

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Letters on (and of) support

I WROTE a support letter last week.

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A workshop to enhance partnership

“POST-modernisation and new socio-culture” is an inexplicable title for any time of day, let alone at 8am.

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Food for thought and refuge

The humorous and serious dimension of our relationship with food in a Covid-inflicted world.

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Towards healing the nation – still

FIVE years ago I gave a lecture titled “Healing the Malaysian Nation” to several different audiences. Asked coincidentally to deliver a lecture of the same name, I added “2.0” at the end.

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The manner of sacrifice

Our vigilance and normalisation of mask-wearing is especially important given the recent uptick in local transmissions and the declaration of Kuching as a red zone again.

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A renewal of ideas

I SUSPECT it is a rare thing in any organisation for every member of staff, from the CEO to the company driver, to discuss and collectively shape its broad strategy.

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A contemptuous tempest unfolds

A DOMESTIC weekend getaway to rehabilitate constitutions and provide fresh inspiration (incidentally in the parliamentary constituency of the fourth and seventh Prime Minister) unavoidably included much discussion about threats to the national constitution and the aspirations of particular individuals (especially those surrounding the eighth Prime Minister and those vying to be the ninth and 10th).

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Digital Parliament of ideals and hope

Lessons to be learnt from 222 young Malaysians debating on the economy and education.

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