A tale of two rumpuns

Interesting to see the different reactions to the Rasa Sayang(e) controversy both in Malaysia (see comments here) and in Indonesia (see comments here). On both sides of the Straits we have nationalism come to the fore, good sense go out the window, fear and loathing of the other. But what should the real issue be […]

Beyonce Malaysia Boleh

What can one say? Invite Beyonce and ask her to wear conservative clothing? Does one ask the Pope to wear spandex? Malaysia Boleh lagi! clipped from indcoup.blogspot.com Another victory for Indonesia over Malaysia!! It’s good to see people standing up for what they believe in. So I was real glad to see that the bootylicious […]

Serumpun discord #2

Now, according to Koran Tempo, an NGO focusing on migrant labor, wants to report Malaysia to the UN Human Rights Council for the rape of Indonesian workers by a group of people from Ikatan Relawan Rakyat Malaysia. This is getting a bit worrying. All it takes is for someone to fan the flames of nationalism […]

Rasa not so sayang?

(Update: Unspun, uncharacteristically, did not go through the papers this morning. It appears that the problem is even more serious as the matter has been brought before parliament. This is an excerpt of a report from The Jakarta Post: The House on Monday urged an immediate response from the government to Malaysia’s use of the […]