• ICERD non-ratification: End of new Malaysia?

    Nov 30, 2018

    In recent weeks, we have seen an uptick in inflammatory racial and religious remarks sparked by the opposition to the government’s plan to ratify a UN treaty known as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

  • Our lack of welcome

    Nov 30, 2018

    “Widows, orphans, and strangers,” that’s code in scripture for the three most vulnerable groups within a society at any given time.

  • How can we hear the cry of the poor?

    Nov 22, 2018

    We know the poor are never far from us. But often, they are not easy to find, if we don’t know where to look or how to listen to their cry.

  • Dual citizenship

    Nov 21, 2018

    I live on both sides of a border. Not a geographical one, but one which is often a dividing line between two groups.

  • ‘You have the poor with you always’?

    Nov 17, 2018

    No matter how rich a country grows, no matter how fast the economy grows, somehow the problem of poverty does not seem to disappear.

  • When is our life fulfilled?

    Nov 16, 2018

    “It is fulfilled!” The Greek word here is Tetelesti. This was an expression used by artists to signify that a work was completely finished and that nothing more could be added to it. It was also used to express that something was complete.

  • 1MDB is tip of the iceberg of illicit outflow of funds

    Nov 09, 2018

    Many Malaysians heaved a sigh of relief when the US Department of Justice announced that fugitive Jho Low would be indicted over his role in the 1MDB scandal.

  • A right way of dying

    Nov 09, 2018

    I do not want to die from some medical condition; I want to die from death!

  • Reaching out to depressed alienated youth

    Nov 03, 2018

    One of the main themes of the recent month-long synod of the youth was the emphasis on the very concept of synodality – a move towards decentralisatio

  • Faith and levity

    Nov 03, 2018

    Shusaku Endo, the Japanese author of the classic novel, Silence (upon which Martin Scorsese based his movie), was a Catholic who didn’t always find his native land, Japan, sympathetic to his faith. He was misunderstood but kept his balance and good heart by placing a high value on levity.