Limiting the Political Class Should be the Ultimate Goal for Reformists

By Ooi Kee Beng

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Was the opposition to BN-Umno rule, which led to the change in government in 2018, about corruption, ethnic baiting and deteriorating socio-economic conditions, and a loss of confidence in Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration? Well, those are, in any case, the main points raised by analysts who have been studying the surprising turn of events since the general election. At a superficial and immediate level, they are largely correct. But the long-term cultural dilemma that Malaysia faces runs deeper than...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: