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The Perfect Crime (1) July 8, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Art & Visuals, Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Miscellanous, Note2Self, Politics, Readings.
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I’d not been able to write much earlier, due to a minor back injury. But for the first time in ten years or perhaps even longer, I’ve been able to have some decent discussions on Eco, Barthes and Baudrillard in the past few days with a number of people, thanks to Tian Chua’s ‘Dinner for 3’.

And it just keeps getting better.

I now regret putting aside my original presentation for the Youth4Change panel two weeks ago, which uses much of Baudrillard to analyse the media as a simulacrum, in favour of a less exciting albeit simpler format.

Beth – here is one of my favourite pieces, which gets better as it approaches the end:-


Readings: Malaysia’s homesick revolutionary June 22, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in History, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations, Readings, Southeast Asia.

Malaysia’s homesick revolutionary
By Andrew Symon, AsiaTimes.com

SINGAPORE – Malaysia is gearing up to celebrate half a century of independence, but the multi-ethnic country is arguably still not at peace with the often turbulent history that led to the end of British colonial rule.

Resurrecting those controversies is the latest bid by Chin Peng, the onetime leader of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), to return to Malaysia. The ethnic-Chinese former rebel, who now lives in exile in Thailand, finally gets his day in court on Friday.

Once described as the most wanted man in the British Empire, and now at 83 years of age the last of the great post-World War II revolutionary leaders in Southeast Asia, Chin Peng led a full-scale guerrilla war against British and Commonwealth forces in the late 1940s and 1950s and thereafter a decades-long ideological struggle against Malaysia’s new indigenous rulers in Kuala Lumpur.


Honoured by Booker, restricted in Malaysia June 14, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Readings, Southeast Asia.

Chinua Achebe was honoured with the Man Booker International Prize for Lifetime Achievement this week.

The short list had included the following:- Carlos Fuentes, Doris Lessing, Ian McEwan and Salman Rushdie, John Banville, Philip Roth, Don DeLillo, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, and Amos Oz.

His masterpiece, “Things Fall Apart” (1958) is often cited and made compulsory reading for literature students, including here — well once upon a time, that is.


(Readings) Altantuya and ‘fair trial’? (2) June 9, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Readings, Southeast Asia, Women.

AG & Altantuya Trial ©MalaysiakiniIf playing badminton with a judge is enough for a senior Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) to be deemed unfit to prosecute the murder case of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu because it purportedly creates a negative perception, then what about the Abdul Gani himself (when he was a DPP) and another DPP who were alleged via a statutory declaration to having requested Dato’ Nallakaruppan to fabricate evidence against Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, which then formed the basis of an application for them to be disqualified?

This is the second part of Amer Hamzah’s opinion piece, who together with another lawyer, Fahri Azzat, aren’t buying the “shuttlecock” story. The first part can be found here.


(Readings) Altantuya and ‘fair trial’? (1) June 9, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Environment, Malaysia, Politics, Readings, Southeast Asia, Women.

AG & Altantuya Trial ©MalaysiakiniWhat “miracles” could the new prosecution team produce to ensure a “fair trial”, which could not be accomplished by the previous prosecution team? After all, shouldn’t all criminal prosecutions and proceedings be conducted fairly regardless of the personalities in the prosecution team?….

This is the two-parter according to the author, Amer Hamzah Arshad, who is also a member of the Bar Human Rights Committee.


Readings: The Politics of Cats June 5, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Anthropology-urban, Note2Self, Readings.

I hate the fact that he used this title before i did; I *heart* this man for writing something to chase the blues away. 🙂

(Stimulus->Respond Issue 18, June-July 2007)

John Hutnyk embarks on a consideration of dialectics, structural anthropology, William Burroughs, anthropomorphism and warfare in his musings on the aberrance of cats.


Rakan Muda: Baling-membaling June 4, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Readings.

Peristiwa “baling-membaling” botol, yang disaksi semasa hari penamaan calon di Ijok, berulang lagi di Bukit Kiara, semasa pelancaran “Rakan Muda II”.

Namun berita ini dipercayai disekat oleh pihak dari Pejabat Perdana Menteri, sampai tidak dilapor oleh majoritas media massa tempatan kecuali media bebas seperti MerdekaReview.com.

Berita tersebut diterjemahkan oleh si Tan yang begitu ‘bes’ dalam BM (entahlah, B. Melayu ataupun B Malaysia!) dalam blognya, “Mai Bincang”.


(Readings) Apa lagi pilihan yang ada? May 1, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Malaysia, Readings.

Insightful observation from a young activist, Black, who has been involved in the promotion of free and fair elections in Asia.

Black has been posted to a number of countries including Afghanistan on election-monitoring missions.


The anger of Anne James April 12, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Islam in Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Politics, Readings.
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Anne James, the celebrated thespian of Malaysian theatre, like many of us, is very angry.

There has been an abundance of legal-speak of laws and constitution, and ‘falafel-ing’ known as intellectual discoursing.

But Anne straight-talks to the judges at the appellant court, the religious authorities and the powers-that-be, in the language we understand and employ.


‘Cleaning up’ after Mr. Clean April 3, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Readings.

Completely missed out on this earlier. Feel even more depressed than the Machap ‘joke’/story after reading this.


Mar 22nd 2007 | BANGKOK
From The Economist print edition

Cleaning up?


Sleaze saps the prime minister’s election prospects

CHEERY statements on the economy by Malaysian ministers and the pro-government press are prompting speculation that the prime minister, Abdullah Badawi, will call an election this year, even though he need not do so until 2009. The economy is doing fairly well—although economists think growth will be perhaps 5.5% this year, not 6% as the government predicts. However, hanging over Mr Badawi is his failure to keep his promise to curb official corruption. Two surveys out this month suggest that little progress is being made on this front. Worse, some big sleaze scandals have broken, suggesting that the rot reaches close to the top.

The man who is supposed to lead the clean-up, Zulkipli Mat Noor, the head of the country’s Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), has himself been accused of illicit enrichment by a former underling. In a separate case, a deputy police minister is accused of taking bribes to set criminal suspects free. Mr Badawi has rejected calls to suspend the two officials while the allegations, which both deny, are investigated.