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Thu, 6 May 2021, 7:43 PM
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Reforming our political funding culture to be more transparent — Jason Loh
MAY 6 — In Malaysia, our political and, by extension and inclusion, economic system has been largely driven by and over-reliant on patronage, especially in the form of “money politics” (within t...
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How having flat feet can affect you
Ever since I was a child, I’ve always had flat feet.
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When MCO means 'must come office'
MAY 6 — So MCO 3.0 (for Selangor) is here.
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Reflections on the AstraZeneca opt-in exercise
The decision of the authorities to make the AstraZeneca vaccine a voluntary opt-in option for individuals living in the Klang Valley has proven to be an interesting phenomenon.
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Bersatu’s post-Muhyiddin power vacuum riddle
MAY 6 — The moment Bersatu launched in 2016, the countdown began.
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Democracy should include youth
It does not make sense that in a society with the age of majority and right to be elected to Parliament at 18, a person is regarded as unfit to cast a vote.
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What’s the science and data for the rule of 15, 20 and 25? — Hafiz Hassan
MAY 5 — On December 22 last year, with Christmas and New Year holidays approaching, South Korea's capital Seoul and its surrounding areas banned gatherings of more than four people (rule of 4) as th...
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Is the first come first served vaccine rollout scientifically and ethically right? — Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
MAY 5 — This narrative may not go down very well with the many young Malaysians who have successfully secured their AstraZeneca-University Oxford (AZ) doses.
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The paradox of young leaders ― Muhammad Ammir Haron
MAY 5 ― George Orwell said it true; “Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” Herein lies the proble...
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Don’t we have anything better than questionable MCO? ― Center for Market Education
MAY 5 ― Six districts in Selangor will go under the movement control order (MCO) effective May 6 until May 17.
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Watch out for us, Gen #Undi18! ― Lim Chee Kin
MAY 5 ― Recently, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan has confirmed that those between 18 and 20 years old will be allowed to vote.
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Pandemic or climate change, government has a crucial role to play
LONDON (May 4): It’s an oft-repeated warning that poor countries will suffer more from climate change than rich countries.
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The trap of the ‘middle-income trap’—Paolo Casadio and Geoffrey Williams
MAY 4 — The problem of the so-called “middle-income trap,” which has kept Malaysia among the upper-middle-income countries for many years despite growing faster than most of the high-income coun...
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Building a fairer and healthier world for migrants — Alia Daniella Abdul Halim, Moy Foong Ming and Noran Naqiah Hairi
MAY 4 — The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly undermined recent health advances, driven more people into poverty and food insecurity, as well as amplified health inequities.
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Has the AGC given free licence to insult non-Islamic faiths? A dangerous stand to take! — P. Ramakrishnan
MAY 4 — Malaysians are taken aback with disbelief to learn that the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has no plans to prosecute two Muslim converts for allegedly insulting non-Islamic faiths.
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Teaching children about mental health in school
Last month (April 2021), The New York Times published an article titled How to spot depression in young children.
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Frankly Speaking: RM5 bil vaccination programme needs more clarity
As expected, what caught the eye of most when the detailed breakdown of where the RM5 billion for the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme would go was the sum of RM347 million allocated for “g...
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Timely reminder by law minister — Hafiz Hassan
MAY 3 — De facto Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan has spoken: the law is clear on the matter of police appointments, where Article 140 of the Federal Constitution states the Police Force Commission (P...
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Fasting during the Covid-19 pandemic
Fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan represents one of the five pillars of Islam.
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Frankly Speaking: A steady hand on the tiller wanted
Companies often get new CEOs. In fact, employees at Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) and Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) have been experiencing this transition so rapidly over the past five years that ...
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Sunny Side Up: From languishing to flourishing in life
In mental health there is a spectrum that runs from depression to flourishing.
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Cracks in chicken egg experiment
CAN a chicken hatch from hardboiled eggs?
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Police, political interference and how it led to the police force being estranged from society — Karen Cheah Yee Lynn
MAY 2 — Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador’s recent call that the Police Force Commission (SPP) should not be chaired by a ‘Minister’ to prevent any political interference is a timely one.
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Winner takes all in Johor DAP
IT is possible that Senator Liew Chin Tong is the happiest man in Johor after the state DAP polls on Sunday (May 2).
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Custodial deaths are most reprehensible — Hafiz Hassan
MAY 2 — In the light of the tragic death of A. Ganapathy who died while having treatment at Selayang Hospital after he was sent there from police custody, let’s recall what a Federal Court Judge s...
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Prime Minister, stop political patronage in the police force — William Leong Jee Keen
MAY 2 — Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin must take immediate action to stamp out political patronage being practised in the appointment, promotion and transfer of senior police officers.
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Can PAS be the agent of unity? — Muhammad Fairuz Azmi
MAY 2 — This probably sounds so unrealistic to many.
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Dear Thelma: Daughter cut ties after I stopped her relationship
Is something bothering you? Do you need a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on?
