Healing the sick victims and preventing more from falling ill
EVERY year, when the Auditor-General's Report and Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index are released, they never fail to capture the attention of the public and government. Issues that arise from what is revealed are brought up in Parliament, roundly lamented and then, some sort of task force or integrity unit is set up or policy passed. This is only to be expected; with any report card and highlighting of deficits must come a plan of action for how to improve. Otherwise, what would be the point of the report card?
Sharp intellect can facilitate the country's race to fully developed nation status
Check trustworthiness of agency before giving money
The outpouring of kindness from Malaysians never ceases to amaze
ONE of the advantages or disadvantages (depending on how one looks at it) of living in the Internet world is that it is impossible to live in a nice snug cocoon, isolated from the variety of people who populate the world. With so many platforms upon which people can express themselves, it is hard for the active Internet user to not read what almost everyone thinks. And with connectedness being the raison d'etre of social media, it is not hard to test the six-degrees-of-separation theory. With the exception of those who stay completely offline and go unmentioned by anyone, it is literally impossible to completely hide oneself or one's opinions.
NELSON Mandela, the man who fought apartheid and won, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, has breathed his last and with that, the resulting loss is felt, not only by his nation, but the world over. It was not charisma alone that nurtured an enduring loyalty to him amongst the black South African population; it was his untiring crusade for the cause of the underdog that is behind the present outpouring of grief. After being in a state of perpetual prayer for his recovery since his hospitalisation earlier this month, the country is now in a state of mourning for this irreplaceable icon of peace worldwide. Viewed as a giant, he held no grudges for the prolonged cruelty he suffered during decades of imprisonment and maintained that peace for all was the post-apartheid solution. He was truly deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Umno's transformation must accommodate the new politics of moderation
More effort needed to treat the cancer of corruption
DOMINANCE need not mean either dominating or domineering. This, in sum, is the message the prime minister-cum-Umno president has for Malaysians as he addresses delegates at the party's ongoing annual general assembly. He wants to put through an understanding that Umno is the "people's party", notwithstanding its Malay power base. As Malaysia's leading party, it cannot afford to be parochial if it is to survive. On the other hand, by embracing the nation, it stands to be the beacon that will guide the country's future as it has thus far, together with its Barisan Nasional partners.