November 8, 2022

On GE15 & Electing a Representative

When describing elections, we often hear it being akin to the hiring process. Candidates present their credentials/track record and the ones best we feel suitable would be hired. While this is true to a degree, it doesn’t capture the full picture. Elections are akin to a hiring process. Yes. But they are not like hiring entry level, associates, or middle level managers. Rather, it is […]

August 7, 2021

Sharing a Deck: ELC560

Background to the Deck This past week concluded my second semester for the Bachelor of Legal Studies (Hons) programme offered by Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). One of our courses under the programme is ELC560: English for Executive Summary Writing. The ask was straightforward. First, identify two academic articles. One was the primary article; while the second serves as a support to the idea. My articles […]

July 21, 2021

Returning to Bullet Journaling

It’s been ages since I seriously used Bullet Journals. I incorporated it in life sometime in 2015 until around 2018. I’m trying to look back to remember why I stopped. Was it because I was deep in sorrow and worry that the whole process seemed daunting? It could also be associated with my reliance on mobile devices to organise my life. There’s Google Calendars, Google […]

December 26, 2020

Christmas 2020

Christmas is here again. With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS–CoV–2), it certainly is a different Christmas. The usual ‘ngabang’, parties, and Christmas gatherings are limited and likely suspended. We want to spread the Christmas cheer to our loved ones. Definitely not the virus. Do you know what’s fascinating? It was on this day last year […]

September 13, 2020

Gameboys: Boy-meets-Boy in a Pandemic

My colleague introduced me to Gameboys, a Boy Love (BL) series from the Philippines, a couple of months ago. Each week I’ve been following it after binge-watching the first eight episodes. Alright, I confess: I have not been following any BL series as religiously. When I did, these BL series were from Thailand. I think the last one I followed was He’s Coming to Me, […]

August 24, 2020

Revisiting Childhood Fiction: Animorph Series

Animorph Book 1: The Invasion Timothy, my classmate in primary school, introduced this series to us back in the late 90s. I think it was around 1997 or 1998. In those two years, I devoured as much of the books as I could. In turn it contributed to my imaginary world constructed around me. Alien Invasion, Adolescent Heros The series revolves around 5 teenagers suddenly […]

June 12, 2020

Why do people behave the way they do?

I often wonder why people behave the way they do. So far it bottles down to options with respect to self-preservation. The more options one has, the more they can protect their well-being and their livelihood. Having options is also a matter of control. I associate the lack of options with the lack of control. Control, not just the task, but also the outcome. Here’s […]

May 4, 2020

Malaysia’s Federal System in the Spotlight

The era of the federal government having the final say is over. YBhg. Dato Sri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Vice President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) It was not an era that should have started or sustained. #Malaysia is a #Federation. No one can deny that this came about because Parti Perikatan/Barisan Nasional dominated Governments at the Federal and State levels. Especially during #PM4 […]

September 3, 2019

Should the Office of the Prime Minister be subjected to Term Limits?

Westminster Model The Westminster Model, i.e. sistem kerajaan perwakilan beparlimen, does not prescribe such mechanics. Instead a prime minister and his/her government will continue as long as: S/he remains a member of the elected house, and S/he commands the confidence of a majority of the members of that elected House. Consider the cases of John Major, Gordon Brown, Kevin Rudd, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee among […]