A phrase waiting to be defined as soon as possible

Mustafa K. Anuar

After a Conference of Rulers meeting on Wednesday, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong decreed that the suspended Parliament ought to be reconvened ‘as soon as possible’ to allow MPs to debate the emergency laws and the national recovery plan. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 18, 2021.

UNDER normal circumstances, the phrase “as soon as possible” (ASAP) conveys a sense of urgency that most people would be able to wrap around their heads without much difficulty.

But then, we seem to be living under abnormal conditions as ASAP has of late been read in various ways to the extent that it has become curiously contentious in our political landscape.

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