A JOKE used to make the rounds of the Malaysian campus in the 1970s about the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Nato, the joke went, stood for No Action, Talk Only. The same can be said about the United Nations now. Unfortunately for the world body, I am not wrong.
AS we race towards becoming a developed nation, many have been made aware that a well-informed and critical citizenry is crucial for the survival of a democracy. One way in which a citizenry becomes well-informed is by possessing a strong reading culture. Yet, although Malaysia’s literacy levels are known to be considerably high, with the youth’s literacy rates being reported by Unesco to be at 98 per cent, Malaysians are not known for being ardent readers.