REQUIRED READING: New legislation that widely impacts the visual arts in Malaysia is now in its 2nd and 3rd reading in the Dewan Rakyat.
Well, not really. But we’re excited by the mere possibility that our new Information, Unity and Culture minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim will debate with former de-facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim on national TV. As reported in Bernama, Dr Rais challenged Zaid Ibrahim to a debate over certain allegations made against our current premier, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, on 24 April 2009. Zaid Ibrahim replied later that day with ‘anywhere, any place, any time’. (*insert big ‘wwoooooooooooo’ from invisible crowd here*) The gauntlet has been thrown down and the challenge accepted.