Veteran Malaysian Diplomat Sounds Alarm over Tyranny

Veteran Malaysian Diplomat Sounds Alarm over TyrannyOvercome our fear or go quietly into the dark night that awaits us Fear is filling our land. People are becoming increasingly afraid of their government, a government which has been amassing more and more power to harass, intimidate, threaten, punish or imprison those who oppose or disagree with it. The goal is to cow…

Opinion: The Lies of Malaysia’s Attorney General

Opinion: The Lies of Malaysia’s Attorney GeneralWhen a Malaysian deputy prosecutor named Kevin Morais disappeared on Sept. 4 last year after leaving his condominium in Kuala Lumpur on his way to work, the rumor spread that the 55-year-old Morais, who was gay, probably had tired of his job with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and had left with his lover, probably for…

Opinion: Malaysia Must Not Create ‘Christianophobia’

Opinion: Malaysia Must Not Create ‘Christianophobia’Many Malaysians are angry and deeply bothered by Universiti  Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Shah Alam organizing what was reported as an “anti-Christianization” conference, held on Dec. 12. It was the second such seminar held on the campus in 2015. There is nothing new about the practice of such institutions in…

Opinion: Don’t Expect KL’s Press to Deliver a Malaysiagate

Opinion: Don’t Expect KL’s Press to Deliver a MalaysiagateA writer named Azrul Mohd Khalib, writing on the Malay Mail website, has written a long review of All the President’s Men, the iconic 1976 movie relating the roles of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post in bringing down the disgraced President Richard Nixon in 1974. I do not know…

Opinion: A Call for Democratic Reform in Malaysia

Opinion: A Call for Democratic Reform in MalaysiaThis weekend, Malaysia will have a mammoth 34-hour “Bersih 4” rally in the national capital Kuala Lumpur and regional capitals Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in East Malaysia. Hundreds of thousands are expected to color the cities yellow, echoed by the Malaysian diaspora in 56 cities worldwide. “Bersih” means “clean” in Malaysia’s national language. It is…

Opinion: Malaysia’s Broken System

Opinion: Malaysia’s Broken SystemIt is ironic that a chorus of leaders from the United Malays National Organization have accused critics of scandal-scarred Prime Minister Najib Razak of “seeking to destroy parliamentary democracy in Malaysia.” There is no parliamentary democracy in Malaysia.  Malaysia’s government is broken. Every institution that exists in a normal democracy to protect the people does…

Opinion: The Music has Stopped in Malaysia

Opinion: The Music has Stopped in MalaysiaAs Malaysian markets, bonds and the ringgit plunge, futile Bank Negara interventions fail and the last remaining cash reserves melt down day in day out, all we observe from far afield is a multilayered music chair dance going on among the Barisan Nasional and its leading component party, the United Malays National Organization. All of…

Opinion: Who Will Stand Up to Najib?

Opinion: Who Will Stand Up to Najib?The news this week that former strongman Mahathir Mohamad and his one-time rival for power, Tengku Razaleigh, have met in KL to discuss forming a “unity government” to take over from scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak, is predictably tantalyzing to many Malaysians looking for a way out of an intractable political crisis. But simply getting…

Opinion: Malaysia Needs Tengku Razaleigh Now

Opinion: Malaysia Needs Tengku Razaleigh NowThe current parlous state of affairs in our country reminds me of one of my favorite songs from the 1960s, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” only with the Joe Dimaggio reference changed to fit today’s crisis in Malaysia: Where have you gone, Tengku Razaleigh? / A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. (woo woo…

The Threat of Islamic Law in Malaysia

The Threat of Islamic Law in MalaysiaThe political debate in Malaysia appears to be trapped in menace as the specter of Kelantan’s barbaric hudud law, which advocates 7th-century punishments including amputation for theft and stoning to death for adultery, among others, continues to loom over the country. A paper by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, known as Jakim, that was discussed…
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