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Transformation Unplugged 15 Feb 2016 | 12:00 AM

Where are our Usain Bolts?

THE tough global economic environment is not going to do us any favours in 2016, requiring from us instead steely resolve and resilience to rise above and better ourselves.

Analyst Reports 23 Jan 2016 | 12:00 AM

Saying aye to the TPPA

GROWING up within idyllic yet rugged surroundings nestled within mountainous jungles, I knew my adult years would pose different challenges. I knew I had to go out to a different world to pursue vibrant opportunities for both personal and career growth.

Business 23 Nov 2015 | 12:00 AM

Lessons Malaysia can learn from Colombia

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.

Business 09 Nov 2015 | 12:00 AM

Malaysian survey goes viral, 90% want standard of English raised

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.

Business 26 Oct 2015 | 12:00 AM

Like all talk and no action, strategy is useless without implementation

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.

Business 05 Oct 2015 | 12:00 AM

Is 1MDB being unfairly blamed for volatile ringgit and other woes?

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.

Business 21 Sep 2015 | 12:00 AM

Are we pushing Malaysia to the precipice by widening fault lines?

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.

Transformation Unplugged 07 Sep 2015 | 12:00 AM

The journey continues

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 24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 AM

Fixing the politics of money

MY last column on regulating political financing placed me in the direct line of ire of readers and politicians. Salvos were shot through social media and bumping into friends would inevitably lead to robust exchanges.

Business 10 Aug 2015 | 12:00 AM

Malaysians urged to support transformation of political financing

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.