Malaysian Envelopment

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

March 2012 EDITORIAL
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How concepts relate to each other is always revealing. A close look at them always arouses new ways of thinking. The same goes for discovering the lost origins of words.Most of us have feasted ourselves on the connections between “revolution”, “evolution” and even “involution”. Lately, “devolution” has gained great relevance in the discussion about power structures in Malaysia.Then there is the gold mine of “reform”, “deform”, “inform”, “conform”, “uniform”, “perform”, “transform” and what have you. Deconstructing these words in one’s...

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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: