Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob waves as he arrives for a meeting with the country’s king in August. Photo: Getty Images
Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob waves as he arrives for a meeting with the country’s king in August. Photo: Getty Images
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Power of ‘the people’ – how the term, in whatever language, has been co-opted by political leaders

  • When Malaysian politicians, commentators and activists speak or write in English, instead of using ‘the people’ they adopt the Malay equivalent, ‘rakyat’
  • Leaders of countries everywhere like to talk about ‘the people’. Look at China, where different terms for ‘the people’ have been used down the centuries

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob waves as he arrives for a meeting with the country’s king in August. Photo: Getty Images
Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob waves as he arrives for a meeting with the country’s king in August. Photo: Getty Images
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