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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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Education for a fragmented society

MALAYSIA, with her 39 ethnic groups, is a fragmented society. We live as strangers among ourselves, with the Semenanjung people not knowing and generally not caring to know our brethren in Sabah and Sarawak and vice versa.

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The politics of ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’

It hurts when you’re made to feel like a stranger in your own country.

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When panic disorder hits a nation

PANIC disorder is a debilitating mental health condition that you would not wish on your worst enemy.

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Of doctors without philosophy

Have you read a book recently by a Malaysian scholar that changed the way you think about the world?

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Death of a nation — what it means

IT IS universally accepted that every­­thing has an end. However, there is no broad agreement on what an “end” is and its form or nature.

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A tale of architecture and democracy

When government buildings incorporate elements of representation, accessibility and accountability, people can better appreciate their true role and power in national politics.

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Our country belongs to our children

IN today’s column, I want to talk about a little storybook by Enid Blyton that only now resounds deafeningly in my mind as an important contribution to the idea of nation-building.

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So much education, so little wisdom

Without reading books and thinking independently, we are merely downloading information instead of actually learning.

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A new twist to MPU subjects

TODAY, I wish to propose a twist in the teaching of a category of subjects that some in both public and private universities have dismissed as “unimportant” – the Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum (MPU) or General Studies subjects.

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The virus and the reboot button

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to pause and reconsider our lives. It is a time to figure out how we can do things differently so as to have a better future.

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