Brett Wigdortz of Teach First and Dzameer Dzulkifli of Teach for Malaysia both lead non-profit organizations which seeks to address education inequality by recruiting top graduates from the best universities and commit them to teach in high need schools for at least two years. We speak to them about the challenges and criticism of this private-public partnership model.
Is it possible to diffuse a workplace argument by learning to think like a hostage negotiator? Why does the act of placing a fish bowl near your desk elevate your thinking, and is it possible to reach smarter decisions by incorporating strategic distractions into your schedule? Award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioral economics, neuroscience, and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work.
Over the weekend, news reports suggesting that parents could be jailed under a new Child Act if they were to cane their children exploded into a full blown controversy that landed on Monday’s front pages. It was the result of a misunderstanding regarding a proposed provision in the replacement for the existing Child Act 2001 expected to be tabled in June. The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development has since issued a clarification that the provision refers only to the caning of convicted juveniles. In the ensuing debate questions were raised about aligning domestic laws with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the case of Malaysians parents convicted in Sweden for child abuse as well as the parental prerogatives and religious injunctions on corporal punishment. We look at a controversy based on a misunderstanding.Aziff Azuddin and Melanie Abraham contributed to this report.
On to the second book in the series of 50. This gothic work Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (nee Wollstonecraft Godwin) was born out of a competition among other writers Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. Inclement weather in the Swiss Alps kept the company indoors. And in the absence of cable TV, internet or wireless connectivity, the company read and wrote.
A career diplomat, Ajit Singh become Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations, at a time of double-digit growth and tremendous optimism. He was the first to have a ministerial rank, unlike his predecessors with ambassadorial status; a development championed by Malaysia’s foreign minister. We speak to Ajit about the challenges that presented themselves during his tenure - Myanmar’s inclusion in the grouping, China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea, and the perennial question of Asean cohesion - some of which continue till today.
Bobby Hiranandani, heir apparent and Managing Director of Royal Group Holdings, one of the largest private real estate groups in Singapore and investor in major commercial and hospitality assets talks about locations particularly on Orchard Road that are primed for re-development. Their latest project is Sofitel So in Singapore where Hiranandani in his late 20s had personally managed.