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e-THOUGHT
VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 (APRIL - JUNE, 2010)

In this issue:

MALAYSIA: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT? CHANGE IT OR LOSE IT?



"A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example"
(Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine political philosopher, 1469-1527)
Comment: Like Nelson Mandela?

"The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not" (Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine political philosopher, 1469-1527)
Comment: Wise advice for the Internet Age?

"I don't need intelligent, honest, hard-working people in Parliament. My Members of Parliament should stand when I enter the chamber, thump the table and shout, 'Long Live Mahathir!'" (Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's Machiavellian Prime Minister from 1981 to 2003)
Comment: Meaning what? It's OK for MPs from the ruling regime to be not-so-bright, very economical with the truth and productivity-challenged?

Articles

Why I Chose to Return to Malaysia
Will More of Us Do the Same? (Especially After A Regime Change?)

Elsewhere ....

Why I Left
Voices from the One Million-plus Malaysian Diaspora

Why I Left (II)
More Voices from the One Million-plus Malaysian Diaspora

The State of Malaysia in Early 2010
What Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah Thinks

Martin Luther King's Economic Dream Deferred
The Colour of the President's/Prime Minister's Skin Does Not Matter, His/Her Policies Matter!

Dictator of the Month
Interesting Site, Time for an Update!

Fate of (Most) Dictators
Is It Really Better to be Feared Than to be Loved?

Noam Chomsky on Obama's America
For Truth, Justice and the (Progressive) American Way

Chuckles

The Doctor and the Ambulance
Not Cowed