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THE Fifth World Hap­pi­ness Re­port 2017 was re­leased on March 20 by the United Na­tions Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment So­lu­tions Net­work (SDSN).

Malaysia ranked 42nd in the World Hap­pi­ness In­dex out of 155 coun­tries. We could have fared bet­ter with some ad­just­ments to our poli­cies.

SDSN di­rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Jef­frey Sachs, who is also the head of Jef­frey Sachs Cen­tre on Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment that is fi­nanced by a US$10-mil­lion (RM44 mil­lion) grant from the Jef­frey Cheah Foun­da­tion and housed at Sun­way Uni­ver­sity in Malaysia, rec­om­mended that na­tions em­u­late the United Arab Emi­rates in ap­point­ing a min­is­ter of hap­pi­ness.

Do we need a min­is­ter of hap­pi­ness? Since hap­pi­ness is what we all seek in life, why not give it pri­or­ity by for­mu­lat­ing poli­cies and prac­tices to im­prove well­be­ing and qual­ity of life?

What is the point of pur­su­ing eco­nomic growth per se if the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple are not happy? Of course, we can ap­point the prime min­is­ter as our min­is­ter of hap­pi­ness as well. But we need more com­pre­hen­sive poli­cies that are im­ple­mented well to en­sure that the low-in­come group is happy.

Hence, I think Malaysia should ap­point a min­is­ter of hap­pi­ness.

MON­DAY, MARCH 27, 2017

(clar­ias gariepi­nus).

The im­pact of the African cat­fish or other alien fish species on our en­vi­ron­ment should be treated with the same con­cerns as oil spills.

Malaysia ranked 42nd out of 155 coun­tries in the World Hap­pi­ness In­dex .

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