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Activate activism: From hipster-activists to agents of change

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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.

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Rise of the pseudo-intellectuals

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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.

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Life and smartphones

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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.

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Friendship and skinned knees

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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.

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