What East Malaysians Care About

By Carolyn Hong

November 2013 ALL OVER THE PLACE
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The political disposition of rural peoples has become of increasing interest as an urban-rural divide appears to have become one of the more important divisions in Malaysia. So what is the lay of the land?It was the day that the two policemen were acquitted of the murder of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu. None of us here in Ba Kelalan heard the news until a visitor who had just arrived from KL checked the Internet and told us about it. Otherwise,...

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Carolyn Hong

lives in Ba Kelalan sometimes, in KL sometimes. A former journalist who once chased the big stories for a regional newspaper, she now hunts for the small stories in Malaysia’s smallest places.