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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Communicate from the heart

THIS is my 16th year writing for the New Straits Times (NST). It started in 1994 to coincide with the establishment of Pusat Racun Negara (National Poison Centre) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Pusat Racun Negara also doubles as the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Drug Information. The former is a first for Malaysia; the latter, a first in Asia.

A weekly column in NST was a conduit for Pusat Racun Negara to help the public understand its role as well as gauge their expectations.

The column played a useful part, judging by the public's response. The centre also took action based on information provided by the public.


Over the years, the scope of the column expanded to engage the man in the street in other issues of interest, especially education, global events, science and health.

It has been rewarding to be able to reach out and learn from others. It can be difficult at times but that is the nature of any good discourse! It helps to build trust and mutual respect which is a must in the world of education.



Read more: Perspective: Communicate from the heart http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/21dd/Article#ixzz16JBgvW44

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