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Mon, 26 Jul 2021, 4:59 AM
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Dear Thelma: Feeling neglected, hubby is hardly home and doesn't care
Is something bothering you? Do you need a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on?
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Is it time for Singapore to tax property gains?
JULY 25 — Singapore is a very unequal place.
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The power of knowing what you don’t know
AS we wander through the dark Covid tunnel wondering when the next train is going to hit us, our minds also turn to the people who are supposed to stop those trains.
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Dog Talk: Pets in the pandemic
Two years ago, we might have jumped at the thought of spending a few weeks at home with our pets.
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Early detection of prostate cancer is key to successful treatment
Dear Dr G, I am a reasonably healthy chap who went for a routine Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test a few months ago.
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Citizens, be vigilant!
A TRULY civilised society can only come about if the citizenry understand that a few things must exist before that can happen.
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A dose of errors
AS unbelievable as this sounds, many of us are now in the unenviable position of wondering if our vaccination wasn’t merely blank shots, which reports have intimated.
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We’re winning the vaccination game
EVEN before the Olympics began in Tokyo on Friday, Malaysia won big time on the global stage: our vaccination rate was among the fastest in the world.
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What can we expect in Parliament?
ON Friday, I obsessively clicked on the official portal of the Parliament of Malaysia online to check the MPs’ seating at tomorrow’s five-day special sitting.
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Can’t live in denial anymore
HUMAN beings are not particularly well designed to cope with trauma and crises.
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Bossku: Umno’s biggest influencer
THERE must have been a rush of old, familiar feelings when Datuk Seri Najib Razak stepped into the office of the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) on Wednesday (July 21).
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Netflix’s ‘Fear Street’ trilogy — A horror event well worth catching
JULY 24 — Horror began life as (and probably still is) a less than respectable genre, associated too much with mindless scares, gore and violence that even normally perceptive film critics tend to m...
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Keep your anger in check
WHILE we Malaysians are often known to be a kind, welcoming and generous lot, the pandemic has also brought out the worst in some of us.
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Curious Cook: Ageing and appetites
Statistically, an ageing population may be regarded as a global pandemic hiding in full view.
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The lighter side of Hideki Matsuyama
July 23 — Behind the trademark wraparound shades, Hideki Matsuyama portrays himself as a man of mystery and of few words.
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Should MPs second guess if debates would be allowed when questions cannot be debated? ― Hafiz Hassan
JULY 23 ― The Parliamentary Business of the Special Meeting of the Third Session Of Fourteenth Parliament 2021 ― that is, the Agenda ― as published on the Official Portal of Parliament of Malays...
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Cautious optimism for Tokyo 2020
WHAT’S your favourite Olympic moment?
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How to stop millennials from beating up Malaysian politicians
July 22 — They are relentless, they truly are.
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Only vaccines will save us
JULY 21 — I thought things were bad enough when Malaysia Chinese were spurning other vaccines for Sinovac, believing it was their only guarantee they could gain hassle-free entry into China.
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A black market amid the pandemic
AS at July 19, 7,148 Covid-19 patients in Malaysia have succumbed to the virus while the number of infections does not seem to be coming down to pre-Emergency levels.
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Crying out for fairer terms
HEALTH professionals are in the news this month not for Covid-19 reasons, but for their employment contracts.
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Why is it so difficult for people to ask for help?
Our lives are so much more convenient compared with the lives of our ancestors that it’s easy to believe we make it all on our own.
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Is there really a 'best' Covid-19 vaccine?
There is extensive community spread of Covid-19. Despite the Emergency and the movement control order, Malaysia continues to climb the global Covid-19 league.
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What does independence mean to you?
For this columnist, the nation’s independence is our own personal and individual independence and independent responsibility.
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Time for an institute of legal education? — Hafiz Hassan
JULY 19 — I refer to J Philips’ ‘Law graduates in limbo’.  The Legal Profession Qualifying Board (LPQB) is a statutory body established under the Legal Profession Act 1976 (Act 166).
