Parveen Kaur Harnam

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Inside Story: Will New Laws Help Relationship Between Landlord and Tenants by BFM: The Business Station (Radio Interview)

24 Feb 2022 On 24.02.2022, Malaysia’s BFM Radio Station (a business radio station) did a story on the proposed Residential Tenancy Act. This was in light of the Unified Public Consultation, where the proposal was open to the feedback of stakeholders and the general public. I spoke about the proposed act, what it entails, howContinue reading “Inside Story: Will New Laws Help Relationship Between Landlord and Tenants by BFM: The Business Station (Radio Interview)”

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

In this true form of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen canvasses a story, with wit and gumption, of what is essentially the plight of all women in the 1800s. Women in this era had little choice but to marry well to create a life for themselves. Yes, there is a highly readable magnetic relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. But at the crux of it, Austen is crying out – with her written words – an almost violent question: what sort of society treats women like this? This cry is most loudly heard in the deliberate dynamic of the Bennet family. Mr. and Mrs. Bennet never bore a male child. This has led to the entirety of the family estate being bestowed (quite unwillingly) on the nearest male next-of-kin upon Mr. Bennet’s death. The next-of-kin? An oleaginous, equal parts obsequious and elitist Mr. Collins. The way in which this character is written sends a clear message: that the inheritance laws in Regency-era Britain were damagingly patriarchal. This is a message that is consistent, throughout the novel. The message is infused into conversations and even the private contemplations of the protagonists.

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