Today is the last day of 2020, the year Covid-19 hits the nation. The new norm determines how we live our lives in years to come.
I’m getting a year older. Unknowingly, I should have made more introjection about where I should have gone, what my priority in life and life after death. I realize how small I am compared to the Creator of the Universe. O Allah, forgive my former sins.
Tomorrow the sun will rise in 2021, on January 1. I’ll be here at my house, watching the beautiful view of Tasik Putra with the sound of birds somewhere in the background, welcoming the new year with hope and desire.
“We must accept the finite disappointment, but never lose the infinite hope.” (Martin Luther King Jr).
I vividly remember the year I was assigned to run a medical school. It wasn’t an easy year since I started the day dealing with demonstration students as a response to the smart-partnership project with some partner universities. The project was finally terminated and the school moved on with 90% of total intake of quotas almost every year for the past 3 years.
The staff and I were pleased that we graduated 4 batches of new doctors from the beginning and are now working as medical officers in various disiplines.
In 2021, we expect to be able to meet the challenges in many different ways. First, e-learning and distance learning, as students are not allowed to stay on campus because of the threat posed by Covid-19. Second, new norms when face-to-face teachings are allowed to be conducted in campus. Thirdly, the visit of the MQA is scheduled at the end of the year.
I wish that in 2021 I could spend more time reading new books, finding new family members and keeping my health at its best.
Born in Kedah. Studied at Alam Shah, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and King's College, University of London. Previously, acted as Head, Dept of Psychiatry, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Currently, works as Professor of Psychiatry at Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah International Islamic University, Kedah. Married and blessed with 4 grown-up children.
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