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Till very recent times, the gI>oviya/I(padi farmer) was venerated and even described in terms of a king. Ancient folklore about the gI>oviya /I>clad only in his loin cloth and daubed in mud, if taken out of his field and washed, being fit to be placed on a throne, was often recalled particularly by politicians.
While China will remain the prime location for foreign direct investment (FDI) in Asia over the medium term, Malaysia and Thailand are expected to sustain investor interests, said a report issued here Saturday.
Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad will continue to play an active role in local politics as well as the international arena after he retires in November. The Prime Minister said in New York that his role, however, would not include determining policy but in garnering support from the people.
USING its perceived position as a superpower, the United States is bent on not only bringing weak nations to their knees through military might but, given half the chance, the US wants to also cause economic turmoil in these countries, said I>Berita Harian/I>.
From professors to preschoolers, the education community pays tribute to retiring Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed in this I>StarEducation/Ispecial.
Last week, the United Nations convened a dialogue to review the financing situation of developing countries as a follow-up to the Financing for Development Summit of 2002. The findings were sombre. Funds are moving out from developing countries, and their debt and trade conditions have not improved. Only a change in political will can improve matters writes MARTIN KHOR.