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MALAYSIA-Affluence and Environmental Disasters

Affluence and Environmental Disasters M G G Pillai Despite recurring disasters at the construction sites, Malaysian government, flouting all environmental guidelines, is going ahead with its major transportation projects to be completed before the Commonwealth games in 1998.

Multinationals and the Environment

M G G Pillai The new-found interest of multinational corporations in environmental issues is driven not by considerations for the common good, but by the need to cloak their corporate greed.

India and South-East Asia-Search for a Role

Search for a Role INDIA'S post-independence view of southeast Asia within a prism of the cold war and her political and territorial confrontations with China and Pakistan now come to haunt her. Her initial view of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a probable western Trojan horse did not help. When she did focus her attention at the region, after the Vietnam war, it was as a sideshow to China's perceived threat. So when her economic reforms and political developments demanded a link, few in ASEAN supported her bid. That is New Delhi' sdilemma as the prime minister, P V Narasimha Rao, prepares to visit Malaysia in August.

Singapore s Other Brain Drain

Many middle aged Singaporeans are leaving for greener pastures - not to Australia or Canada but in neighbouring China, Malaysia and Indonesia. A combination of factors, economic and social, have fuelled this movement.

APEC and The Mahathir Conundrum

M G G Pillai Malaysian prune minister Mahathir Mohamed's strident views about Asia's role and its niche in global trade, without being an adjunct to the west's or the United States' agenda, ensures him both a high profile and the image of a cassandra in western perceptions. But, as was evident at the second APEC summit at Bogor, his central questions remain unanswered THE Malaysian prune minister, Mahathir Mohamed.dominated the second APEC informal summit at Bogor, Indonesia, as he did the first in Seattle. USA. Me upstaged president Bill Clinton in Seattle by staying away, and president Suharto in Bogor by mending. It did not earn him friends. His actions riled every leader and they all but ignored his views. The Indonesian foreign minister. Ali Alatas. tetchity insists that should Malaysia not agree, she would be left out of the proposals altogether. Ear more disturbing, though, is the tension this caused between Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, which is perceived even more starkly than it was during the early 1960s. during Indonesia's confrontation of Malaysia.

Cambodia Proxy Battlefield

M G G Pillai The Cambodian peasant has a long memory with an instinctive distrust of anyone who harmed their King Sihanouk. The recent flight of Prince Chakrapong after a failed coup attempt is irrelevant, but underscores the tenuousness of Cambodia's experiment with democracy PRINCE NORODOM CHAKRAPONG's melodramatic flight to Kuala Lumpur after a failed coup d'etat in Cambodia early this month diverted attention from the quiet, inevitable power struggle now under way. His father, King Norodom Sihanouk, suffers from a terminal, irreversible cancer; his death would unleash a power struggle among the main groups, and their foreign backers. Prince Chakrapong is the first casualty of that. Doubts exist if the next king, almost certainly the co-prime minister, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, would be as politically astute, and nimble as his father to maintain the peace, adding to the worries and uncertainties.

Regrouping in Indonesian Politics

M G G Pillai The confrontation between the Indonesian army and the Muslim fundamentalist groups has pushed president Suharto into a corner WHEN president Suharto indicated that he would not stand for re-election in 1998, after 33 years in power, the inevitable regrouping of Indonesian politics and pressure groups pitched the armed forces of the republic of Indonesia (ABRI) against the strongest pressure group, the Muslims. This tense but quiet confrontation inevitably paints president Suharto into a corner. But he is still in a better position than his predecessor president Sukarno was in 1965, when ABRI put down a bloody, communist-backed coup in which a million people were massacred and the Parti Komunis Indonesia (PKI) was banned.

Malaysia s Language Problems

M G G Pillai In Malaysia, all instruction in the universities is in Malay except in some disciplines like engineering and medicine. This is putting Malaysians at a disadvantage in a world where, increasingly a command over English is a necessary qualification for employment.

MALAYSIA-Islamic Criminal Law Bowing to Fundamentalists

Islamic Criminal Law: Bowing to Fundamentalists M G G Pillai Muslims, who are the dominant political community in Malaysia, have failed to benefit from the recent economic development in the country, PAS, the fundamentalist Islamic opposition party, is capitalising on their frustration to spread the tentacles of Islamic criminal law.

APEC Cultural Chasm

M G G Pillai A cultural chasm inhibits the growth of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which cannot be bridged by Washington and Canberra alone.

India s Supercomputers

M G G Pillai India has produced four parallel-processing supercomputers which, while not as fast as the Cray or other supercomputers on the international market, come at a tenth of the cost of the others. Selling them overseas, however, will be tough without adequate servicing facilities and appropriate software.

Indias Wavering Ties with Malaysia

M G G Pillai India's diplomatic moves in Malaysia are a lot more astute than its commercial presence. But Indian business have yet to capitalise on the opportunities offered.


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