Columns

  • Beautiful stoics

    Aug 30, 2018

    There’s a rich literature being written today by some highly intelligent, sensitive men and women who might best be described as agnostic stoics.

  • Merdeka 2.0: A nation blessed, a new journey begins

    Aug 23, 2018

    So we are on the threshold of Merdeka once again. The first Merdeka since the arrival of the new Malaysia on 9 May — or as some would say, Merdeka 2.0.

  • The power of a compliment

    Aug 23, 2018

    Thomas Aquinas once suggested that it’s a sin to not give a compliment to someone when it’s deserved because, by withholding our praise, we’re depriving that person of the food that he or she needs to live on. He’s right. Perhaps it’s not a sin to withhold a compliment but it’s a sad impoverishment, both for the person deserving the compliment and for the one withholding it.

  • Strengthening social solidarity to ease the public burden

    Aug 16, 2018

    In the new Malaysia, there are a few things we can do to immediately raise the quality of life for the lower-income group. The first step has already

  • Why I believe in God

    Aug 16, 2018

    Some of my favourite authors are agnostics, men and women who face life honestly and courageously without faith in a personal God.

  • A third national car and new mega highways could have dire consequences

    Aug 09, 2018

    New research findings have revealed that global warming in the future may be twice what climate models have projected while sea levels could rise over six metres, even if we manage to contain temperature rises below the target.

  • Standing on new borders

    Aug 09, 2018

    A particularly powerful Gospel story recounts Jesus meeting with a Syro-Phoenician woman. Central to that story is where their encounter takes place.

  • To the friends I’ve known

    Aug 01, 2018

    Recently, reading Commonweal magazine, I was struck by this line by Jerry Ryan, a Little Brother of Jesus: “I have lost contact with so many people who meant a lot to me at different stages of my life, people I loved dearly and really cared for and who had given me so much and made me what I am.”

  • New Malaysia: The dream is not over

    Aug 01, 2018

    They say it all begins with a dream.

  • After 50 years, it’s finally time to consider the wisdom of ‘Humanae Vitae’

    Jul 30, 2018

    On July 25, 1968 – in the midst of the “sexual revolution” which aggressively promoted premarital sex, pornography, homosexual activity and artificial contraception – Pope Paul VI with the courage of a prophet gave the Catholic Church and world an entirely different message.