Saturday, June 19, 2021

Column

Of parking spots and lives that are never enough

Life in a PPR is a life that is worth less than what residents are worthy of but just enough to keep them there.

When unicorns and fairies began giving Covid-19 jabs

Bad experiences with government institutions are a dime a dozen but the men and women behind the national Covid-19 vaccination programme provide a glimpse of what the country could be.

Covid-19, the catch-22 numbers game

How we approach it will depend on which numbers we choose to zoom in on.

Stealth-mode racism

Not all racist acts take place in dodgy areas or in globally condemned public outbursts.

Migrants and our annoyance levels

As the number of foreigners in our country keeps pace with our rapid development, do we think of them unkindly over things that they cannot help?

Of air penawar and praying the gay away

It's not about how conversion therapy practices are effective or not in causing change, but rather how the practice of trying to change one's own nature or suppress it is inherently wrong.

Of Ninja Saga and modern nostalgia

As long as we have lived a life with perceptions that are unattainable in our current moment, we will have something to be nostalgic about.

The day the doves sang

The fight continues but those in it struggle on together.

Foreigners in a familiar land

It is disheartening to see people treated as foreigners when they are not meant to be, and it is disappointing to know how much of it is of our own making.

Behind calls for solidarity and movements for change

Some successful campaigns may carry the weight of an image without any actual solidarity with the people.

Faith and belonging for sexual minorities

While sexual minorities do not feel a sense of belonging with the community at large, their belonging lies in their faith.

It’s not just the thought that counts

The problem with Kedah's move not to declare a holiday for Thaipusam was not the decision itself but the reasoning behind it.

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