The Leap Malaysia Needs to Make

On March 22, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, 72, the longest-serving member of the Malaysian Parliament and a Kelantan prince, spoke to a Petaling Jaya crowd to launch the second edition of a book, "No Cowardly Past, by James Puthucheary. The speech, however, while it referred to Puthucheary's book, was instead an extraordinary, wide-ranging critique of the current Malaysian government. It is not the first critical speech by Tengku Razaleigh, a one-time finance minister and one of the longest-serving members of the United Malays National Organization, who is beginning to turn into the conscience of his race and his country. Asia Sentinel presents the following excerpts from the speech:

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