Archive for April, 2008

China-Bashing Season Has Begun

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

While the simplistic thesis put forward by Samuel Huntington in his work ‘The Clash of Civilisations’ reads like a paltry script from a bad movie, it has to be said that bad scripts are often the most believable and effective. It was Huntington who predicted that in the wake of the Cold War a new [...]

Khalwat, Anyone?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

So far, so good: Two months on after the general elections of March it
would appear as if some semblance of normality has returned and
Malaysian life is meandering along at its normal KL-traffic jam pace.
Despite the scare tactics that were employed during the election
campaign, none of the worst-case scenarios have been played out and our
mothers have [...]

A Wave of Change Across Southeast Asia? But counter-currents too

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

The
latest results from the governorial elections in the provinces of
West Java and North Sumatra, Indonesia, would suggest that a
sea-change of sorts is taking place in Indonesia. Shortly after the
shock election results following the General Elections held in
Malaysia earlier this year, the governorial elections of Indonesia
has led to the victory of the Justice and Prosperity party [...]

Malaysia’s Islamic Party on Road to Change?

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

As the dust settles in the wake of the recent elections in Malaysia, many political observers are asking the question of whether the coalition of opposition parties, who are ever so close to gaining an upper hand in the Parliament, are actually about to come to power for the first time. In the midst of [...]

So Is Islam Hadari To Be Enforced By Whipping Now?

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

I
am having a tough time writing this particular article as I am
absolutely consumed by anger at the moment. In fact, I am livid as I
have never been for such a long time.

The
reason for this sudden rise in my blood pressure level is that after a
two-day seminar organised by the Institute for Islamic Understanding
(IKIM) and the [...]

Linguistic Supremacy and Hegemony: The Roads Not Taken post-1969

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Below is an excerpt of an essay I am currently writing entitled: "The Many Roads Not Taken post-1969"

Our failure to develop a Malaysian language for us all:

One
of the most glaring failures of the Malaysian nation-building project
is our failure to develop a national language that is actually used as
the lingua franca of all Malaysians. While the [...]