‘Face-saving’ culture will drive Malaysians down the road of conservatism

Low Han Shaun

G25's Dr Asma Abdullah says society's preoccupation with honour and shame is preventing open discussion of liberal ideas. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, July 28, 2018.

THE Malaysian culture of ‘saving face’, or preserving one’s honour, stands in the way of liberalisation as it causes society to fear discussing or accepting taboo subjects, researchers and panelists at a forum said today.

Dr Asma Abdullah of the G25 group of influential former senior civil servants said a society that has a “shame-driven culture” like Malaysia will ultimately never move beyond conservatism.

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  • Sorry, who are the G25? Were tHEY iinfluential? What did they do that were so influential?

    Posted 4 years ago by Ju bur

    • They were outside your tempurung

      Posted 4 years ago by Watchdog Watchdog

    • Oh! Thank you Katak!

      Posted 4 years ago by Ju bur