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12 July 2012
Amongst young, urban Malaysians, activism is on the rise. More and more are embracing activism, which is good, but not all of them are for the right reasons, which is not so good.
Hipster-activists are those who see themselves as activists because they are attracted to the ‘activist lifestyle’, instead of a particular cause. They see activism as a way to distinguish themselves from the rest of the mainstream crowd, thus making them ‘cool’ because they are different.
29 June 2012
My initial idea for the column this week was to write about Article 5 of the Federal Constitution — whether the right to life provided for by the Article included the right to die vis a vis suicide and euthanasia. I had conducted the research and prepared myself to write the article. I would have embarked upon the article if not for an intervening event that occurred between my original plan and the writing of this article.
9 March 2012
My mother has never owned a mobile phone in her life before. When the world around her treated mobile phones as a necessity, she was proud of the fact that she did not need one. Until recently.
It was the fault of WhatsApp. The cross platform instant messaging application made my stalwart mother succumb to owning a mobile phone. What more, a smartphone, since you cannot run WhatsApp on a non-smartphone operating system.
25 February 2012
Last week, I attended the wedding of a close friend. He was a schoolmate of mine and I knew him for almost 16 years. I knew him since I was in Form 1 where he was in the same class.
His wedding was the latest in a series of weddings which began in 2010. One by one, my circle of school friends ended their bachelorhood. In the space of 2 years, the number of those without a spouse numbered in the minority.
My alma mater is La Salle Petaling Jaya. A school situated off Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya, probably one of the most multi-racial stretch of road in West Malaysia. I spent five years there. I had some wonderful memories of my time in La Salle Petaling Jaya, memories etched firmly in my mind.
4 January 2012
Majalah antarabangsa Time telah menobatkan ‘The Protester’ sebagai ‘Person of the Year’ bagi tahun ini. Anugerah tahunan itu selalunya menampilkan seorang tokoh yang paling berpengaruh pada tahun itu, menurut pendapat sidang redaksi majalah tersebut.
Sebelum ini, tokoh-tokoh yang dinobatkan ialah seperti pengasas Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, presiden Amerika Syarikat Barack Obama, Pemimpin Agung Republik Iran yang pertama, Ayatollah Khomeini dan pejuang kemerdekaan India, Mahatma Gandhi.
The Protester, atau Si Pemprotes, menurut Time, tidak hanya menyuarakan rungutan, tetapi mereka juga telah mengubah dunia. Daripada pemprotes yang mencetuskan revolusi Arab Spring di Timur Tengah, sehinggalah ke pergerakan Occupy yang bermula di Wall Street, New York, seluruh dunia menyaksikan kebangkitan bantahan, protes dan demonstrasi, tidak kiralah sama ada ia aman mahupun tidak.
20 November 2011
Beginning this week, some 468,800 Form Five students from all over the country will undergo a torturous period in their lives. A period in which most of us had to go through and which we would rather forget. The period that is supposed to define how our lives will pan out in the future. The dreaded SPM examinations.
24 September 2011
Inilah sajak Syahredzan Johan yang dideklamasikan ketika acara UndiMsia! pada 16 September 2011. Kerana sajak ini, beliau memenangi pertandingan “Tasty Title” malam itu dan pulang ke rumah dengan trofi wok yang direbut kontestan selebriti yang lain. Sajak inilah yang menyebabkan bulu roma semua hadirin terus naik, dan beberapa orang (termasuk lelaki gagah) menangis kerana penuh emosi. Bacalah. Deklamasikan dengan semangat. Lord Bobo sangat puas sekali dengan sajak ini.