Meryl Streep does a Rafidah

Meryl Streep does a Rafidah

Now this reminds me of the time when Rafidah Aziz broke the heel of her shoe while scrambling frantically on stage to ask Mahathir why he was stepping down.

Meryl Streep of course does it with more grace and poise – though the almost hysterical Rafidah should have received an Oscar for best performance in a “supporting” role in a long-running drama.

On a more serious note, Meryl received this award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the film ‘Iron Lady’. I haven’t seen the film but from what I have read it tries to maintain some sense of neutrality.

In reality, though, Thatcher’s economic policies were anything but. She was fiercely anti-union and undermined the labour movement. Her Thatcherism policies, including privatisation and cuts to social security benefits, hurt large segments of society.

Not surprisingly, income inequality widened during the Thatcher years: the Gini coefficient for the UK soared from 0.25 in 1979 to 0.34 in 1990.

Her privatisation policy was enthusiastically copied by leaders of other nations who sold off state assets to cronies to set up monopolies, which then hiked tariffs.

Rafidah’s boss, Mahathir, followed suit despite outwardly coming up with his ‘Buy British last’ policy.

Today, not surprisingly, income inequality in Malaysia remains one of the highest in the region. And we are still paying the price for all those disastrous privatisations and other neoliberal policies.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Mahathir never had the brains nor the historical mind to realise that Thatcher’s policies were a quick fix to a long term disaster…the UK has deep pockets and can whether the damaging effects of Thatcherism….

    Malaysia literally collapsed in 1998, and till this day a whole lot of buisnessmen never ever recovered from it….those who did were cronies of the incoming governments……the gap became wider and today, yes the rich are richer and the poor will have no place to go….we as a nation cannot exist together anymore…

     
  2. Haha, hysterical that time. Wasn’t too hysterical when she was asked to step down by the One, though. Livid more like.

    Meryl does Maggie very well. Maybe she’s auditioning for the Automobile Lady.

     

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