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When the national narrative loses the script

By Ooi Kee Beng For The EDGE Malaysia, April 2015 Malaysia is in serious trouble today because the different narratives that have been driving politics in the country for more than half a century have come into direct conflict with each other. This shows more clearly than ever that what was always important for social … Continue reading


Jokowi’s victory is a regional one

By OOI KEE BENG For THE EDGE MALAYSIA, 3 August 2014 The whole region held its breath as it waited for the final result of Indonesia’s fifth presidential election to be announced on 22 July, 2014. Following exit polls done on election day on 9 July, both candidates had declared victory, and the tension worsened … Continue reading


Representativeness is the basis of social harmony

By OOI KEE BENG Editorial for Penang Monthly, September 2013 I remember spending a lot of time in my teenage years wondering how societies are possible. Noticing how difficult it is for people to get along, I wondered what the key mechanisms are underlying the impressive stability one finds in societies whose members can number … Continue reading


Polls of countless issues

By Ooi Kee Beng For The Edge Review [www.theedgereview.com]; 26 April – 2 May 2013 How best to frame Malaysia’s coming general elections for a better understanding of where the country is at? We certainly can’t compare it to a summer’s day. It would be more correct to liken it to a monsoon storm where … Continue reading