Kee Thuan Chye speaks about “fairly current” events


A relaxed-looking Kee Thuan Chye talks about his latest book ‘March 8: The day Malaysia woke up’, unfulfilled promises, renewed fears of a crackdown, and the political transition. He says Malaysians need to be more politically conscious and let the powers-that-be know that they can’t ride roughshod over the people.

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Kee Thuan Chye
Kee Thuan Chye
17 Nov 2008 3.23pm

I didn’t think you were a subscriber of Govt spin, Andrew. 🙂 I strongly believe we all have to steer clear of that nonsense. And blogs like Anil’s are helping us to do that, which is wonderful. His lordship should be consigned to the dustbin of history instead of being given so much space to spew his venom. I empathise with you on the point of the reality we face. But I feel we need to do our part from now on to make the reality a more hopeful one. That’s where we need to stand up and be counted.… Read more »

Andrew I
Andrew I
17 Nov 2008 1.29am

I’m sorry if I come across as a subscriber of Government spin. Never in a million years. But as you say, it is a system that is so entrenched. My comment might sound callous but it’s hard to ignore reality, as Badawi no doubt discovered. I’m overjoyed with our small victories but I sometimes wonder when we’re going to be able to get off this merry go round. Goal posts that can be shifted at will, senior citizens being left to fend for themselves against sky rocketing inflation, being educated in a multitude of languages that will leave you wondering… Read more »

Kee Thuan Chye
Kee Thuan Chye
16 Nov 2008 11.41pm

Of course we are ready for a democracy, Andrew. It is only the Government propaganda that tells us we are not — to serve its own ulterior ends. Dr M was the worst disseminator of that bulls***. He was a master at dividing the races so that the goal of achieving democracy would be harder for us to attain. Two main factors retard Malaysia from being a great country — corruption and racial politics. For the last 50 years (and in particular the last 25), the ruling party has been playing racial politics to the hilt. So much so that… Read more »

Andrew I
Andrew I
16 Nov 2008 1.37am

Political consciousness is a luxury here, I’m afraid. No, I’m not talking about the RM100 kind, which you can add on to your RM900 a month salary once every five years.

Sometimes, the warped logic of his lordship M makes some sense, in the scenario he put in place. Are we really ready for a democracy in the true sense of the word?

Samuel Goh Kim Eng
Samuel Goh Kim Eng
15 Nov 2008 11.57pm


When the sleep is so comfortable
It’s so difficult to wake up
Without breakfast at the table
Some may never even ever wake the cup

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 151108
Sat. 15th Nov. 2008.