First Person

THE NEVER ENDING BUSINESS: TO RESCUE OURSELVES by ZULKEFLI ZAIDI

Reading Time: 4 minutes This write-up was written to inspire anybody who is in search of strength to take charge of their lives. Notwithstanding that the future is filled with surprises, it is absolutely fine to hope for the better. Here is a story that we are never alone in fighting our fears and on this account, we hope it awakens our sense of urgency.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR WISH, BUT…

Reading Time: 3 minutes There is never going to be real happiness and freedom until everyone is held accountable for their wrongdoings. We need to realize that we are all one. We deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Until this happens, until there is real change, I guess this Deepavali, I am going to tame the bitterness in my mouth with every sweet treat I can find closest to me.

A SENSE OF URGENCY by Alyssa Krista

Reading Time: 2 minutes Writer Alyssa Krista looks deep within coming to terms with herself in an exploration of what feels most urgent to her.

HELLO GOD, HEAR ME, ITS ME

Reading Time: < 1 minute Born on the day of the dead in the year 1996 to a family of infidelity, paper boats, and incense smoke. The halogen bulbs in the hospital where my mother gave birth to me seem to diffuse the same indifferent glow in the masjid where i recited kalimah syahadah.

BEING A HYPOCHONDRIAC IN A PANDEMIC

Reading Time: 5 minutes Case study: Me (22+, F). I’ve been a germaphobe for as long as I’ve known what germs are. I remember feeling grossed out when kids ate things off the floor in kindergarten. I remember refusing to use the washroom in the primary school because public school toilets were an experience, even if you weren’t terrified of bacteria

BORED GAMES

Reading Time: 4 minutes Somehow, as a modern society, we have come to collectively accept that raw feelings and emotions are a sign of weakness. Here, Pravin Nair talks about the reality of dating in our modern day age.

MY FLUCTUATING BODY WEIGHT by ATSHAYA JAYADEV

Reading Time: 4 minutes It was such a classic Malaysian thing to do by commenting on someone else’s physical appearance. I feel like people back home, especially the older generation, tend to be quite judgmental when it comes to physical appearance be it weight, skin colour, your choice in clothing, piercings, tattoos, etc. You get the idea. People wouldn’t even ask how I was doing or cared about my wellbeing.