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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

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Week of February 7, 1997

Money Doesn't Grow on Trees

Malaysia's business circles are abuzz over the recent corporate purchases - notably of engineering firm Promet - by Ling Hee Leong, son of transport minister and Malaysian Chinese Association leader Ling Liong Sik. Businessman Soh Chee Wen is suspected to have sold Promet to Ling Jr. as a way of thanking the elder Ling for appointing him to the MCA executive committee. But the question remains: Where did the 27-year-old get the money to make the $480-million acquisitions? Some speculate that he may be a frontman for tycoons Tan Koon Swan and Lee San Choon, both former MCA presidents. Ling Jr. simply says he got the money from bank loans. Grassroots partymen aren't convinced, and word is that even Dad is perturbed by the negative vibes from the corporate forays.


Week of January 31, 1997

Ups and Downs in Malaysia

Is it time for Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohamad to adjust his cabinet to reflect changes in his party, UMNO? Pundits are predicting an imminent reshuffle. They say these ministers are poised for a fall: Youth & Sports Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Rural Development Minister Annuar Musa, Information Minister Mohamed Rahmat, and National Unity Minister Zaleha Ismail. Likely to move up: Deputy Home Minister Megat Junid, new party Women's Wing head Siti Zaharah Sulaiman and new Youth Wing head Zahid Hamidi. Other possibilities include DPM Anwar Ibrahim ceding the important finance portfolio to highflier Mustapa Mohamed and Education Minister Najib Tun Razak trading places with Trade Minister Rafidah Aziz. Of course, the pundits could be wrong.

Poaching of pilots by the nation's growing number of private jet-owners is being blamed for a shortage at Malaysian Airlines. The company has about 1,000 pilots but is reportedly facing a shortage of between 10% and 12%. Private companies with jets also are believed to be vying for pilots.


Week of January 24, 1996

Kuala Lumpur announced it would scrutinize the operations of local non-governmental organizations to ensure they are run in the public's interest, not for a handful of individuals. The government is worried that NGOs are being used as fronts for pressure groups to undermine it. Local NGOs will be required to hold annual general meetings and keep proper financial accounts.


Week of January 17, 1997

Malaysia-Thai border: Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok plan to cooperate to stop illegal Bangladesh immigrant workers from crossing into Malaysia from Thailand. The job seekers, who can easily enter Thailand with tourist visas, use the heavily forested border to slip into Malaysia to find work. The two are also working out ways to expedite the return of illegal Thai workers in Malaysia.


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