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The Bowerbird Writes

To an everlasting friendship

One of the best things in life is to have someone who remains close to you and the family over the decades.

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Lessons from bankrupt Sri Lanka

SRI Lanka’s bankruptcy is a cautionary tale of a nation that goes bust in modern times. It is almost unthinkable any nation could be left with hardly RM7bil in its reserves. It can’t even pay for essential imports. With shortages and soaring inflation, the country is doomed economically.

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Slapping in the name of love

The incident that happened at the Oscars was violence unscripted, unedited and unacceptable.

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So much at stake over conflict

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to a mounting humanitarian crisis and the threat of a nuclear war should not be discounted.

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Transitioning to endemicity

THIS is indeed welcome news. The government has announced that Malaysia is now entering “the transition to endemic” phase of Covid-19 on April 1.

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Need for urgent transformation

WHAT makes a respectable scholar, never known to be controversial, at the age of 79, write an explosive book berating Malay and Muslim politicians for their corrupt practices and hypocrisy?

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History, a lesson we all must heed

“THERE is no present or future, only the past happening over and over again, now.”

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City of Nusantara: legacy or folly?

IT IS either a brilliant move or a foolish one by President Joko Widodo or Jokowi. Naming the new capital of Indonesia, Nusantara, surprised almost everyone. Nusantara is a concept accepted by many as a geographical entity that belongs to the Malay diaspora in South-East Asia. In Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Nusantara as defined by Kamus Dewan is “Kepulauan Melayu” or “gugusan pulau-pulau Melayu” (literally the isles of the Malays).

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The spread of dishonesty bugs

ARE we becoming a nation of cheats and hypocrites, where the corrupt ones are heroes and the bigots and racists hailed as saviours?

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Lessons from the floods

THE floods that inundated many parts of Selangor, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Pahang two weeks ago were reminiscent of what happened in New Orleans, Louisiana in August 2005.

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A critic with a cause

Marina Mahathir’s book The Apple and The Tree is not only a riveting tale told with frankness and honesty but also about the special bond that defines the daughter-father relationship.

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Journey into a knowledge wilderness

IT IS a monumental endeavour - the biggest lexicographical project the country has ever known. It took more than 30 years, starting in 1990, to complete.

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