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Biographer of Dr. M paints gloomy picture of Malaysia

  • The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 28 2010   /  09:44 am

The big Kahunas: Former Asian Wall Street Journal managing editor Barry Wain (second left) talks about his new book Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times at the book’s launch in Jakarta on Wednesday while former Indonesian ambassador to Australia Sabam Siagian (left), Jusuf Wanandi of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (second right) and Wiryono Satrohandoyo, also from CSIS, look on. JP/R. Berto WedhatamaFormer Malaysian strongman Mahathir Mohamad sowed the seeds of religious extremism that now rears its ugly head in the form of attacks against Christian churches there, his biographer Barry Wain says.Church burning is symptomatic of religious politics seen in Malaysia today, Wain told a discussion at
the launch of his book Malaysian Maverick — Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times in Jakarta on Wednesday.Religious extremism and corruption w...