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Malaysia’s Reformasi Movement Lives Up To Its Name

By OOI KEE BENG, Published on 19 May, 2018 by Heinrich Böll Stiftung on their website: https://th.boell.org/en/2018/05/18/malaysias-reformasi-movement-lives-its-name Advertisements

Mahathir: Renaissance Man

By Ooi Kee Beng, 15 May 2018 http://www.thetea.house/observations/mahathir-renaissance-man/

A revolution in Malaysia? Not so fast

By Ooi Kee Beng, for the South China Morning Post, 11 May 2018. http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2145457/revolution-malaysia-not-so-fast

The bewildering game of Malaysian politics, the rot within the Barisan Nasional

By Ooi Kee Beng, in ChannelNewsAsia Commentaries, 10 May 2018. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/malaysia-general-elections-ooi-kee-beng-rot-barisan-nasional-10221134

Speaking truth to power

Book review by Ooi Kee Beng (Lim Teck Ghee: Challenging Malaysia’s Status Quo. SIRD: 2018) In Mekong Review, April 2018. The easy access to information that the digital revolution has brought us has altered how we handle facts and how our cognitive processes work. Our reading habits today are characterised by impatience; we want information … Continue reading

Outraged Enough to Go Vote or Cynical Enough to Stay Home?

By Ooi Kee Beng Cover story in Penang Monthly, April 2018 The world may be stunned by the enormity of national scandals that have hit Malaysia and further dazed by the flippant official explanations that accompany them. Yet, the ruling BN remains expressly confident of victory in the coming elections. A high enough voter turnout, … Continue reading

A Final Quarrel Between a Repentant Grandfather and Old-fashioned Self-absorbed Parents

By Ooi Kee Beng Penang Monthly Editorial for April 2018 As the 14th general election draws near, the sense that Malaysia – and the whole Asia-Pacific region, for that matter – must now leap into a new era is growing stronger by the day. What seems common to advanced countries and developing countries alike is … Continue reading

Words Cannot Carry Meaning the Way Actions Do

By Ooi Kee Beng, for The Edge Weekly, March 26, 2018 Humans will always go into conflicts. It is understandable, and even acceptable when these are due to irreconcilable differences in material interests, be these economic in nature or cultural. But more often than not, conflicts grow out of differences in the words used rather … Continue reading

Why Meet the 21st Century with 20th Century Mindsets?

By OOI KEE BENG, Editorial, Penang Monthly March 2018. We should not forget that in the days before social media and news websites, the flow of information – basically through schools and through daily newspapers, television and radio stations – was highly centralised and easily controlled. Then came the 1990s, and the internet took over … Continue reading

Individual freedom is a matter of national survival

By Ooi Kee Beng, for The Edge Malaysia, Feb 26 – Mar 4, 2018 A new era is upon us. This is no longer a controversial statement as far as I can gather. Indeed, it is a boring truism by now. A new page in our already speedy times has been turned, and it is … Continue reading

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