A new book about Malaysia’s first year at the UN, based on Tun Dr Ismail’s dispatches home is out. Ooi Kee Beng, who compiled the book together with Ismail’s son Tawfik, reports on the launch of the book.
Did Tun Ismail preside over a golden age of democracy and liberalism? An Aliran Monthly reader finds Johan Saravanamuttu’s review of Ooi Kee Beng’s book on the late Tun Dr Ismail rather disturbing. Johan responds and, in the process of this debate about memory and politics, we gain further insights into the man who could have been prime minister and his times.