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Kuala Lumpur

Growing collective consciousness

BY VALENTINE WILLIE 

View of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the Petronas Twin Towers in the distance. Photo by Zukiman Mohamad.

Whether in politics or culture, Malaysia has never really gained the kind of international prominence that her immediate neighbors in Southeast Asia (such as Indonesia, Thailand or Singapore) have over the past decade. Recently rated as the second-most corrupt country on a list of emerging economies in Time magazine, Malaysia is, in the eyes of critics, practiced in mediocrity. Even in the art of corruption, it remains merely second…

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