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Much to learn from open debates

Abdul Razak, Dzulkifli (2019) Much to learn from open debates. The Sun Daily, 2 February 2019.

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HAVING been to Indonesia recently after some time gave me a somewhat different feel. Ironically, it felt like Malaysia at one point in time. The terminal where the MAS plane landed was surprisingly cheerful and welcoming – reminiscent of KLIA when it was dubbed as the airport in the forest. It was not cluttered. In fact, luxuriously spacious just as in the Jakarta bandara (airport). In addition, passengers on arrival were offered buggy rides to the immigration station which is quite a distance away. The passage through the immigration and customs was swift and friendly. Smiles everywhere. In all, the travel was pleasant. This was how KLIA was once a upon a time as far as I recall. Today it is vastly different. The place seems cluttered with adverts and displays almost randomly located. Some are oversized and rather out of place. It is overcrowded with “duty free” outlets as though we are in a megamall. A shopper’s paradise as it were. The airport in the forest tag is not relevant any more. The new forest is populated with shops and more shops selling the same stuff found in other airports all over the world.

Item Type: Article (Newspaper)
Additional Information: 8585/72368
Uncontrolled Keywords: open debates
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Office of the Rector
Depositing User: Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak
Date Deposited: 28 May 2019 10:34
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2020 06:24
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/72368

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