April 11, 1998 |
Twenty years ago, Vietnam's Communist government set out to destroy free enterprise. Not surprisingly, its storm troopers headed straight for Cholon, the sprawling, prosperous Chinese district of Ho Chi Minh City. Truckloads of soldiers and volunteers wearing red armbands descended on the maze of crowded, narrow streets to inventory personal property--everything from gold watches to factory machines--that was to be turned over to the state.
April 24, 1999 |
He wouldn't put it quite this way, but the past year has been a bit mystifying to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has towered over Malaysian politics as none before him and whose legacy, until an economic crisis, had seemed assured. Why would Malaysians call for one of Asia's longest-serving leaders to resign after all he's done for them? Why would his most trusted ally, a man he created politically, turn on him?