Mothers, Thy Name is Worry

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

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Women may not all have been born multitaskers, but mothers, whether working mums or not, definitely are.In fact, it may not be possible to define motherhood any other way, which is why we react with such deep shock when we hear of mothers neglecting their children. We assume in such cases, and almost always rightly, that something is forcing her into an unnatural situation – be it social pressure, family honour, religious doctrine and such like.First of all, let’s put...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: