Freedom of Speech

1. Intellectual discourse is part of the freedom of speech. Malaysian universities allow academicians to embark on free academic discourse inside and outside the classroom. Aristotle denounced that human beings are by nature political animals. Humans are made partisan too. They grouped themselves on purpose i.e to protect their groups and to attack the other challenging groups. This is all about politics.

2. When a university lecturer is attacked by netizens for delivering his objective views in a forum discussing on the topic whether the Pakatan Harapan Chairman is too old to be the next Prime Minister of Malaysia, the principle of freedom of speech is abused. Quo Vadis, Malaysians?

3. Malaysian voters which comprise supporters of both parties and on-the-fence voters must learn to respect freedom of speech.

4. To the contrary, age shouldn’t be a deciding factor to select who should be the next Prime Minister. Physical fitness, mental sharpness and the ability to be firm and impervious are psychological attributes required from the top political officer.

5. He must feel the pulse of the masses. Issues close to the heart of rakyat like the accelerated cost of living, fuel cost and subsidy have to be addressed with immediate effect.

6. The shipwrecks that caused leakage have to be fixed instantly.

All the Best, Sir!


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A Conversation with YB


1. I had a conversation with a ‘wakil rakyat’ on the need to adopt sustainable development in his ‘kawasan’ (constitutional area). I’m happy that he was very responsive to my suggestion.

2. As people representative, wakil rakyat decides how to develop his area. Development blueprint directs business ventures and government agencies to focus and strategize on a certain aspect of the developmental goal. In the end, rakyat is expected to gain from those initiatives.

3. The easiest way is to invite Foreign Direct Investment. The government prepares land and incentives. The reasons to relocate certain business overseas have to be understood. Many developed countries want to get away labor-intensive industries outside theirs simply because they want to focus on knowledge-based technology. Some conventional technologies have a detrimental effect on the environment. They need to be relocated out of the country.

4. We have to choose what is the best for our country. So please choose wisely.ūüėí

Philosophy of Work

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1. Work plays a very important role in life. Interestingly, the definition of work varies from person to person. Income contribution is commonly thought to make up what most people defined work. Not uncommon to find the definition of work refers to someone who exerts some efforts in order to accomplish the result. I beg to disagree. Work can be accomplished even without monetary reward. Gotong-royong is a Malay word. It is based on the concept of togetherness when people do things together and help each other in the spirit of mutual contribution and goodwill.

2. Employment provides an opportunity for developing social contact with some kind of life purpose at the very least and social identity. Employment provides structure for time and timetabling one’s life.

3. Unemployment, underemployment, and overwork lead to stressful life. Managing stress at work requires full cooperation from the employer in modifying the work and provide the better working environment. Flexible working hours and working-at-home are new strategies to reappraise the whole important issue of providing a better working environment for employees.

4. A senior psychiatrist when communicating on reintegrating serious mental illness into community believes the only way forward is through the employment of economically active patients by reorganization of their work under close observation and support. Work integration can be done even prior discharge from the hospital, under assertive community care and community supervision.

5. Finally, I think, access to satisfying work remains one of the most sought-after goals of the human being. Serving human being must be truly honest in line with rules and regulation stipulated by individual culture and religion.

Attitude in Clinical Medicine

1. When a student comes late, he deserves to be scolded. No hatred, but teaching isn’t just imparting knowledge BUT improving attitude AND skill.

2. I’d come across a student who fell asleep in the car and one who had difficulty waking up early in the morning and subsequently both of them came late for the exam.

3. Mass production of medical undergraduates has invited a newly emerging phenomenon of producing poor quality medical graduates and low-quality doctors.

4. Cognitive aspects such as must know, need to know and good to know stuff are nowhere if teachers don’t really implement the psychomotor skill component and attitude development in the clinical teaching.

5. The question is, how assertive one needs to adhere to when it comes to practice?

Leadership in Family Business

1. The phenomenon of ‘shirt sleeve in three generations’ (demise of¬†the family business¬†in three generations) is widely known. At the same time, a number of family businesses have defied this and survived beyond several generations.

2. This apparent paradox underlines the significance of having relevant leadership capabilities on both the family and business fronts for their perpetuity. In most families, leadership is assumed to be based on seniority of age, while logically that may not be the prudent criterion to follow.

3. One should command respect, not demand! Also, the challenges of leadership are often not understood well by all, that too in different contexts. For instance, the capabilities required to lead are dynamic in an ever-evolving organization, whether family or business.

4. Similarly, rapid changes in social and family traditions in recent times have led to the emergence of nuclear families, redefining the meaning of joint family system and the role of family leadership in our society.

