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It triggered a big debate in the staff room, and arguments went back and forth. But for the author, what tipped the scale was the inescapable question: If the picket action was successfully carried out and he had opted not to join the campaign, how would he feel about receiving a better takehome pay package? He imagined the embarrassment and shame he would have felt in receiving a benefit that others but not him had risked fighting for. In the same way, what BERSIH stood for was a clean electoral roll and clean elections, that is, ensuring a level playing field for the electoral process which is necessary for a fair election for both the incumbent government as well as the opposition.

Of course, the more trustworthy the vendors, the more we as their regular customers can chit-chat, accept their recommendations and amend our planned menus accordingly. In many cases, regular customers receive new recipes from their vendors. A win-win situation is the best option, the most sensible attitude for all concerned. You have what I need, I have (hopefully) what you need. We’ll drink to that! Medical professionals and practitioners, with years of training and hands-on experience, obviously know about illness and ailments a lot more than their patients, and they are in the position to diagnose the patient’s medical problem.

This does not come as a surprise since human history through the centuries has been marked by protest. In most if not all cases, the entrenched powers have brought this upon themselves. Monopolistic powers could have helped themselves if they had spared some of their time, extended their hearts and ears to listen to what others in their respective countries or institutions had thought and said. When there were ample time and opportunity for these relatively simple acts of attending, listening and feeling for people, of which the Creator has equipped all human beings, these monopolistic powers chose not to act.

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