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Political Populism, Public Opinions and Prime Ministers

By Ooi Kee Beng For The Edge, Kuala Lumpur, September 29, 2014 It is indeed a heavy sign of the times that more and more ex-leaders are adopting the Internet as the preferred avenue for publicising their views. And why should they not? The arrival of the World Wide Web and all the fast-evolving social … Continue reading

Malaysia’s democratically elected leaders must act

By OOI KEE BENG, For The Edge, Kuala Lumpur, 3-7 February 2014. WITH rising racial and religious intolerance dominating the stage in Malaysia, the basic unresolved problem in the country’s development becomes painfully apparent once again, and questions begged to be asked and answered, again. Principally, how can the diverse cultural terrain that is Malaysia … Continue reading

Time for Penang to lead again

By Ooi Kee Beng [Editorial in PENANG MONTHLY, Feb 2013] Penangites are one proud people. That is not even a controversial statement. They are proud of their food, their history and their geography. They have every reason to be proud. Penang has been the initiator of much is has been good for the country. It … Continue reading

Malaysia’s togetherness survives despite its leaders

By Ooi Kee Beng, for The Edge, Malaysia. 26 December 2013. Whether we like it or not, a large part of the political and administrative infrastructure that Malaysia has today comes from the British. There is much that is of value in that system, and it is up to later generations – meaning the present … Continue reading

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