Originally published in themalaysianinsider.com DEC 24 – Menjelang Krismas, saya teringat kembali suatu peristiwa yang berlaku hampir 10 tahun yang lalu. Pada suatu tahun semasa di universiti, Persaudaraan Kristian Varsiti yang saya sertai menganjurkan malam sambutan Krismas seperti tahun-tahun yang lalu. Malam sambutan Krismas tersebut bertujuan meraikan kelahiran Jesus Christ atau dalam Islam dikenali sebagai… Continue reading ARTICLE: Krismas sepuluh tahun dahulu
Today, my best friend is getting married. I have only one thing to say to him: We may pore over every book and treaty, And possess infinite knowledge; We may master a thousand philosophies, And a million times graduate; We may have all these and more but still, alas, we cannot escape; To be bound… Continue reading My best friend’s wedding
My article, originally published in MalaysianInsider OCT 29 — There are two stories in the Bible about unity and diversity. The first is about the beginning of civilisations, and the second about the beginning of the church. The first story is quite famous, about the Tower of Babel, found in the book of Genesis of… Continue reading Rethinking ‘unity in diversity’
For those of you who can understand mandarin and are in Penang this weekend, come join me in a tête-à-tête with Chong Eng, Member of Parliament for Bukit Mertajam. Chong and I will talk about our political experience including points from our books. I am quite excited and look forward to the talk – for… Continue reading Tête-à-tête with YB Chong Eng – 25 August, 7.30pm @ PISA
It's my first book, and I really want to thank the whole team at my publication house for the huge effort they poured in to make it happen. Check out the book's webpage at http://www.audacitytothink.com It will be available for purchase in major bookstores by June 2012, but you can already buy it online from… Continue reading My book is out!
I will be turning 30 in an hour's time. If I have a message to tell my 20 year old self 10 years ago, I would only give him two words, "carpe diem". If I have to live the last 10 years all over again, I would still try to do things differently. I would… Continue reading Carpe diem
Sorry for being absent from posting here for a while. Been busy with work at the Penang Institute. The Institute recently organised a birthday bash for National Laureate Professor Muhammad Haji Salleh who is based in Penang. He went to the same high school as I and we are all really proud of what he… Continue reading While I was away – Forum Nusantara
*a reflection post roundtable discussion on decentralisation jointly organised by the Office of the Penang State Speaker, Penang Institute and IDEAS Malaysia. After the March 8 general election in Malaysia, the debate on decentralisation has gained momentum. For decades now, state and local governments have surrendered power to the federal government in Kuala Lumpur and… Continue reading Decentralisation in Malaysia – Asking the difficult questions
It's amazing what we can do when we insulate ourselves from the regular noise of our lives. Last week I had lunch with two of my mentors and was inspired to get an item pending on my checklist for a long time done. One of my goals is to publish my first book by 30.… Continue reading Manuscript submitted!