Friday, April 16, 2021

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All are free to contest, go for it

Politicians never keep all their promises. – Michael Moore, American filmmaker It was Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who established Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chapters in Sabah and Sarawak in 2019. Mahathir was the powerful Bersatu chairman then. Here was a...

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The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of...

Make efforts to understand us!

Federalism should be able to maintain unity among all. But this does not mean that we should boycott regional voices and the voices of ethnic groups. – Khil Raj Regmi, former prime minister of Nepal Every time a Malaysian prime...

Start planning ahead

A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door. – Confucius, Chinese philosopher My younger sister will lose her job in a hotel at the end of May this year. She has been working as...

Canine culture

When a dog looks at you, you know he is not judging you. – Eckhart Tolle, Canadian spiritual teacher It was in the 1930s that the dog-eat-dog world surfaced in defiance of the Latin aphorism canis caninam non est (dog...

Life of an orangutan casanova

More than a year has passed since my namesake, Ritchie the orangutan alpha male, disappeared from the 653ha Semenggoh Wildlife Centre forest. I have done my own investigations to find out what happened because several years ago, he fell from...

Pranks, here, there and everywhere

I hope life isn’t a big joke, because I don’t get it. – Jack Handey, American humourist Beware the day of pranks — a reminder of the soothsayer’s warning to Julius Caesar to beware the Ides of March in 44...

Vincent Tan, take care of the homeless

Housing is absolutely essential to human flourishing. Without stable shelter, it all falls apart. – Matthew Desmond, American sociologist The rich giving to the poor — that’s a normal act of kindness and charity and the right thing to do....

Holding back democracy

Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them, again and again, and if those priorities begin to show up in the polls.– Wall Street Journal columnist “Mana undi kami?” (“Where is our vote?”) This was the question...

Hey! Go pick up a book!

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.  – George R. R. Martin, American novelist What did 16th century English philosopher and statesman Sir Francis who served as Lord Chancellor of...

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An unforgettable jungle jaunt

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.— John Muir, mountaineer In 1993, I travelled...