5. The recent growth in the Indian economy and resultant entrepreneurial opportunities have tempted many to think in terms of the need for greater freedom to pursue their interests, giving an impression that without unquestioned leadership authority vested in themselves resulting in family splits, their ambitions would be curtailed.

6. How should leaders address such multiple challenges? In other words, leadership challenges of family business are many and growing, and families have to consciously choose the person to lead them carefully.

7. To start with, most families do not explore the meaning of ‘togetherness’ that is essential to define the destiny of business and family. It is taken for granted that all family members understand and share the meaning completely. Unfortunately, this is a baseless assumption.

8. Some of the basic questions are: do we have shared goals, values, and ambitions? Do we have clear policies for decisions and processes to create policies in different areas? Are we clear about the implications of accepting the scope of any definition of ‘togetherness’? Are we ready to openly discuss these issues? In the absence of some answers to the above, leadership will naturally become a tougher role to play.

9. One of the basic reasons for this role to be challenging is that it is often a discovery-driven journey for the leader. In most cases, the leader has never functioned in similar situations earlier; this is particularly so for leaders of rapidly growing mid-size family businesses who face structurally different challenges often. They need to constantly upgrade and update themselves in terms of their knowledge, skill, and attitude to make their capabilities relevant for addressing emerging situations.

10. A leader’s position is that of a king who does everything in the interest of the people. It is a responsibility. Families have entrusted in good faith in the hands of the leader the responsibility to preserve and grow their material and spiritual wealth.

[By Kavil Ramachandran]

The Beginner Guide to Myth

1. I’ve come across when a scientist or people trained in medicine who become misguided to believing a black magic, religious-spiritual myths of disease etiology and even spiritual management of certain (=to them) ‘possessive’ illnesses.

2. I’ve seen very frequent in my clinical practice, a disease which to a lay person, is possessed by jin, syaitan and iblis and they turn out to be either of neurotic and psychotic origins.

3. I still remember very clearly a young form four girl who claimed to be a spiritual healer. Many people had used his special power to treat their ‘possessive’ ¬†illness. Some worked but many failed. When she was in her¬†possessive¬†state she will be in great pain, massaging her chest to the¬†extent¬†that she developed some scarring at her sternum.

4. She claimed to see what was happening in the holy Mecca. That was strange to me. I was desperate to help her because of the unbearable pain she had been¬†experiencing¬†in front of my eyes. In a second, I thought, if someone psychotic could see images like shadow why not they have novel experience of religious nature. Though it was congruent to sociocultural explanation in Islam which,¬†in¬†lateral definition¬†wasn’t considered to be psychosis, I want to try putting her on an anti-psychotic.

5. She came back weeks later free of pain and in clear mind. She had improved and stopped behaving as a spiritual healer. Obviously, her experience has been distorted due to repeated storytelling about her spiritual ability to heal spiritual illness. She has been personified into an ancient worshipped spiritual healer. People started to believe she had magical ability. People flocked from all around the village to come and see her.

That is what Malay mentality is all about!


1. “Paradoks” is a Malay novel written by the former Deputy Minister of Finance, Datok Dr. Affifudin Hj Omar.

2. It revolves around a conspiracy, sex scandal, corruption, belief to Malay traditional healer and defamation.

3. Ariffin, a high-income technocrat, resigned and joined politics during the seventh general election. His wife, Noraini was expecting Arifin to be appointed as full Minister but his position languished to just an ordinary backbencher, even though he contributed significantly, inside and outside parliament.

4. This was due to defamatory reports, incitements and inaccurate information relayed to the party leaders by kingmakers who were jealous and envious of him.

5. Noraini was frustrated and her resentment led to marital conflict from time to time.

6. Along the way, Arifin witnessed the steady promotion of backbenchers who were corrupted and mediocre but nonetheless, they were promoted due to family and business relationships with top party leaders.

7. The perception was those who are brilliant, honest and render good service to the party were then marginalized.

8. Those paradoxes had threatened Arifin political and marital fortune. Even when he left politics and became a millionaire’s businessman, he was threatened again by few paradoxes in his new endeavor.

9. To those who know Dr. Affifuddin, some of the events are perhaps real-life experiences based on his political and business forbearances. The other half is purely fictional.

10. I trust this pseudo-bibliographical, semi-fictional novel may add to the treasure of political satire in Bahasa Malaysia in the awakening of new socio-political movements to deny the importance of Bahasa ibunda. It may also add to political resistance to the political culture at present.

A stunning political tale of Melayu Baru