Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim meets supporters during his first public appearance. Photo: Reuters
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim meets supporters during his first public appearance. Photo: Reuters
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Malaysians’ regard for the entitlements of office has echoes of ancient China. Anwar Ibrahim spurning official car is like a mandarin riding on horseback

  • The Malaysian prime minister says he won’t use the Mercedes-Benz limousine meant for him. This has echoes in the thrift seen under some imperial Chinese rulers
  • Depending on their rank, Chinese mandarins travelled by horse and carriage, palanquin or on horseback. To show thrift, high officials would choose the latter

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim meets supporters during his first public appearance. Photo: Reuters
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim meets supporters during his first public appearance. Photo: Reuters
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