Room for differing views

19 Aug 2014 / 20:09 H.

    COUNTRIES that fear an independent mind have ways of preventing any contrary outburst. Fear of course is one temporary effective method but another is akin to drug addiction. It seeks to alter people's perceptions and behaviour.
    The Nazis called it indoctrination, the Communists called it re-education, religions saw it as rehabilitation.
    A young boy here has been sent for counselling. The correct term is brainwashing. Whatever way it is disguised and whichever word is used it is dangerous and distasteful.
    Everyone is entitled to a sensible opinion and should be able to voice a balanced view even if contrary.
    It appears to the world that Malaysia is not following this path.
    Denis Hayes
    Kuala Lumpur

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