Sunday, 1 June 2014
New Sunday Times
This was an article contribution by Associate Professor Syed Farid Alatas from the Departments of Sociology and Malay Studies at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, on the spirit of volunteerism. He highlighted that volunteering does not involve just extending physical but cognitive and emotional help as well. Assoc Prof Alatas opined that there is an urgent need for the development of a strong civil society to help Malaysia realise its developmental goals, and the struggle for development in Malaysia is, in fact, the struggle for democratic space as well as a moral order. He added that such a struggle should not be seen to be at odds with the spirit of Islam.