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The More Satire We Accept, the More Mature We Are

By Ooi Kee Beng For THE EDGE, Malaysia. Feb 24 – Mar 2, 2014 Regimentation is elemental to Nation building. The issue is about “How”. How are the processes of social regulation, legal control, central education and negotiated buy-ins arranged?; how is national pride and identity, not to mention national knowledge and aspirations, developed and … Continue reading

Is Malaysia a Pressure Cooker or a Chrysalis?

By OOI KEE BENG, for THE EDGE, Malaysia. 15 December 2013 If there is one thing everyone can agree upon about Malaysia, it is that the status quo—however one wants to describe that—is not satisfactory. From the Prime Minister down to the Malaysian on the street, from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Rakyat, from PAS to … Continue reading

Navigating Malaysian politics’ hall of mirrors

By OOI KEE BENG For TODAY Newspaper, Singapore: 12 December 2013 The art of studying Malaysian politics is about hearing the signals despite of the noise; this is not always easy because the noise is always so much louder. To switch metaphor, it is more like being in a room full of mirrors. To keep … Continue reading

Governments and Citizens – Who Should be Grateful to Whom?

By OOI KEE BENG, Editorial in Penang Monthly, October 2013 An important issue that should surface during coming debates about the impending Goods and Services Tax (GST) is how it affects the basic relation between the government and the Rakyat. The curse of having ample natural resources – which Malaysia has suffered from to a … Continue reading