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Being Human: Executive pay will be linked to climate goals in a new normal
“Climate change is evidently rising rapidly on corporate agendas, giving hope that we could take timely action to avoid the worst effects of a warming world.” As we approach the tipping points of ...
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Of hair loss and male libido
Dear Dr. G, I am a man in my mid-thirties and at the peak of my career and personal life.
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From religion to public health: focus on purpose and trust
“Mom, why do you wear a tudung?” my 7.5-year-old asked as we sat on a Melbourne city tram.
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Covid-19 strikes back
MAY 2 — Just when you thought it had been defeated.
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Covid-19, beyond numbers
MAY 2 — We lost a Covid-19 patient in her mid-seventies recently.
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Wise up at lunch with LWC
LEVEL 9 of Top Glove Tower in Shah Alam houses a special VIP dining room, equipped with a large wall-mounted computer screen, where Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai (LWC) normally takes lunch with his key seni...
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Will Malaysia become like India?
WE’VE all seen the horror story unfolding in India.
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Press freedom in the digital age
TOMORROW IS World Press Freedom Day (WPFD). It is a day which we Malaysians must remember and pay tribute to those news media and media practitioners for reporting the truth.
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Do not stay silent about rape culture
A TEENAGER who dared to expose rape culture in her school dominated news feeds, both mainstream and social media, this past week.
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‘Keroyok’ politics in GE15
SOME political analysts argue that Sabah politics is different from Peninsular Malaysia’s. They point to the demographics of the two territories.
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Smooth criminals
THE most highly publicised crimes these days are not robberies or murders but money laundering, scams, tender rigging, corruption and financial manipulation.
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Top Glove rides storms with confidence
TOP GLOVE Corporation Bhd, the world’s largest rubber glove manufacturer, had been on top of the world for months last year after the unexpected deadly Covid-19 pandemic catapulted the company’s e...
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Regarding housing — Badrul Hisham Ismail
MAY 1 — I was attending a conference on the housing crisis in New York City a few years back, and one of the mantras during the event was that when it comes to the housing crisis, there is a clear e...
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Fence sitters on the rise
THE premiership has not been a bed of roses for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
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Growing Champions: Scaling up and enabling climate finance in Malaysia
“Climate finance across debt and equity capital markets, syndicated and bilateral lending, project finance, structured products, derivatives and securities finance represents an estimated global rev...
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Thanks to Spotify, the music is stopping for Apple
(April 30): Has Apple Inc. exploited its dominance to squeeze out rivals?
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Empower teachers to teach sexuality education ― Rebecca Lee Pei Ern and Khor Swee Kheng
APRIL 30 ― In the past week, a teacher received public backlash for allegedly making rape jokes while explaining sexual harassment.
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Welfare offices must be more conscientious ― Ravindran Raman Kutty
APRIL 30 ― My dear friend, who is in his late sixties, was hit with a tragedy when he went for a major heart operation, resulting in two stents.
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The Archbishop and the boiling of frogs
LET'S start with a summary of a recent controversy: A recording started making the rounds, featuring the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Julian Leow Beng Kim (pic), giving a speech at an undetermined ev...
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Still too close for comfort
WE have only ourselves to blame.
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The pandemic and our false sense of safety — Stephen Ng
APRIL 29 — The number of Covid-19 cases have shot up to 3,332 cases today, with over a thousand cases reported in the state of Selangor alone.
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MySay: Critical need for realignment of demand and supply of labour
There is growing concern in the recent Malaysian labour market debate on the structural issues relating to low wage levels, the incidence of educational mismatch among graduates and over-reliance on f...
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Labour waits for leadership
APRIL 29 — It’s 3am in the morning, it’s when my father gets home.
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DAP ‘wonder boy’ struggling in Johor?
THE mercury is rising in the Johor DAP election, and the political mood has been hot enough to bring party elder Lim Kit Siang to go all over Johor last weekend.
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Ideas on Business and Economy: Better ways of teaching through online videos ...
“We accepted books when they were introduced.
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Of vertigo and the unpredictability of the human condition
APRIL 28 — Talking to a friend one night, she asked me: "What do you want?" I did not really have an answer and told her I would sleep on it.
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Something is wrong when traders are issued with compounds of RM50,000 ― Hafiz Hassan
APRIL 28 ― Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
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Toxic move radiates outrage
Japan’s plan to dump radioactive wastewater has fuelled anger among its neighbours, environmental groups and people in the Pacific Islands.
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Swiss cheese model explains why multiple measures needed to fight Covid-19
There is no single measure that is 100% effective in preventing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19. Measures other than vaccination are needed against Covid-19. The Swiss chee...
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Alternative Views: Tapping KWAN can disrupt the government debt market ecosystem
Not many knew of the existence of the National Trust Fund (KWAN) until the government — using its emergency powers — decided to tap into it to procure Covid-19 vaccines and meet any other related ...
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When a building is not just a building
Razing our built heritage would wipe out the memory of who we are and what we contributed to the building of a nation.
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