This is an interesting, must-read article from The Economist because the print version was censored by the government:
MALAYSIA is one of South-East Asia’s stabler nations; but a rally in Kuala Lumpur on July 9th in demand of electoral reform turned surprisingly nasty, leading to the arrest of more than 1,600 people. The police fired tear gas and water cannon into the crowd, and one man died of a heart attack.
All those arrested were released fairly quickly, but Amnesty International, a London-based human-rights group, called it “the worst campaign of repression in the country for years”. The government’s reaction showed a lot of nervousness about how much opposition it can tolerate.
Read the whole article: Taken to the cleaners
A while back, the Far Eastern Economic Review was banned in Malaysia by Dr Mahathir for less-than-flattering comments about his administration.
The Economist probably fears the same eventuality.
A spokesman for The Economist said: “I can confirm that any apparent censorship of The Economist in Malaysia last week was not of our own doing. However we won't be commenting on the matter any further.”
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