SINGAPORE: For many Singaporean students, pursuing an overseas university education sounds like a dream come true. A few years spent in a foreign country, making friends from all over the world, studying the subject of your choice in a prestigious institute. Each year, thousands of Singaporeans pursue this dream. Between 2017 and 2018, 7,020 students from Singapore studied in the UK, according to data collected across universities there. However, COVID-19 has undermined that dream. Travel restrictions could mean getting to your preferred university may be challenging, if not impossible. Coming back to Singapore for vacations will probably involve a 15-day period of isolation. Classes may be conducted remotely. There are likely to be limits on social activities. With studying overseas much more expensive than attending a university in Singapore, some might consider whether the current circumstances make pursuing the dream worthwhile. But not everyone is thinking like that. … [Read more...] about IN FOCUS: Has COVID-19 killed the appeal of studying overseas?
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KOTA KINABALU: “We are here to build a nation, not a particular race or religion,” a slogan boldly emblazoned across billboards at many major traffic junctions in Kota Kinabalu declares. These bold words are seen next to Obamaesque portraits of Shafie Apdal, the caretaker Sabah chief minister leading his Warisan Plus coalition into another state election, barely two years after the historic 14th General Elections. And indeed, the outcome of the upcoming Sabah state polls will determine much, not only for the resource-rich and multicultural state – potentially reshaping the political landscape of the nation as a whole. The larger political game played out on the national stage has already made itself felt since the onset of this untimely election season in Sabah. READ: Parties play up ‘Sabah identity’, economic development to woo voters in state polls READ: Commentary: Malaysian politics is going through a midlife crisis A BIG SURPRISE – FOR MUSA After all, we … [Read more...] about Commentary: Sabah state election ignites fresh Game of Thrones jostling in Malaysian politics
It’s not much of a surprise, but at least we have confirmation. If the Golden State Warriors are invited to the White House for a championship visit with Donald Trump, at least one star won’t be going: Kevin Durant . Speaking in an ESPN article published on Thursday, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP said he didn’t respect who currently held the office of president. Durant was interviewed as part of his Kevin Durant Day in his local Washington D.C. area suburb of Seat Pleasant, Maryland. He is not the first NBA player to come forward and speak out about Trump in the aftermath of Charlottesville. LeBron James , Jabari Parker , and other NBA players have denounced the tone of Trump’s politics and positions in the public sphere. The Warriors star had a lot to say on the subject, but I think this was most poignant. Via ESPN : “Nah, I won’t do that,” said Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now.” … “I don’t agree with what he agrees with, … [Read more...] about Kevin Durant on White House visit with Donald Trump: “Nah, I won’t do that”
By forcing the standards of “wokeness” on a Western institution like Amnesty International, the Kremlin has weakened Russian dissident Aleksei Navalny as he begins his almost three years in a Siberian labor camp. Everyone understands he is a political prisoner, isolated from Russian political life. That is the definition of “prisoner of conscience,” which Amnesty International has chosen to withdraw from his name . Navalny, the major opposition figure to Vladimir Putin Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin For better or worse: Which way will US-Saudi relations go under Biden? How to rethink Russia sanctions Tucker Carlson bashes CNN, claims it's 'more destructive' than QAnon MORE , was a public relations challenge for the Kremlin even before his run for Moscow mayor in 2013. Through his Fund for the Battle Against Corruption (FBK), he has exposed the corruption and criminality of the Kremlin leadership. He barely survived the poisoning carried out , allegedly, by … [Read more...] about West’s ‘wokeness’ helped Russia to redefine a ‘prisoner of conscience’
KUALA LUMPUR: The Parti Islam Se-Malaysia general assembly is usually a crowded affair, with delegates from all over the country arriving to meet with party leaders. Last weekend, the party held its first general assembly, also known as "Muktamar", since becoming part of the federal ruling coalition. Given the need to comply with strict health protocols due to COVID-19, the meeting was smaller compared to previous years. The size of the assembly in Kelantan - about 400 delegates reportedly gathered inside the main hall, was not the only noteworthy point. Based on the resolutions adopted and speeches by party leaders, the Islamist party might be going through a change in political direction, said analysts interviewed by CNA. Here are some of the key takeaways from the annual gathering: HUDUD MAY NOW BE A LESSER PRIORITY PAS' president Abdul Hadi Awang's Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355 has appeared seven … [Read more...] about What we learnt about Parti Islam Se-Malaysia’s political direction from its general assembly