OF course, we all know that long trips, no matter how stretched out, are a horrible burden these days, so, forgive me for feeling racked by the process -- around the world in 30 days, surgery in between.
AS the political impasse in Thailand remains, very few countries attract the attention of the world with a mystical king -- King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
COAL is emerging as a major topic of conversation at the United Nations climate change negotiations taking place in Warsaw, and rightly so. Indeed, it is a discussion that the world needs to have.
IT was good to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest with the army brass in Langkawi a few weeks ago. But it was also as interesting to listen to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's pre-luncheon speech at a forum last Monday.
THE recent announcement to increase the electricity tariff is disappointing. It looks as if Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has again taken the easy way out by increasing the rates to cover its costs. Since it is a monopoly, I react with unhappiness whenever TNB announces its annual results in billions of ringgit. My reaction is: "So what?"
IN May, Carolyn McCarthy, a nine-term congresswoman from Long Island, New York, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her treatment began almost immediately, causing her to take a lengthy absence from her office while she fought the disease.
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.
THE Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is concerned with the documentary on Al Jazeera's 101 East programme called The Return of the Lizard King.
MALAYSIANS cannot be unconcerned with the frequent drug hauls at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and other airports involving syndicates attempting to smuggle drugs into the country or using Malaysia as a transit point for the drug trade.
SETTING up the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) is a great move by the government to ensure this country takes care of all citizens.
IN a newspaper report two days ago, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor said: "Depending on the objections by property owners, we will decide on an outcome that is both fair to the government and the people.
NOV 13 this year marks the first anniversary of the demise of my beloved son, Mohd Hakimi Zubair, his wife Leila Sahak and youngest son, Ahmad Farith. Their demise was a great loss to our family and Malaysians in general. It is a divine decree that we have to accept.
"YOU are a fat b@EuroSTG#&!" is a phrase that many of us would not use in front of our friends or elders. But apparently, that sense of respect does not apply in the virtual world.
AN area that should be the focus of delegates at the Umno annual general assembly is the party's handling of social media.
TIME and tide wait for no man, and many have found out the hard way that the luxury of time is at best, fleeting.