By Sara Rijaluddin
To change and save the world, one does not have to be an outspoken politician to influence a crowd, a UN humanitarian who opened schools and hospitals in third-word nations or an innovative businessman with one outstanding new revolutionary product concept.
Sometimes, it takes the quiet discoveries such as special gloves to be used in space, or the conversion of oil from McDonalds French Fries to power up a car, to have an impact. Sometimes, we tend to forget about the many other interests and pursuits of other brilliant, unsung and unspoken young Malaysians.
By Ezlan Mohsen
London is a fast-paced city. From the investment bankers in their suits who rush from meeting to meeting, to the stall vendors in the east of London who constantly shout at every passerby as they manoeuvre their stalls through the crowds.
Everyone is aware of the need to get moving, and to do so fast.
By Cheong E Von
Like so many people across the globe, I watched and listened intently as the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, delivered her opening speech for the Democratic National Convention 2012. What Mrs. Obama talked about that night struck a chord in the hearts of many.
She spoke about what it means to struggle, to hold steadfast to values you believe in, to have hopes for your children and country.
by Adelyn Yeoh
Back in secondary school, August was the time we spent decorating our classrooms to depict the spirit of “Merdeka”. It was the time where we were told to reflect on our “identity as a Malaysian” and to “appreciate how far we have come since we have gained independence.” Besides trying to outdo the other classes’ decorations, it came to my attention, even at such a tender age, that what we had been told our identity should be was a strange idea indeed.
Text by Syahirah Syed Jaafar, Responses collected by Cheong E Von and Nishyodhan Balasundram
As a way to reflect and take things from a different perspective, CEKU decided to speak to foreigners who have either lived in or visited Malaysia and who have contributed their thoughts to the makings of these next few articles to come.
In the first of the three articles to be published in this series, we at CEKU asked – “What was the most memorable incident or experience you had while in Malaysia?”
By Alwyn Lau
We should look closer at the recent revelation that more than 500 individuals, including several ‘very important’ personalities, have purchased fake degrees. Apparently, there are syndicates in Subang and Cheras from which you can get a RM8,500 Masters Degree from bogus universities.
It would be a mistake to conclude from this episode merely that stronger policing of scam-scrolls should take place. It would be an even greater mistake for genuine degree holders to suck a long smiling glance at the framed scrolls in their offices and be glad their qualifications are as real as the stars.