Invest in home-based childcare

Invest in home-based childcare

Access to quality pre-school childcare can play an important role in a child’s development. Quality childcare can provide children with opportunities to learn, develop social skills and build self-esteem. It can also support parents in their parenting role and help build a strong parent-child relationship. Motherhood begins with much hope and anticipation, but for many […]

#EmbraceEquity: Celebrate Our Differences as A Source of Strength

International Women's Day 2023 #EmbraceEquity

As a woman, I find myself increasingly frustrated by the polarisation and victimhood that seems to be pervasive in our society today. While I appreciate the intentions behind movements like “Lean In” and “Me Too”, I cannot fully get behind them. It is not that I do not believe in the importance of empowering women […]

How Populist Policies Might Jeopardize Women’s Career Opportunities

How Populist Policies Might Jeopardize Women's Career Opportunities

Childbirth is one of the most psychologically and physically demanding human experiences, and the postpartum period is often associated with reduced vitality, increased vulnerability, anxiety, depression and trauma. Caring for a newborn is no walk in the park either. As a mother of two adorable twin boys, I cannot imagine giving up the opportunity to […]

Playing by the Rule of Law

separation of power

In the final days leading to Dato’ Sri Najib Razak’s final appeal against his conviction and sentence in the Federal Court, two schools of thought divided the country. One was convinced that “justice delayed is justice denied”, while the other reasoned “justice hurried is justice buried”. When controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin posted a leaked […]

Unfathomable Attitude towards the Protection of the Nation’s Sovereignty

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It’s utterly baffling. It boggles the mind that when our fellow Malaysians in Sabah are exposed to the dangers of foreign imperialism — when Malaysia’s very sovereignty is under threat — there are still those who would rather waste time arguing over: “Ni salah Najib ke, salah Tommy?” To begin, I would like to address those […]

Rebirth of maternity rules – but why abort S44A?

The law has changed for soon-to-be mothers. Maternity leave has been increased to 98 days, up from 60 days previously. Once gazetted, the amendments to the Employment Act 1955 as passed by the Dewan Rakyat on March 21st 2022 will have full effect of the law. Regrettably, this well-intended renaissance of maternity rules is not […]

Security firms are categorically responsible for conducting background checks on school personnel

Security firms are categorically responsible for conducting background checks on school personnel

The system in place to prevent sexual criminals and those who endanger children from acquiring jobs in schools has significant flaws, as evidenced by a recent case of suspected murder and arson by a school guard in Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras. In the aftermath of the brutal rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl in […]

#BreakTheBias: When women are given opportunities, the world benefits.

When women are given opportunities, the world benefits.

Doctor Özlem Türeci. Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert. Doctor Kizzmekia Corbett. Three female scientists from Germany, the UK and the U.S. Three extraordinary women who swiftly led their teams to produce the first three coronavirus vaccines.. BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca. Despite this, many of us have never heard these names. Most are unaware that the vaccines […]

Denying the natural rights of a mother is not compatible with any religion

Denying the natural rights of a mother is not compatible with any religion

Today, the Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed Madam Loh Siew Hong’s habeas corpus application to compel the immediate release of her three children who were unilaterally converted by her ex-husband, from the Perlis Welfare Department. What is so startling about this case is the fact that Madam Loh was compelled to apply for habeas corpus […]

Deadly Floods: Seven questions we want answered in Parliament

Deadly Floods: Seven questions we want answered in Parliament

2021 ended with a splash. Weeks ago, a freakish rainstorm caused devastating floodings across eight states in Malaysia, leaving areas submerged for days and costing the nation RM1.4 billion in infrastructure damage.  Homes were destroyed, roads and highways cut off, and businesses suffered insurmountable losses. Unofficial accounts predicted economic losses could amount to an eye-watering […]