KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): A future of continuous masking, testing regularly for Covid-19 and quarantining at home when necessary while life goes on, as outlined by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, is almost upon us. Malaysia plans to go into the endemic phase by the end of October, which is when it hopes 100% of its adults, or 71.6% of its total population, will be fully vaccinated. Almost all sectors are expected to open by then. Despite the fact that Malaysia will soon reopen, the life people will return to will not be the same as the one they left before Covid-19 came into the scene. The pandemic has left its mark on us and our lives, and many of the things we adopted to prevent the virus from infecting us will likely continue. Are we ready for it? "Any particular thing, if we keep repeatedly doing it, over time, it becomes part of us,” said Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Shatar Sabran, a social expert. "It’s not going to be a restriction anymore; it was but when you get used to ... » Learn More about Analysis: Experts see new normal as more online, possibly more isolated future
WASHINGTON: Child safety advocates say an explosive report that Facebook failed to disclose data showing its products negatively affect the mental health of teenagers should be the final straw for lawmakers worried about social media’s impact on young users. Democrats and Republicans zeroed in on child safety as a bipartisan area of concern this year, even before a Wall Street Journal article published last week detailed internal research showing that teens — especially girls — blamed Instagram, a Facebook subsidiary, for anxiety and depression. “Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” noted an internal presentation from 2020 that the newspaper obtained. Researchers found the mental health issues were often in relation to bullying or body image that, in some cases, led to eating disorders. The report drew a swift response from Capitol Hill, with leaders on the Senate Commerce Committee disclosing they ... » Learn More about Report renews calls for research on social media’s impact on kids
Viewers anticipating the Progress Singapore Party's constituency broadcast for the hot seat of West Coast GRC had to wait till July 8, the last day of the campaign. The five members who spoke were PSP's leader Tan Cheng Bock, Jeffrey Khoo Poh Tiong, Nadrajah Loganathan, Hazel Poa Koon Koon, and Leong Mun Wai. The main theme that emerged from the candidates' speeches was the past experience of Tan Cheng Bock, as well as his leadership, which was touted as the key element underpinning the PSP's plans for West Coast GRC. Here's what they said. A man who has implemented many initiatives beneficial for Singaporeans Leong Mun Wai: "We are a group of loyal Singaporeans who want to serve you and steer Singapore in a new direction under the guidance of the highly experienced and respected Dr Tan Cheng Bock." Jeffrey Khoo Poh Tiong: "Dr Tan has started many important initiatives as an MP, such as free HDB parking on Sundays to strengthen family bonds and allowing ... » Learn More about Tan Cheng Bock’s leadership & experience touted during PSP’s West Coast GRC political broadcast
Covid-19 takes a serious toll not only on healthcare services and the economy, but also on our mental health. To help Singaporeans going through hard times, the government will set up a national hotline that will offer psychological and emotional support as the entire country battles the crisis. Support from professionals Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee said in a Facebook post on Apr. 5 that the hotline will offer support to anyone -- children, youths, adults and families. CARE officers, comprising psychologists, social workers, counsellors and other professionals with the relevant skills and experience will help link callers to social service agencies, or other services. Lee said: "As we roll out support measures to provide financial assistance quickly (details at go.gov.sg/msf-covid19-support), the psychological well-being and resilience of our people at a time of crisis is something that we are watching over carefully, especially amongst ... » Learn More about MSF hotline to offer psychological & emotional support for S’poreans facing Covid-19 troubles
IT IS encouraging to read of many teenagers trying their luck at getting a Covid-19 vaccine without a prior appointment at vaccination centres; being eager to get immunised against this infectious disease so they can resume in-school classes safely ( Be patient, your turn will come, Sunday Star Says, Sept 26 ). This is in stark contrast to some teachers, staff and students who remain stubbornly vaccine-hesitant or wary. It is a medical fact that vaccination prevents the spread of Covid and masks help the protection along. Yet, some minority vaccine-hesitant folks will stubbornly continue to argue about their rights to choose what they will do. But, what about the rights of the vast, responsible, majority in our society who sensibly choose to do the right thing to get vaccinated. It is not enough or sensible to rely on strong personal, religious or political beliefs to avoid vaccination. Historically, when the rights of the individual affected the good of the many, the good of the ... » Learn More about Individuals’ rights vs good of the many
War memorial days around the world are solemn celebrations, recognizing the efforts of those who've fought in bloody conflicts. Men and women are revered as valiant heroes who risked their own lives so that others could live freely. Monuments are laden with flowers, candles, and other offerings, while civilians wear red poppies on their lapels to honor the fallen. Veterans walk around wearing their medals. These rituals help people remember not just the wounds of war, but also the stories of courage, strength, and the human spirit. September 21 is a day of remembrance in the Philippines . But instead of centering the narrative on the people, we focus on this painful event in our history, which in turn keeps a criminal’s name in our collective consciousness. It is a difficult thing to unpack because justice was never served. With the number of unresolved cases and the practice of impunity rampant in the country, it is difficult to see past that and recognize the strength and ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Are we remembering the wrong thing?
President Rodrigo Duterte desperately wants no one to interfere with his bloody anti-illegal drug campaign. Duterte, during his speech before the United Nations (UN) General Assembly this week, reiterated the existence of the Philippines' inter-agency panel tasked to investigate irregularities in the war on drugs. He said that “those found to have acted beyond bounds during operations shall be made accountable before our laws.” It is easy to see that the much-boasted drug war review panel led by the Department of Justice is yet to achieve anything significant since it was launched in June 2020. (READ: Duterte gov't insists there is working justice in drug war but can't show proof ) The initial findings show that there was a failure to follow standard protocols in several anti-drug police operations. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra announced these findings before the UN Human Rights Council in February 2021. In any other industry, even in our ... » Learn More about [OPINION] ‘Meaningful change’ from within? Not when it’s the Duterte gov’t behind the killings