Terima kasih, Malaysiakini!

Opinion  |  Dean Johns
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COMMENT | A thousand thanks to Steven Gan, Premesh Chandran and the entire Malaysiakini team for the pleasure and privilege of being published by such a courageously independent news portal for the past 12 years.

Many thanks, too, to the countless Malaysiakini readers who were prepared to put up with what some others considered my presumptuous interference in their country’s political affairs.

And my heartfelt gratitude to the many Malaysian activists, from Antares Maitreya, Din Merican, Jaya, Kim Quek and Zunar, to name just a few, to my late, great friend Bernard ‘Zorro’ Khoo, who so kindly welcomed me as a comrade in arms.

But in the course of writing over 500 columns, I feel I’ve finally repeated myself so many times, and played around with so many words in attempting to illustrate my point that their meanings can’t be taken for granted – especially when they’re deliberately misused by misleaders – that I run a grave risk of wearing out my welcome.

‘Grave’, by the way, serves as an urgent reminder that I’m at an age at which I must be fast approaching my last rites, and had better get a move on with those.

Which, now that I’ve spent so much time contemplating and typing in hopes of playing some small part in righting/writing wrongs in the now former Umno/BN regime’s version, or rather perversion of Malaysia, I’m increasingly impelled to devote to excoriating evils elsewhere.

Or, come to think of it, almost, if not absolutely everywhere. As, by way of the most arguably extreme example, in China, or what I personally think of as Chaina, in view of the fact that the country’s fake Communist Party keeps well over a billion of the world’s most intelligent and industrious individuals in chains of secrecy, lies, censorship, and now even a form of the formerly-reviled capitalism, in a soul-destroying, mind-numbing, minorities-persecuting...

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