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Marks of a Sincere Malaysian Leader

By Ooi Kee Beng In Penang Monthly [December 2012] and in New Mandala, Australia National University, 26 September 2012 There is an anecdote told among close acquaintances of the late Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s feared and respected Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister in the early 1970s, that he once in confidence said … Continue reading

A grave injustice avoided

By Ooi Kee Beng For TODAY, Singapore│10 January 2012 The High Court verdict on Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial must be seen as a big triumph for the three-member opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat (PR). One of the biggest challenges that it has in trying to win federal power is to convince voters that it has the … Continue reading

Anwar acquittal boosts Malaysia’s opposition

By Dr Ooi Kee Beng (9 January 2012) for BBC Online To the great surprise of many of his followers, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was found not guilty of the sodomy charge brought against him by a former aide. High Court judge Zabidin Mohamad Diah declared him innocent early on Monday morning, while huge … Continue reading

In Malaysia, reforms take a staggered path

By Ooi Kee Beng, 3 December 2011, in TODAY, Singapore The leader of the Youth Wing declared at the United Malays National Organisation’s (UMNO) annual assembly held this week that the opposition parties had been vehemently opposing the Peaceful Assembly Act because they were hoping to create the conditions for widespread demonstrations in the hope … Continue reading

Biases in technology – The case of the bicycle

By Ooi Kee Beng [PEM August 2011 Editorial] Most of us are prepared to accept the notion that Science is objective. The application of Science, however, is another story. Technology is driven not only by the matrix of demand and supply, it also springs from cultural biases. Once a new technology has rooted itself, society … Continue reading