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How to make the Daiquiri, Mojito, and other rum cocktails at home
Today is Daiquiri Day, so it's time to whip out that cocktail shaker and some limes to make this sweet and sour classic rum cocktail!
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Resetting our political construct
THERE was once a contrarian in Malaysian politics.
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Quest for a missing child
WITH very little cash and carrying a small bag, a farmer embarked on a journey in search of his missing son.
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Law graduates in limbo — J Philips
JULY 18 — The Legal Profession Qualifying Board (LPQB) released a statement yesterday (17 July 2021) that, due to the uncertainty and unpredictability of the current pandemic, the LPQB had decided t...
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Asking the right questions about workplace related Covid-19 outbreaks — Nirmala Bhoo-pathy and Victor Hoe
JULY 18 — Of late, workplace related Covid-19 outbreaks have sparked a media frenzy in Malaysia, both in mainstream media as well as social media.
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China Zhifei’s Covid shot largely retains effect against Delta variant
BEIJING, July 17 — A Covid-19 vaccine developed by a unit of China’s Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products largely retained its neutralising effect against the Delta variant but there was a slight ...
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Dear Thelma: Still caught in the middle of parents' fights after 30 years
Is something bothering you? Do you need a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on?
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Singapore gets a new rap
JULY 18 — I like rap. I always have.
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Battle of the bulges
Dear Dr. G, I am 30 years old with a pregnant wife and am looking forward to life as a parent.
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Why is Xi not in a hurry to meet Biden?
THE United States is the most powerful country on earth.
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Satisfaction guaranteed
IT’S unfortunately a job hazard, and par for the course.
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Trust the vaccine, trust the data
THIS week, we saw the Covid-19 numbers in five digits.
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The shadow play goes on
LAST week’s political power play in Kuala Lumpur reminds Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Ghouse Nasuruddin of a dalang tua (puppet master) and Wak Long (a puppet clown) in a wayang kulit (shadow play...
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Senior citizens unable to get Covid-19 vaccination — Disappointed Malaysian
JULY 17 — I would like to highlight a group of people who appear to have been overlooked in the national covid-19 immunisation campaign: those of us who registered for the Astrazeneca vaccine, and t...
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Malaysia should ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court — A G Kalidas
JULY 17 — International Justice Day — which is observed on 17 July annually — marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute on July 17, 1998.
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New DPM walking on a tightrope
DATUK Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is still being congratulated wherever he goes.
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Take a trip into some rural horror comedies with 'Werewolves Within' and 'Boys From County Hell'
JULY 17 ― Out of the many comedy subgenres available out there, there are two that I always find irresistible, especially when it comes to taking a chance on new and relatively under-the-radar movie...
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Federal Court has advisory jurisdiction and is the ultimate advisor — Hafiz Hassan
JULY 17 — Media reports which raised views that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (the King) should accept his own legal advice through bodies such as the Privy Council is intriguing.
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On police investigating Code Black and Black Monday campaigns — A G Kalidas
JULY 16 — The Malaysian Bar is perturbed by the recent actions of the Royal Malaysia Police (“PDRM”) in investigating some doctors and healthcare workers involved in the Code Black and Black Mon...
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Should politicians be involved in the advocacy of Ivermectin use on Covid-19? — Moy Foong Ming
JULY 16 — This is the second time I am writing on the advocacy of Ivermectin use for the prevention and treatment of Covid-19. The proponents are now trying to influence the ADUN and members of Parl...
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Walking backwards offers more benefits than walking forwards
Last month (June 2021), I wrote about how it is not strictly necessary to walk 10,000 steps a day for better health.
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Power to close factories — do the local authorities have it? — Hafiz Hassan
JULY 16 — I stand corrected where I got it wrong in “Power to close factories — does it lie with the state or federal govt?” Environmental health officers (EHO) of a local authority are now au...
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The precarious road to success
FAILURES certainly exist in our country.
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