Category: 2009: 5

Old vs New Politics in Malaysia 0

Old vs New Politics in Malaysia

The central argument in this volume of 27 essays on Malaysian politics and society, is that there exists a conflict between the BN’s Old Politics which is essentially ethnic-based and characterised by money politics,...

Traitors and terrorists 0

Traitors and terrorists

Tok Bahaman, Mat Kilau, Tok Gajah and Tok Janggut were dubbed “traitors” by the British and Chin Peng and his followers were dubbed “terrorists”, observes Hishamuddin Yahaya.

Vistas of detention… voices of freedom 0

Vistas of detention… voices of freedom

Long years have passed, yet the fire that burns in the hearts of these ex-detainees remains aglow. Tan Pek Leng reviews an inspiring new book of poems and prose of women and men who...

‘Prophets of doom’ provide hope 1

‘Prophets of doom’ provide hope

Dissenters, critics, whistle blowers and ‘prophets of doom’ are essential cornerstones for building an accountable and just democracy, observes Angeline Loh.

Human rights and criminal justice 0

Human rights and criminal justice

It’s not just the ISA that needs to be repealed. It is time to set up a law reform commission to look into and update outdated criminal laws, writes Hamid Ibrahim.

Lambs under the throne 0

Lambs under the throne

Many believe judges are the natural protectors of liberty. Tommy Thomas debunks this myth, pointing to the Griffith thesis: judges will lend their support to government measures to preserve ‘stability’ and they will not...

Take action against steep hill-slope projects 0

Take action against steep hill-slope projects

George Aeria  writes to Penang state government exco members Chow Kon Yeow and Phee Boon Poh to highlight the residents’ deep concerns about property development projects on steep hill slopes in their area.

Umno and Pas: Once bitten, twice not shy 0

Umno and Pas: Once bitten, twice not shy

Maznah Mohamad analyses the recent proposal for Umno-Pas unity talks. A Pas-Umno ‘marriage’, she says, would have been nothing more than a marriage of convenience with disturbing consequences.

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