It was Shakespeare who said that cowards die many times before their death. It appears that in Malaysian politics, this saying also rings true – but with a twist, as our special correspondent observes.
The signal from the top seems to be that dissent is not to be tolerated and honest pursuit of knowledge discouraged, observes Toh Kin Woon, in a comment on the resignation of Dr Lim Teck Ghee as Director of the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) of the Asian Strategic and Leadership Institute (Asli).
Aliran views with deep concern the furore sparked by research group Asli’s recent findings on bumiputra equity ownership which led to the unfortunate but principled resignation of its research director, Dr Lim Teck Ghee. The episode touches on important questions of freedom of inquiry and of expression that are the cornerstones of any research that values high standards of investigation, intellectual rigour and integrity.