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Missing – our society-changing books

TODAY, I wish to take to task both public and private universities on the issue of writing and publishing books.

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To help an ‘other’ is the real recipe for change

Just focus on helping one person a year, and the country will right itself in the most meaningful way possible.

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A nation 'Becoming': How reading can make us better

While reading Michelle Obama's autobiography, 'Becoming', our columnist recalls how reading books has helped him look beyond his own life and see things from other perspectives.

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Searching for a needle in a haystack

IN the final days leading up to the new year, I was asked, along with several other professors, to interview 24 candidates to be chosen for an award and also to be named valedictorian.

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Insensitive words of Kedah MB may be interpreted as unprofessional conduct

THE rude and insensitive rantings of Kedah Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor may be seen as the incompetent and unprofessional conduct of one person, or an example of the future of Malaysia under Perikatan Nasional and the so-called ‘Islamic’ party, PAS.

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Making do in PPR flats

LAST week, a social activist who is a close friend of mine asked me to accompany him for a visit to the PPR (People’s Housing Project) flats owned by City Hall Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) in Sri Pantai. He wanted to show me the condition of the flats and how the B40 tenants there live.

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Over the Top: Our baggage of history

What narratives of the past do we carry with us that will shape our lives in the present and into the future?

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Emphasising arts to save our future

IN today’s column I will attempt to argue that one way we can support nationhood is to reposition the arts as what they truly are: an endeavour of self-discovery, experience and cultural sharing, and a road towards intuitive creation.

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This is a time for faith

I WAS exchanging WhatsApp messages in the middle of the night with my pastor friend, conversing about the political, economic and health challenges Malaysia is facing.

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An education towards... ignorance?

FRANKLY speaking, I am worried. I have been watching the goings on in this country intently and I have come to two worrying conclusions.

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The story of a son of Malaysia

ON the eve of the historic date marking the formation of Malaysia, I want to share the story of a man who, to me, was a quintessential example of that generation of Malaysians who grew up before Sept 16,1963.

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