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Let’s be cosmopolitan and leave multi-ethnicity behind

Editorial for Penang Monthly, April 2015 By OOI KEE BENG It is fascinating how seemingly innocuous words actually are not. Especially those that sound neutral, even ethically positive. That is why the sage never thinks in haste, because he knows the words that bear his thoughts cannot be trusted and his listener’s ability to understand … Continue reading

Nation must embrace a new stage in its development

By Ooi Kee Beng For The Edge, Malaysia, 25th August 2012 ELECTIONS are on the way, and an endless stream of promises will be forthcoming. The good thing is that Malaysians are such a politically savvy people — and this is paradoxically a sad reflection on the state of politics in the country’s recent history … Continue reading

Urban parochialism, rural cosmopolitanism

Editorial for December 2011 By Ooi Kee Beng, Something that increasingly troubles me is the received supposition that urbanites are cosmopolitan by virtue of being urbanites. Not only does that bias attribute what in modern eyes is a morally desirable quality to the mere experience of living in densely populated areas, it also assigns the … Continue reading