Archive for October, 2007

Malaysia: The People Are Fed Up

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

At a recent Law Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, bluntly told the country’s lawyers that demonstrations and protests about the apparent mismanagement of the country will do little to change things but will only give the ‘wrong impression’ that ‘something is wrong in the country’, and that [...]

Living under the shadow of the ‘kerajaan’

Monday, October 15th, 2007

(Note: This article first appeared on in March 2000)
We are often told that the Malay word for government is kerajaan. This, for those who are aware of the subtle semantic shifts and differences that are constantly at work in the Malay language, is of course a bad translation.
Kerajaan literally means “to be in a [...]

Burma’s Monks: Ethics is not confined to Books and Temples

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

By now the international community is fully aware of the recent developments in Burma, a country that has been under military rule and isolated from the rest of the globe since 1963. The images of Burmese Buddhist monks taking to the streets and defying the armed might of the Burmese junta and its security apparatus [...]

Hobbes’ Leviathan Revisited

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Hobbes’ Leviathan Revisited: An analysis of power and authority in the framework of the centralised Malaysian state
(Note: This article first appeared on the (now defunct) website, freeMalaysia ( and posted on the USENET newsgroup, soc.culture.malaysia in March 1999)
In the light of the present economic and political crisis that has swept across Malaysia recently, [...]

Secularism is not our enemy: A Muslim’s open letter

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

(Note: This article/letter was first published in 1999. I’m not sure exactly where, but it first appeared in the Usenet Newsgroup, soc.culture.malaysia in March 1999. Strangely enough, most of the points made eight years ago seem to still be relevant today. – Yusseri)
An Open Letter To Malaysian Islamists Seeking A Project To Call Their Own.
Dear [...]