The phrase that is universally used to sum up this horrific prospect is ‘loe loe, gue gue</span>’. From Jakarta slang, it translates literally as ‘you you, me me’, what’s yours is yours, what’s mine is mine. In sentiment, the closest English equivalent I can think of is ‘dog-eat-dog’. Every time I heard it, I was reminded of the political pow-wows of two decades earlier when Mohammad Mahathir in Malaysia, Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore and Suharto in Indonesia would wax lyrical about ‘Asian Values’. Misguided Westerners could criticize the Asian leaders for stamping on individual rights, they implied, but what the visionary leaders of South East Asia were really doing was protecting a culture that put the good of the collective ahead of the good of the individual.