Off-the-Edge: Divided We Stand

The October issue of the Off The Edge magazine carries an article by this blogger titled “Divided we stand: how electoral systems make ethnic politics viable”.

Some of you may be familiar with my argument there: ethnic politics persists not because people are evil or ignorant but because they are arguably rational. It is reinforced by incentives provided by the political system, the electoral system in particular.

So, while some see cultural diversity as a threat to national unity, I actually think the solution is – counter-intuitively – to have more divisions. Let us break up our water-tight ethno-religious identity rather than striving for more commonalities and uniformity.

As the magazine is not online, and to respect its copyright, I cannot and shall not publish the article here. If you are interested, grab a copy from news stand. Its main issue is on the MCA, featuring interviews of Ong Tee Keat, Chua Jui Ming, Chua Soi Lek and Fong Chan Onn.


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