Anwar conflating 'PD Move' critics with 'super liberals' goes too far

Opinion  |  Terence Netto
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COMMENT | We all know what neoliberals and their creed are.

The term refers to proponents of an economic order of unregulated competition which its supporters believe yields the best benefits to society.

Neoliberals have been around for some time.

They are a known quantity though they have come to be beset by bad connotations for reason of their unconcern with what is seen as a byproduct of their system: Stark income inequality.

Unlike neoliberals, “super liberals” is a term of fairly recent coinage.

One can't be sure who coined it, but in recent times it has been deployed by PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim as a pejorative term.

He's been spraying the appellation at critics of his stance on a host of issues – from same-sex marriage, to his moorings on race and religion, and his decision to contest a by-election other than one forced by the vacation of seats by his wife and daughter.

From interviews and speeches Anwar has given in the past few days, the term “super liberals” appears to have come in handy for him in tarring his critics with it...

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