The 2008 elections in Malaysia saw the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, suffer its worst showing since independence, balancing political power and bringing hope of a more progressive, democratic future. No one expected such a show of support for the untested opposition and a show of dissent against Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s entrenched coalition government. “Beyond the Veneer: Malaysia’s struggle for dignity and direction” is a comprehensive and timely account of how Malaysia reached this pivotal turning point in the nation’s history, and what the future holds for the country, its leaders and its people. In it Kuala Lumpur-based journalist Ioannis Gatsiounis presents a collection of his published articles from a range of publications, including Asia Times, Newsweek, The Washington Times, and Al Jazeera, offering readers a fascinating look at current socio-political events in Malaysia. This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand this promising nation at the crossroads and the key issues that will shape its future.