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The Written Word in a Democratised World

KEYNOTE SPEECH at the George Town Literary Festival 2013 held on 29 November to 1 December 2013. By OOI KEE BENG Literature and the Individual The only subject I was really excited by when I went to school here in Penang four decades ago was Literature, both as a subject and in the form of … 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

Tariq Ramadan—Islam reviewed from within

PENANG MONTHLY editor Ooi Kee Beng and Roketkini editor Wan Hamidi Hamid interview Professor Tariq Ramadan on the sidelines of the 3rd Penang in Asia Lecture organized by Penang Institute at the Traders’ Hotel, 17th July 2012. The writings of Tariq Ramadan have often been criticized for being contradictory, and in this conversation, they to … 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

Of Female Liberation and Suppression

By OOI KEE BENG [Editorial in PENANG MONTHLY, April 2012] For all movements of liberation, the key to successful initiatives lies in identifying what the means of sustained suppression are, and to know which area is the most strategic to attack at a given time. No doubt, some areas are more fundamental than others and … Continue reading

A Monthly Dose of Penangiana

By Ooi Kee Beng [Editorial in Penang Monthly, http://www.penangmonthly.com] It has now been two years since this magazine, Penang Economic Monthly, was revamped into a new colourful product meant for wider circulation and sale. The reasons why that had to be done are still valid. In fact, they are more valid than ever. After March … Continue reading

Woo, the Lucky Economist

For some reason, Penang has produced many economists who have made substantial impact on the global stage. Prof Woo Wing Thye of Thean Teik Road is one of the foremost among them. As a young boy, he was curious about the outside world, and managed to clear his own path to the top, always helped … Continue reading

A Pressman’s Progress

By Ooi Kee Beng for Penang Economic Monthly, August 2011 Standfirst: Leaving one place does not mean that you have a definite destination in mind. For Tan Thean Peng, the conditions of a journalistic career saw him working for a long line of employers throughout the region, from Sydney to Bangkok to Hong Kong. Finally, … Continue reading

Book review – Straits Muslims: Diasporas of the Northern Passage of the Straits of Malacca

Wazir Jahan Karim (Ed): Straits Muslims: Diasporas of the Northern Passage of the Straits of Malacca. Straits G.T. of Intersocietal and Scientific, 2009. REVIEW by Ooi Kee Beng Maritime Southeast Asia was – and is – a region filled with port cities. Such urban centres tend to concentrate both power and money. But more than … Continue reading

Bookstores and our weak sense of self-worth (PEM Editorial April 2011)

I SHALL tell you a secret. Whenever in Dublin, I actually prefer browsing through bookstores to bumming down at a public house for a piece of steak washed down with a stout. And truly, only in Ireland does Guinness Stout taste like it should. No, I cannot keep away from Irish bookstores. The range is … Continue reading