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On Refugees

On Refugees

The author wrote a small piece to inform the public of the plight of refugees in Malaysia while referring to a few international reports, surveys and publications. The article was edited down owing to space constraints before being sent to the local press. It was published in the on July 23, 2009. This is the […]

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Pointless vernacular schools

Pointless vernacular schools

Another from the BC HRC egroup discussion. Schools, I will comment on. Firstly, vernacular schools are a pointless idea. I think that the moment this country decided to be a nation, all have decided to absolve themselves from their “national origin”. I personally find it insulting that Malaysians are still referred to by their ethnicity […]

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Sex work

Sex work

Recently, sex work became a topic of discussion in Parliament as reported here. We discussed the issue at length on the BC HRC egroup. Here are my thoughts.

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Life and Death 3

Life and Death are interests of mine. I have a conundrum to throw at you. Try to think this one out. 1. You seem to be quite inclined, as an example, to the philosophies of Buddhism and the Zen, which is cool and interesting, but do you not think that these philosophies very readily give […]

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Life and Death 2

Life and Death are interests of mine. 1. People alive have a strong interest to want to be alive. Well, why else would human beings come up with laws? To promote order and equilibrium. If we didn’t have laws, there’ll be chaos and disorder and a lotta dead people. People want to live.

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Life and Death 1

Life and Death are interests of mine. 1. I do not think we can assert any kind of right to be born or not. You are here today living and breathing not because you chose to be here but simply because you happen to have out-swam a couple of thousand other sperms i.e. you were […]

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