We feature a glimpse of what certain ISA detainees went through in the past and also showcase a collection of books by previous ISA detainees, recounting their painful experience in detention.
Aliran Monthtly 2008
What spurs someone to light a candle? And what drives the authorities to do what they do, wonders Rakyat@work.
Lim Hong Hai reviews a new book on the watershed general election: ‘March 8: Eclipsing May 13’, a thought-provoking collection of essays by Ooi Kee Beng, Johan Saravanamuttu and Lee Hock Guan.
We have failed miserably in dealing with complex issues of society by resorting to a political culture of promoting fear and division amongst the people, says Zaid Ibrahim.
Malaysians have indeed awakened. Indian Malaysians, for instance, voted in droves for the opposition in the last general election. It is time to tackle the root causes of their discontentment, says P Sivakumar.
On a more mundane level, Stoplookgo reflects on the afraid-to-lose-face, not-afraid-to-die Malaysian motorists and their reckless driving.
While political issues grab our attention, but Kam U Tee says the economic turmoil offers an opportunity to develop a multi-pronged energy strategy, which would include renewable energy.
As the Umno general assembly approaches, Anil Netto suggests that the ruling coalition knows what it needs to do to survive: it has to push through major reforms to wipe our corruption and abuse of power to win back lost support. But is it really capable of such reforms?
The quest for an independent Palestinian state must not be derailed by Israel and the US. History must record that the world has responded to the Palestinians in their life-time struggle to establish their own state, says R N Bhupalan.
We cannot sit on the fence when people in Gaza are being murdered before our very eyes, asserts Farish Noor; we have to do something.