Securing Democracy, One Art Event at a Time

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The past 20 years – what a reversal of politics, fortunes and notions of freedom!

In 1999 a loose group of artists under Wong Hoy Cheong surreptitiously organised the Apa? Siapa? Kenapa? exhibition at a new vacant office lot in Setiawangsa. (Such was the conspiracy of fear that no one dared lend their space as venue save leading designer William-Harald Wong.)

It was to protest the sacking and subsequent incarceration (April 1999) of then-Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim by his then-boss Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. It was also to agitate for the repeal of the draconian Internal Security Act.


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