Gerhard Hoffstaedter, captures accurately (unless Australia’s Department of Immigration informs otherwise) the disappointing developments in both Malaysia and Australia in relation to the Haris Ibrahim affair.
Australia’s relations with Malaysia, as with the region as a whole, continue to be dictated by economics and the shadow of “boat people.” Malaysians who have made Australia their home will continue to play an increasing role in shaping homeland politics – but only from afar. None of this bodes well for the diaspora’s hopes for positive change any time soon.
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