An inspired Kee Thuan Chye penned a poem specially for Aliran’s ‘People First, Democracy Now!’ night attended by a full house of 700 diners. What did he write about?
It is high time that the government thinks ‘out-of–the box’ and explores the notion that Orang Asli progress lies in empowering Orang Asli over their customary lands, says Yogeswaran Subramaniam.
Historical facts should be projected in the right perspective without any bias, say P Sivakumar.
A host of regional NGOs have called for the revocation of the Emergency Declaration and the full restoration of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand.
Now is the time to find a way to prevent a confrontation on the Korean peninsula, says Wooksik Cheong.
Wong Soak Koon reports on an Aliran fund-raising dinner that rekindled in those gathered a sense of renewed hope that the future would bring about a people’s government where democracy really means something.
People First means Ketuanan Rakyat: we believe that it is the people who should shape our politics, manage our economy and build our nation. No one leader, political party or coalition, and definitely no one race should be dictating terms or policies to the Rakyat.
Democracy only works when people claim it as their own, asserts P Ramakrishnan.
Whether it is to access alternative views or just simply to have fun reading cartoons or wearing funny T-shirts, our right to make decisions on what to read and what to wear has been eroded, writes Soon Chuan Yean.
Executive intervention in the media strengthens the suspicion that the BN government doesn’t take kindly to criticism from various quarters, notes Mustafa K Anuar.