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  • Spirituality and the second half of life

    Oct 10, 2020

    One size doesn’t fit everyone. This isn’t just true for clothing, it’s also true for spirituality. Our challenges in life change as we age. Spirituality hasn’t always been fully sensitive to this.

  • Building hope, one brick at a time

    Oct 03, 2020

    The country has been in a state of flux in recent weeks as political leaders make their moves to secure positions or wrest power.

  • The hidden face of evil …

    Oct 03, 2020

    Evil doesn’t ordinarily have the face and feel of the devil in Rosemary’s Baby; it has the face and feel of this evening’s newscast.

  • Sabah shows the way

    Sep 26, 2020

    Whatever the outcome of the Sabah state election this weekend, one thing was clear in the weeks leading up to it: Malaysians badly crave greater inclusiveness built on a celebration of unity in diversity. Many thought the country had made that breakthrough in 2018 with a change of government ushering in a new, more inclusive nation.

  • God is Happy …

    Sep 26, 2020

    Christianity, Judaism and Islam ultimately all believe in the same God. Interestingly, too, in the popular mind they also all tend to conceive of God in the same way, namely, as male, celibate and not particularly happy.

  • May they all be One

    Sep 20, 2020

    On Sept 16 we celebrated Malaysia Day. This time it was under the cloud of the coronavirus, an economic downturn and political upheaval.

  • Moving beyond mistakes and weaknesses

    Sep 19, 2020

    The excusable doesn’t need to be excused and the inexcusable cannot be excused.

  • What is the minimum that workers should be paid?

    Sep 13, 2020

    The official minimum wage: RM1,200/ month Employers should not pay their workers less than the minimum wage. But it happens, especially for unskilled work, eg certain restaurant staff and cleaners. And not a few of these workers do not have retirement savings (EPF) or accident insurance cover (Socso).

  • Mystical experience and everyday people

    Sep 12, 2020

    In the popular mind mysticism is misunderstood badly. We tend to identify mysticism with what’s extraordinary and paranormal, and see it as something for the spiritual elite. For most people, mysticism means spiritual visions and ecstatic experiences which take you outside of normal consciousness.

  • Trials and tribulations

    Sep 06, 2020

    This Merdeka and Malaysia Day, celebrations seem a little more subdued. How is it possible to celebrate wholeheartedly when so many people around the world have been hit by the coronavirus, when so many have perished?