Malaysia

Closet cleaner: links to my stuff on Malaysia from when I used to visit a lot (1990s) – I am now looking at another proper visit soon.
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Here are my reminders to self.
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Internal Security Act:
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Prime Minister Najib Razak said last November he would abolish ISA and allow trials! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14937820
But I presume this was largely after pressure from Bersih Movement:
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Australian colonial patronage
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A short squib summary on the anniversary of the Australian Air Force base renegotiation (1988) (Australia still has a force in place there, the rhetoric of the agreement is more ‘inclusive’)
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Hydro Electrical Dams and complicit anthropologists:
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I wrote something about the Hydro scheme in Sarawak, Bakun Dam. I had a piece on this in Left Curve, in 1999, here
Update[backdate] my 1999 Left Curve article: here
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Rio Tinto
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The nasty bastards at Rio Tinto mining corp of course have long set their sights on Malaysia: http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/2007/08/24/sarawak-sights-rights-and-might/
Tin mining, copper etc – extending into today the old treatment of Malaysia between the wars as number one extraction site for colonial Britain. With attendant racialization – Indian, Chinese Mayal, Orang Asli – and subsequent trouble, language riots, nepotism etc. An uneasy compact of the business associations.
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Multimedia Super Corridor project.
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I followed this science park mega city development (land grab) that in some respects now exists, though in changed form.
In 1999 I had a piece called ‘Semi Feudal Cyber Colonialism’ in the Nettime Reader, but its not online http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Readme_filtered_by_Nettime.html?id=AHbSOwAACAAJ&redir_esc=y
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Communists/The Emergency.
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If there is one thing to read that tells the history in an interesting way, its the autobiography/history fo Chin Peng – communist decorated by the English for fighting against Japan in WW2 but subsequently hunted by them through the ‘Emergency’ and then sidelined at Independence, and still living in exile in Thailand. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alias-Chin-Peng-Side-History/dp/9810486936
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Bersih
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I do not have any real details on this beyond personal emails with activists. And a few squibs or snippets of news:
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Tian Chua
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Opposition youth leader now MP and prominent figure in the opposition Tian Chua, known via activist groups in Sydney:
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What else do I need besides a metro card and Lonely Planet? Also gifts for certain MPs (!)
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  • Richard Harkinson  On 05/02/2012 at 23:46

    check Bruno Manser Fund site for updates on:
    after Sarawak chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud was investigated by Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission,
    will UK Foreign Office [FCO] now help in its money-laundering inquiries and take action against Taib’s companies?

    Is this the biggest prize? or is that still to play for?

    Reuters report that Aluminium Company of China [Chinalco] are ahead of Rio Tinto & Taib’s Cahya Mata Sarawak [CMS] and its subsidiary Similajau. Chinalco and their comprador Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhary have advanced on a deal for Bakun electricity.

    In September 2011 Malay’s Federal Court decided appeals by indigenous people’s against the seizure of 860 km2 of their land to construct the Bakun dam.

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