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Upon arrival, I was happy to note that in 25 years Bogota had changed a lot for the better, demonstrating visible signs of progress in the city. This transformation provided a refreshing perspective, allowing also for a better outside-in view of our own journey as a country.
THE red flag has been raised for some time on English proficiency among school students. It has been a “hot button” issue especially for concerned parents and employers and yet, consensus remained elusive.
I MAKE no bones I particularly dislike one word loosely bandied about in corporate speak, and that word is “strategy”. As much as talk is cheap, to some extent, so is strategy.
IN this combative climate, it is difficult for even the stubborn optimist to see a silver lining. The ringgit hitting record lows against the US dollar, a volatile stock exchange reacting to hot money flows, and the downward spiral of energy prices are fodder for worries.
We enter the arena fighting for what we want without fully understanding the eventualities, and in our anger we become even more small-minded and vindictive, pushing our country to the precipice by widening fault lines in society. I am very concerned about this.
DURING my childhood growing up in the Kelabit longhouse, my father – always the teacher – would use the word “ketui” to spur me on. Meaning “burning desire to win”, he did not accept half-measures and lukewarm efforts. He was adamant I embody the burning desire, especially when the going got tough.
Transformation unplugged - By Idris Jala
POLITICAL donations is the current hot topic. Bombarded on a daily basis especially the last few weeks with one sensational revelation after another, the Malaysian news landscape has become a battle zone of politics, politicking and cries of corruption.