Fairness is the Virtue that Can Reset the World

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

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THE THINGS THAT split members of a society come in all shapes and sizes; but they all boil down to a play on the human sense of fairness. This sense can be individual or collective, current or historical; and it can be either concrete and proximate or conceptual and persistent. Feeling unfairly treated is basically the human sentiment that drives calls for rights, for retribution, for justice. In feeling that they have suffered injustice, to use that word as the...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His latest book is Signals in the Noise: Notes on Penang, Malaysia and the World (Singapore: Faction Press) Homepage: wikibeng.com.