Yakking on Yunnan

CHINA has been featuring in our consciousness every week of late: whether it is concern about that country’s role in our economy or national infrastructure [as exemplified by the ground-breaking of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project last week],... more »

Monarchy at our nation’s foundations

THE title of this session – monarchy as the nation’s pasak (a word that literally means ‘peg’ or in architecture ‘fastener’, but more broadly connotes ‘foundations’) – reminds me of Istana Lama Seri Menanti, a palace famously constructed without nails.... more »

Cool Asean heads in Bandung

BANDUNG is now the coolest city I’ve been to in Southeast Asia. I don’t mean in a cultural way (although the district of new coffee shops I visited felt extremely hipster), but in terms of temperature. Though the weather forecasts... more »

At the centre of the fringe

THE Rainforest Fringe Festival had its debut this year, advertised as a “10-day spectacle in the heart of Kuching” from July 7-16, ending concurrently with the Rainforest World Music Festival (this year celebrating its 20th anniversary) from today until Sunday... more »

Service to be acknowledged

MUCH attention was brought to worthy causes during Ramadan: from feeding the homeless, providing shelter to the needy, offering medical services to orphans, to simply preparing and handing out Raya hampers to those who might never otherwise be gifted them.... more »

Keeping Raya authentic

IT is the time of year to be comforted by the rituals of Raya: to visit the graves of ancestors and lost loved ones, to seek forgiveness from family and friends, to takbir and pray with familiar faces at the... more »

Into the heart of Negeri Sembilan

IT is during Ramadan that I am most intimate with the heart of Negeri Sembilan, even though the schedule of board meetings for companies, foundations and societies carries on unabated in Kuala Lumpur. As each year passes, I become ever... more »
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