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