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The Bowerbird Writes 28 Sep 2020 | 7:00 AM

The birth of a new political culture?

With what is happening in Malaysia’s political landscape of late, voters have every reason to be sceptical and believe that politicians have only one code of conduct – protecting their own interests.

Focus 27 Sep 2020 | 7:00 AM

Stunting in Indonesia: Winning the battle but losing the war?

ABOUT 27.7% (1 out of 4) Indonesian children under five years of age remain stunted, despite massive efforts by the government. This figure from the Health Ministry’s 2019 Basic Health Survey (Riskedas) indicates an improvement from the 2018 national average of 31.8%. But with a stunting prevalence of 42.6% East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) — one of the archipelago’s most deprived and neglected regions — is perhaps a better gauge of the nation’s success, if not trials and tribulations, in its ongoing battle against this scourge.

Focus 27 Sep 2020 | 7:00 AM

Ten propositions for today’s populist leaders

TODAY, quite a few countries suffer from populist leaders who are tearing their nations apart by dividing people with factional brawls and crippling the economy by spending money unscrupulously to flatter the people. These populist leaders gravely degrade the integrity of their respective nations with indecent words and behavior. Consequently, some populist leaders have made their countries bankrupt already, whether spiritually or financially, and others have seriously damaged the image of their nations. Some of these populist leaders strongly resemble organised crime bosses and others look like pseudo-socialists.