Guilty of Politics, Guilty of Peace

Guilty Of Politics, Guilty Of Peace

Last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the world, the country’s democratically-elected government imploded. Pakatan Harapan could not hold back from prioritizing their politics, positioning their heir-apparent to take over the seat of Prime Minister. Then-Prime Minister Tun Mahathir lost his calm and tendered his resignation after Dato’ Sri Anwar Ibrahim and his […]

What Muhyiddin’s name change means for our legislature

What Muhyiddin's name change means for our legislature

In April, the Shah Alam High Court ruled in favour of  a Sabahan who was arrested last year for allegedly distributing drugs on a writ of habeas corpus, citing, among other reasons, the fact that the name the minister used to sign the detention order – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin – was invalid.  From […]

The Lessons of the Malayan Emergency

The Lessons of the Malayan Emergency

Today marks the anniversary of Day One of the Malayan Emergency (June 16,1948 -1960). It was an undeclared war won not only on the battlefields, but also through winning hearts and minds of the civilian population. A pertinent lesson to our war efforts against Covid-19. It was early morning on this exact day 73 years […]

Trust Technocrats to Tackle the Crisis

Trust Technocrats to Tackle the Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis that engulfs us today has brought us to expect decision-making that is firm, timely, and based on evidence. The actions that governments choose to take or not to take in this crisis will impact our immediate-, medium- and long-term futures. In preparing for a response, experts all around the world have emerged […]

In Fighting COVID, Information is the Other Vaccine

In Fighting COVID, Information is the Other Vaccine

The shroud of COVID-19 has gotten very dark, casting much distrust, discord, and disarray in this country. The third Movement Control Order is beginning to feel like a series of recurring nightmares, striking fear and anxiety among us and taking lives and livelihoods away. But in this period of turmoil, what could be a light […]

Darkest Hours Of A Peaking Pandemic

Darkest Hours Of A Peaking Pandemic

If the night is darkest just before dawn, it is pitch black right now in Malaysia. Three times we have counted the enactments of the Movement Control Order (MCO). Three times we have paused everything in unity and in purpose to bring precious respite to an overworked healthcare system dealing with one of the worst […]

Being an instrument of peace

Being an instrument of peace

Have you ever felt the weight of an assault rifle on your hands? I have, in my two and a half years in the 31st Artillery Regiment in the Askar Wataniah. It is heavy and hard to hold. Perhaps this was what it had felt like for the many who have fought for our peace. […]

Finding Our Humanity When A Parent Is Found To Be Negligent

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Tragedy can happen to the best of us. And as parents, we can only pray that we would be able to go through our day with our children steering clear from harm, ensuring that they have the space to grow and thrive. But the arch of the law stands alone, administering its weight when tragedy […]

The First Time I Held My Heart in My Hands

How it feels to hold your preterm babies for the first time

Nothing comes close to the profound experience of holding your newborn in your arms for the first time. That first touch. A moment so brief yet so indelible; a memory to be cherished forever. Now picture that and multiply it by two. That was our experience – our twin boys. My husband and I thought […]