Malaysia arts community paints hopeful picture of coming age of creativity, despite Mahathir’s role
A rare update on the Malaysian art scene under the new leadership.
“Like Chauly, other cultural heavyweights have put their cynicism on hold, hoping Mahathir and Anwar will deliver, as promised, a tolerant, inclusive society in which art can be created without fear.
Says D’Cruz, ‘If one looks at censorship of the arts in Malaysia, it comes in waves. Sometimes, you’ll find the authorities are very liberal. And then something happens and suddenly, it’s no, no, no.’
As someone who has long navigated Malaysian politics, she has the air of someone who refuses to be cowed. ‘I’ve never felt free or not free. Artists in Malaysia simply adapt,’ she says.”
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