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Noses don’t grow back

Editorial, Penang Monthly June 2015 By OOI KEE BENG It is very sad that the state of Penang is being ignored in the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020). None of the infrastructure projects the Penang government presented for financial support has been accepted by the federal government. Putrajaya seems to imagine that Malaysia will reach advanced … Continue reading

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

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

Will Nation Building Resume after May 5?

By Ooi Kee Beng; in The Edge Kuala Lumpur, 22 April 2013 BN at the brink In early April 2009, top leaders of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) succeeded in dismissing Abdullah Badawi as president of the party and thus, also as prime minister of Malaysia. This was exactly one year after Abdullah had … Continue reading

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

[Malaysia’s Changing Political Landscape] By OOI KEE BENG for The Straits Times, 29 March 2013 While waiting for the 13th general elections to be declared, campaigned and decided, one should step back and consider how much Malaysia’s political culture has actually changed over the last five years. In fact, the palpable mood of apprehension and … Continue reading

Journalism – is too much information bad?

By Dr Ooi Kee Beng | Yahoo Newsroom – March 11, 2013 [Photo by Bazuki Muhammad, Reuters] Nothing unites a country the way a national crisis does. But although the Sulu militia intrusion in Sabah has indeed made Malaysians want to put aside differences—at least for a while—the seriousness of the situation brings some realisation … Continue reading

More bee than butterfly in this boxing ring

By Ooi Kee Beng For THE EDGE, Kuala Lumpur, 24 Feb 2013 Now when only weeks remain before the 13th general elections take place, it is interesting to see how Malaysia has irrefutably become a two-party state, with polarised arguments, populist policy contests, and uncertainty about who will gain the right to form the next … Continue reading

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

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