Thursday, October 09, 2008

Thuan Chye Rides the Tsunami

Kee Thuan Chye is interviewed in the Sun by Bissme S about the political tsunami that swept the country on March 8th, the subject of his latest book (subtitled The Day Malaysia Woke Up)which features interviews with and essays with Malaysians from all walks of life and which he believes (and I think we would totally agree) that there has been an awakening to "the true meaning and practice of democracy".

I liked this :
Fear will inhibit you from doing a lot of things. If Raja Petra had been cowed by fear, he would not have spoken out and captured the imagination of so many people. He knew he would have to face the consequences and, sure enough, he is now being detained unfairly under the ISA. ... But he set an example that surpasses any example that any of our leaders has set. We all need to be more like Raja Petra.
and also his vision of :
A regard for all Malaysians as human beings, and therefore equal and inferior to none.
He also says (quite rightly) that :

He would also like to see literature written by Malaysians regarded as Malaysian literature, not segmented into national literature and communal literature, and wishes that the Printing Presses and Publications Act would be abolished.
*A round of applause.*

(Thanks too to Bissme for letting me know about this.)

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