Columns

  • Socrates, thinking critically, and the 1MDB debate

    Nov 06, 2015

    The ability to think critically and analyse the reality of the day is, perhaps, the starting point on the road to wisdom and understanding.

  • Displacing ego and narcissism

    Oct 30, 2015

    The Buddhists have a little axiom that explains more about ourselves than we would like.

  • Turn to user-pay model is hurting the rakyat

    Oct 29, 2015

    closer look at the various measures introduced in the recently unveiled budget reveals to us that the trend towards weakened social solidarity is continuing.

  • The stigma of suicide

    Oct 22, 2015

    Recently I read, in succession, three books on suicide, each written by a mother who had lost one of her children to suicide.

  • The last pope?

    Oct 21, 2015

    Some time ago, I had a rather interesting conversation with a conservative Catholic, who was disturbed with the direction the Church was heading under the Bishop of Rome, Francis.

  • Innocence, complexity, and sanctity

    Oct 15, 2015

    Some years ago, I officiated at a wedding. As the officiating priest, I was invited to the reception and dance that followed upon the church service.

  • When Santa comes to town early...

    Oct 14, 2015

    Santa has come early this year. At least it must seem like it for the large MultiNational Corporations (MNCs), the new economic ‘rulers of the world.’

  • Caring for our soul

    Oct 08, 2015

    What does it profit you if you gain the whole world but suffer the loss of your own soul? Jesus taught that and, I suspect, we generally don’t grasp the full range of its meaning.

  • Working for change in apocalyptic times

    Oct 07, 2015

    The recent smog has alarmed many with near apocalyptic scenes — a thick curtain hanging from the sky, blocking out the horizon.

  • New models for global development needed

    Oct 01, 2015

    Transparency is an essential element in the dialogue to find better ways of preserving the environment, according to the pope, especially transparency in the assessment of the environmental impact of business ventures and projects.