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James Alexander Ritchie

Penan — A 40-year journey of progress

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.—  Harold Wilson, ex-UK prime minister In June 1991, I accompanied then Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Abang Johari Tun Openg to Upper...

Knowledge — the elixir of life

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.—  Confucius, Chinese philosopher Reading and writing can be a recreation and a source of inspiration. Last year alone,...

Hobnobbing with the kings of sport!

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.—  Arnold Palmer, American golf professional If polo is the sport of kings, what is the king of sport? If you think it is soccer then you are wrong. According to...

Being cruel to be kind

I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.—  Roald Dahl, British novelist If you think I am a nice guy, you don’t know me. Ask any of my peers, because...

Learning from ‘Kubit Tiup’

Everyone loves a witch hunt as long as it’s someone else’s witch being hunted.—  Walter Kirn, American novelist It takes a pandemic like Covid-19 to realise that Malaysia is a country divided! While the stay-at-home policy has been implemented to preserve...

Untold stories of Sarawak’s brave Bidayuh

Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.—  Bob Riley, aboriginal activist I’m surprised that Sarawak, with its rich culture, has not been able to honour the Bidayuh in our...

The ballad of Ba Kelalan

Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.— JK Rowling, British author If Frank Sinatra left his heart in San Francisco, I left mine high on a hill at Ba Kelalan.It was at Ba Kelalan that I...

Chronology of an eccentric eco-warrior

Birds are the indicator of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble.— Roger Tory Peterson, American naturalist I have written the last episode of the fascinating life of iconic Swiss environmentalist Bruno Manser. It’s completely...

Long Lamai — role model for nomadic Penan

My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people’s sacred status, regardless of the past.— Steve Irwin, Australian wildlife expert At about 2pm on Hari Raya Haji...

Conquering evil through faith and love

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.— Thomas Aquinas, Italian philosopher What does it profit a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his soul? This statement is particularly true following...

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Penan — A 40-year journey of progress

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