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UNDERSTANDING ANWAR AND HIS QUEST FOR JUSTICE (int'l edition)

I wish to congratulate you for producing a balanced article on the political situation in Malaysia (''The feud,'' Asian Edition Cover Story, Nov. 9). Permit me to add my own observation as an ordinary citizen.

The political situation we are facing has since passed to our judiciary to settle. We should allow the judicial system to carry out its work without interference. I am appalled at the wild accusations by various diplomats and international observers who question the fairness of the proceeding just because not everyone who wishes to attend can do so. Surely, allowing nearly 50 journalists--local and foreign--to attend stands as testimony to the openness of the trial.

In another article, ''Pigs-in-a-budget'' (American News, Nov. 9), I am perturbed by the many references to Asian economies as practicing crony capitalism--when the U.S. has itself institutionalized the art of cronyism via lobbyists on Capitol Hill. In conclusion, I believe we must all remember to read between and behind the lines of statements by politicians.


K.
Chong
Kuala Lumpur


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