IN of our history as an independent country, with the exception of the May 13, 1969, political upheaval, Malaysia has not known much by way of a real crisis with an international dimension.
A CHANCE meeting with a friend, Dr Rawindran Nair, who is residing in United Kingdom and teaching maritime economics and law at Cardiff University, gave me this idea on the importance of advancing our interest in the teaching and researching in our maritime resources.
THERE are now millions of university graduates in Malaysia and the number is growing. It is assumed that university graduates have ideas and know what is going on around them and in the world.
PRIME Minister Manmohan Singh, now in the twilight of his tenure and 81, has been subjected to book-bashing. In less than a week, "disclosures" by two former aides that have been whispered for long anyway, have hurt his image.
LET'S talk about something cheerful. I nominate the apocalypse. You may not have noticed, but we survived an end-of-the-world moment again this week when a lunar eclipse made the moon look sort of reddish. This is known as a Blood Moon, and, in certain circles, it was seen as the start of something big.
FOOTBALL, or also known as soccer, is the sports with the largest following in the world and it best manifests the phenomenon of globalisation. More than in any other experience, football has shown itself capable of melting national borders down as supporters from all over the world follow specific teams, whether clubs or national. The approaching World Cup competition, to be staged in Brazil some couple of months away, is the best example of how meaningless national borders can become despite the teams themselves representing specific nations. Brazil, arguably the most popular team in the world, is again a hot favourite to take the Cup for the fifth time. The Brazilian footballers, too, can claim to have set the standards of skill in the game to turn it into what it is today. The legendary Pele, who later became a national politician, but with an international following as a footballer, was credited with the banana kick that sent a football on a curved path to bypass a wall of opponents and then to land spectacularly in the net.
WHEN Lord Denning passed away at 100, the Commonwealth world grieved, but shared the joy of his justice legacy: to uphold justice without fear and favour. England lost a pioneering figurehead in judicial activism.
I WOKE up yesterday morning to read that Karpal Singh had died in an accident, bringing an end to a life who had given so much to the nation, not only in the political arena, but also in the courts of law, where he argued and saved many from the gallows.
THE sudden demise of Karpal Singh is a sad day for the nation.
IREFER to Dr Ahmad Ibrahim's article "Rethink cutback in R&D funds for varsities" (NST, April 7). I agree with him about ensuring enough money for varsities to conduct research, as this is a form of long-term investment for all institutions of higher learning. Research and development is what makes these institutions different from schools.
IT'S interesting to read articles pertaining to our lifestyle. We eat too much and for some, non-stop. It's live to eat and not eat to live. Overeating is not good for health. We are what we eat and how we eat.
NO amount of words will ease the sorrow of the family, relatives and friends of Karpal Singh who died yesterday.
UNDERSTANDABLY, given the ongoing search for the missing MH370, the issue of custody of its black box, we are told, is currently under high-level discussions in the United Kingdom, including with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
SHAPING THE FUTURE: For the Blue Economy concept to work, Asean needs to be regarded as one and not just in its constituent parts
IN the past, the relationship between Malaysia and Singapore has been one that harboured on an uneasy path despite the proximity of both countries.