Archive for: Life

Punchlines without the jokes

Social media has brought about profound changes to our public lives — for better and for worse. It has toppled governments, improved efficiency of disaster management, spread news with a reach and speed that was unthinkable just half a decade ago, and even reconnect long-lost friends. It is unfortunate then to see that it has […]

Realising our imperfections

Everyone thinks. It is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or downright prejudiced. Yet, the quality of our life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money and […]

You don’t need a brand new car

A lot of young people, especially graduates fresh off formal education institutions, rush to buy a brand new car after a few months into (or even before) their first job. Arguably, it’s a trend further strengthened by typical societal expectations on young people, especially parents and friends. What most don’t realise is that such purchases […]

Don’t surrender your responsibility to think

There was a protest today at Symonds St, the trunk road that runs through the University of Auckland. A group of students staged a sit-in on the road, prompting the police to close the road and forcing the student-protesters to stand up by literally pulling them up. Of course, such a commotion would attract a […]

A speck of dust

All of humanity’s existence is but a blip, a mere speck of dust against a backdrop of stars. From the dawn of human existence, from Adam to Aristotle, from Ptolemy to Avicenna, from Copernicus to Galileo, from Newton to Einstein, and to the end of it – however that may be – all the whole […]

Get a pet project

When I was in college doing my International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, I used to complain a lot about how so diversified the topics of study are, so much so that it’s difficult to really be good at any one of them. More is not always better I would start my day with a Mathematics class, […]

Money and happiness

I was born and raised into an average family, and 10 years ago when other kids were playing those Digimons that cost RM30 each I could only watch in envy. No way my parents would buy me one of those. Those are for rich people. When money doesn’t come easily into your pockets, and when […]

It’s random! Nah, it’s the universe.

Toss a coin in front of your friends and ask them what are the chances you get a head rather than a tail? Fifty fifty would most likely be the answer. But is it? Toss the same coin a hundred times, would you get 50 heads and 50 tails? You’d have to be very lucky […]

Lost in ritualistic rigidity

Malays as defined by the Malaysian Constitution is a curious thing: it is not strictly a race, or an ethnic, but rather an ethno-religious group of people. That simply adds the religious component into the classification of a race that would otherwise be strictly defined and passed down through direct inheritance. According to the Malaysian Constitution, a citizen who is not a muslim is not a malay, even if his lineage traces back to as far and as old as the Malay ethnicity can be traced back to.

But it is not this definition in the Malaysian Constitution that this post will center upon, but rather, this association of religion to a certain ethnic, namely the association of Islam to the Malay ethnic.

Ad infinitum…

It’s amazing how the universe repeats itself. Our cells, which is made up of complex internal structure and interactions, make up tissues, which make up organs, which make up our body’s internal systems, which make up us. And then there’s us, made up of a complex internal structure and interactions, which make up families, which […]

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