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New year and an air of sorrow

Two Chinese New Years saw two sad events, with the passing of sports legends. But the greater sadness was the forgetfulness of Malaysians.

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It’s the Year of the Pup – and hope

Life’s a bitch. These are heartbreaking times, with so many sad stories around us. However, as the Year of the Dog prances in, we can focus on the positive and see what we can do to help make things better.

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A day of clouds, contrasts and conflicts

WHAT a Wednesday! Okay, what a rotten Wednesday.

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Telling the story – the true story

At the base of the National Monument is an inscription: ‘To Our Glorious Dead and the Emergency’. It honours the people – of many races and many nationalities – who died fighting for this nation.

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Life is usually not so black and white

I HAD a really enlightening moment a few days ago. I was at a restaurant waiting for my fried rice “bungkus” when this vaguely familiar man waved to me. I waved back and smiled.

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Let kids be kids, for their sakes

Those As are important. But they are not everything. What we need is wholesome education for all.

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English medium is no small matter

The Ruler of Johor is advocating the return of English-medium schools. It’s a call that should be heeded.

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Huge clean-up needed in Penang

It could have been a freak of nature, a climate change factor or just plain human greed and bad planning. Whatever the reason, hard questions need to be asked.

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A deeper meaning to a festival

It’s a good time to be Indian as Deepavali looms. The goodies are forthcoming but that is not what’s really important. What we really need is to embrace the spirit of Deepavali, to let light win over darkness, to let the good in us vanquish the divisive evil.

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A need for more reason along with our religion

IT was Sunday. And I was with a bunch of friends when the sirens blared. A police patrol car went whizzing past, chasing down a mat rempit. Then, it fell silent.

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Even with medals, not all that glitters is gold

A year ago today, Malaysia won a bronze at the Paralympics – its fourth medal – in Brazil. And the athletes who won were all rewarded. For one gold medallist in Rio, though, the gold medal and rewards may have led to his own undoing.

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Spirit of Malaysia in an eventful week

From a walk for unity and the SEA Games leading up to National Day, the real Malaysia was on show in all its glory and glaring misgivings.

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