Malaysian Envelopment

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How concepts relate to each other is always revealing. A close look at them always arouses new ways of thinking. The same goes for discovering the lost origins of words.

Most of us have feasted ourselves on the connections between “revolution”, “evolution” and even “involution”. Lately, “devolution” has gained great relevance in the discussion about power structures in Malaysia.

Then there is the gold mine of “reform”, “deform”, “inform”, “conform”, “uniform”, “perform”, “transform” and what have you. Deconstructing these words in one’s head can be as much fun as food-hunting at a buffet; and as nourishing for the mind as the latter is for the body.


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