Friday, July 3, 2009
The very existence of a relatively robust civil society in Malaysia is nothing short of remarkable. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are forced to contend with restrictive laws (the Internal Security Act, the Sedition Act, the Official Secrets Act and the Printing Press and Publication Act to name a few). These NGOs are forced to manage with limited budgets and human resources. The do not always enjoy public support. Yet despite these difficulties, these organizations somehow manage to stay open and to make a difference. Its impressive, to say the very least.