Dan Lain-Lain

The iPad Syndrome: Are Our Children's Hands Weakening?

Computers and touch screen mobile devices are essential parts of modern life. From when we wake to the moment we sleep, too much of our time is spent plugging our faces into the screens of our mobile devices. But as the world is becoming increasingly interconnected and mobile-based, we’re only going to spend more time staring at our phones and computers. For most doctors, that’s a problem - spending too much time on our devices and computers creates potential mental and physical hea...
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The Selective Outrage Against Malaysian Women

The ruckus at last weekend's Women’s March was a result of a long-standing discrimination against women. But the recent uptick in prejudicial and patriarchal acts might have been prompted by the outrage from Neelofa’s hijab launch at Zouk. These past few weeks saw Malaysian women become easy targets of harassment and abuse. Conservatives have been voicing out their displeasure for everything that concerned women’s rights, their appearance and their status in society. And, as l...
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Changing How We See Vocational Education

Back in school, my dream was to coach-build cars. The premise was simple: I would restore any old car by adding the reliability and functionality of modern cars while keeping the old car’s identity and simplicity. The selling point? It’ll be cheaper than taking out 5-year loan on a new car that depreciates the moment you drive out of the showroom.  To achieve that dream, I needed to go to a vocational school to learn every craft in the book - from rebuilding an engine, to tanni...
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The K-Pop Factory

There is this global phenomenon called the Korean Wave, or Hallyu, where more and more people are consuming South Korean culture. This infatuation is heavily driven by the success of K-Pop, where its fans obsess over the flamboyant and engaging nature of the genre and its idols. But the successes of K-Pop that resulted in the enthusiasm for South Korean culture was no accident. Since the mid-nineties, South Korea’s Ministry of Culture has invested vast amounts of resources to revitalise t...
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Cash, Card or... Mobile?

China’s two largest mobile payment platforms, Alipay and WeChat Pay, have already revolutionised the way China and its people pay for things. And now they’re trying to do the same with the rest of the world.  Just three years ago in China, almost all of its traders, vendors, taxi cabs relied on cash to pay for things. Today, you’d struggle to pay for food at a wet market and your taxi fare without a mobile phone and a China-based bank account. Their shops are littere...
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Terry Kath: A Forgotten Guitar Legend

Yesterday, January 23rd 2018, was the 40th anniversary of Terry Kath’s death. I pay tribute to one of the greatest musicians that the world forgot about. On seemingly routine night playing at a popular West Hollywood nightclub in 1968, an admirable man approached Chicago’s saxophonist, Walt Parazadier, to say something that changed the fortunes of the band forever. All the man ever said was:"Jeez, your horn players are like one set of lungs and your guitar player is better than me."...
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