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The Musée d’Orsay sits by the Seine in Paris. On one of the museum walls is hung a large painting by Thomas Couture. Named Romans during the Decadence, the work demands anybody passing by it to stop, decipher and contemplate Couture’s message for a minute or two. Decadence has statues representing the better Roman spirit […]

Text to the Transpacific Partnership came out today. I have yet to go through it fully. It is massive and it can be technical. It is worse than Sejarah Melayu. It will take time. Nevertheless, I attended a briefing at the trade ministry earlier today and I think I understand the gist of the most important chapters. My somewhat […]

I think I am well-exposed to foreigners’ opinions about Malaysia beyond the editorial stance of various foreign newspapers. I have friends of diverse national origins and I work for a global organization where many of my colleagues are not Malaysians. I keep in touch with them regularly and so I get to learn of their […]

PAP’s better-than-expected victory in Singapore has gotten BN supporters in Malaysia excited. It tickles me to no end watching BN people looking into the Singaporean mirror and seeing men in white instead of their own reflection. They see the Singaporean reality and confuse it for a Malaysian one. Perhaps there is something wrong with the lens they wear for BN is […]

Late after midnight… on the wall of one of the buildings along Jalan Tun Perak previously filled with protesters in yellow.

In solidarity with the balloon girl… KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — Police have charged a woman who was detained earlier today for distributing Bersih 4 balloons at an upscale shopping mall here for allegedly attempting to stir some trouble, according to the suspect’s lawyer. It is understood that Bilqis Hijjas, the daughter of prominent architect Hijjas […]

One of the things I like about protests are the signs. This refers to the Home Ministry’s petty law gazetted on Friday to ban all yellow t-shirts with the word Bersih 4 on it. Walking around KL, or if you used the public transport over the weekends, you would see the level of civil disobedience. This […]

As I walked from Brickfields to Dataran Merdeka, weaving through Central Market, Tun Perak and Dataran Maybank, I spotted curious immigrants watching Malaysians marching down the streets, witnessing democracy in action. Some of them stood by the entrance to whatever shops that were opened. Others climbed up the roof to see the vastness of protesters filling […]

When I think of the terms “coup d’état”, “overthrow”, “topple” and the like, I would think of a violent change in government. The revolutions in Egypt and Ukraine would come to my mind. Closer to home, having tanks rolling through the streets of Bangkok is another excellent example. In contrast, when I think of the […]

Some dystopian science fictions rest on absurd premises. Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is a statist world of paperwork. There is a form to fill up for everything you do. The story begins with a naming mistake in a government ministry. Instead of Tuttle printed on the warrant, it was Buttle. That leads to the arrest and the eventual […]

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