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Even political status quo spells change in Malaysia

By Ooi Kee Beng For The Straits Times, Singapore (22 Feb 2013) Change is at hand! D-Day is approaching! The Day of Reckoning is nigh! Malaysia’s 13th General Elections is inspiring all sorts of sensational outbursts. But hyperbolically stated or not, the cold fact remains that the results on Election Day will be highly significant. … Continue reading

The Resurgence of Social Activism in Malaysia

By Ooi Kee Beng, For ISEAS Perspective, SINGAPORE, 26 Nov 2012 INTRODUCTION Malaysia’s Parliament has to be dissolved by the end of April 2013, following which Malaysians must go to the polls within 60 days. Nothing significant about that, except that this 13th general election is a critical one which will decide how the country’s politics … Continue reading

“Heal Malaysia” – A Slogan for the Elections

By OOI KEE BENG [Editorial for PENANG MONTHLY, May 2012] We can read books on Malaysia’s history by scholars of various persuasions all we want. In the end, the solution to the ills suffered by the country over the last half century will have to come from discussions about principles, not about contested facts. We … Continue reading

A general over a hesitant army

Caught between hardliners and need for change, PM Najib’s slow pace of reforms fed Bersih 3.0’s huge crowds By Ooi Kee Beng For TODAY Newspaper │ 30 April 2012 And so the third Bersih rally has taken place. It cannot be understood in isolation from the political dynamics of the last few years. The demonstration … Continue reading

Bersih 2.0 is Najib’s biggest challenge

The planned July 9 rally will be a deciding point for Malaysia  By Ooi Kee Beng for TODAY │ 4 July 2011 AS JULY 9 looms closer, the administration of Malaysia’s Premier Najib Abdul  Razak feels itself more and more pushed into a corner. This coming Saturday threatens to be a day of reckoning for … Continue reading