The A B Cs of Malaysia
A is for Anwar Ibrahim
Still the most controversial series of events in Malaysia’s
B is for Bailouts
Shows why we should be skeptical of New Right
economic theories about the benefits of privatization etc.
C is for Class
The NEP and the emergence of a Malay middle class and a
Malay working class
D is for Democracy
“Where the people lead, the leaders will have to follow”
E is for Environmental degradation
“Paved paradise, they’ve put up a parking lot”
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell
F is for Foot-in-Mouth disease
A certain PAS leader seems to be prone to this
G is for Gender relations
“Sisters in Islam”, combining Islam with feminism
H is for Health
The Citizens’ Health Initiative and the fight against
privatization of public health facilities
I is for Islamic revivalism
It’s up to progressive Muslim intellectuals to move it
J is for JE Epidemic
Oops! I mean the Nipah Virus epidemic
K is for Kiasuism
It’s now a Malaysian disease too
L is for Land
East Malaysian natives and their fight against the timber
M is for Mahathirism
1. See Khoo Boo Teik’s book “Paradoxes of Mahathirism”
2. “I do not really mind what they think of me. What I consider important is whether I have served them well or not …. What difference does it make what people think of you?” (Mahathir bin Mohamed, New Straits Times, 3/9/2000)
N is for Newspeak
Present in Malaysian political discourse too
O is for Orang Asli
Still the most deprived of Malaysia’s ethnic groups.
How about a New Economic Policy for them?
P is for Putrajaya
Q is for Quality news and analysis
We definitely need more of this in Malaysia
R is for Race Relations
Can’t we just get along with each other?
S is for Sabah and Sarawak
Let’s not forget they are part of “Malaysia” too
T is for Transportation
We won’t end traffic woes by building more and more roads.
We need better public transport.
U is for Universal Tertiary Education
A minimum of two years of post-secondary education for all
V is for Violence
What’s the matter with our society? Why are we getting more
and more violent?
W is for Welfare
Where are all the people displaced from plantations going to
work and live?
X is for Xenophobia
And for ill-treatment and exploitation of foreign workers
Y is for Y2K
Much ado about nothing
Z is for Zoo
What do you know, the National Zoo is smack in the middle
of urban sprawl! (See “E is for Environmental degradation”)