To Leave is a Basic Right

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

January 2021 EDITORIAL
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COVID-19 HAS killed over 1.5 million people worldwide, crippled huge segments of the economy and made fear for our individual safety a nagging concern. Masks and disinfectants promise to keep us safe, along with social distancing carried to the extent of extended lockdowns.These extended lockdowns, in one form or another, are accepted and justified for reasons of public health. But be that as it may, the unprecedented limits put on human mobility in the pivotal year of 2020 brings to...

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Dato' Dr. 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: