There goes another of our gems.
Although I have not met Terence Gomez personally, I have read many of his works and I have tremendous, tremendous respect for him.
I agree two years is too long a time to ask for a sabbatical.
But, why not work out something like a no pay leave, or pay him only the basic salary while he goes UN-ing?
Malaysia being Malaysia, she shoots another bird dead.
I am stunned...
Terence, I am pleased you have decided to get out of that hole.
As they say, the world is now your oyster... good luck, my friend!
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