Commentary: The lessons we learn in Malaysia

Commentary: The lessons we learn in Malaysia

As an eventful year in Malaysia comes to an end, it's time to look back at the year that was and relive the agony, the joy and the suspense. We can also look at the lessons we have learnt - if any.

It has been an exciting few days of Christmas.

And it's not just the bomb blasts, the wars or the nasty weather.

The big man in red has been busy, too .

First, there was this bunch of guys in red and white and cotton beards taking "santa-stage" on a New York street, with a massive drunken brawl ... and they tell you Santa knows if you have been bad or good.

Then, there was Santa in Poland, waving to his flock before driving his sleigh into a wall. Poor Santa ended up with a concussion - and a drink driving charge as well.

It wasn't just the jolly old guy.

In Washington, someone shot Santa's deputy. And it took the Grinch to step in and save the celebrations by handing out the gifts.

It's been that kind of Christmas.

But now that it's all done and dusted, it's time to look forward to the new year.

There's a lot to look ahead to - or not. Yes, there's the big samba party at the Brazil World Cup.

Then, there's the electricity tariff hike and the assessment hike in Kuala Lumpur. Thank God, though, that the toll hike has been put off.

While we ponder all these hikes, let's take a walk down 2013 and look back at the year that was, the many events - both good and bad - that happened throughout the year and the lessons we learnt from them.

Here are some of the events that live on vividly in this writer's head.

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