A fresh-faced Obama speaking the language of human rights may be refreshing indeed after eight years of Bush and his neo-Fascist discourse, but the wind of change won’t be blowing until we see the tanks and warplanes of America retreating back to the shores of the USA, says Aliran member Farish A Noor.
Orang Asli kata “pergi!”… tetapi JHEOA sendiri masih terhegeh-hegeh kata pelindung and pejuang Orang Asli, demikan kata Tijal Yok Chopil.
The melee when the police charged in
Sunny Lim turned up at the Abolish ISA vigil near Amcorp Mall to peacefully express his opposition to the ISA. Little did he realise that he would be arrested, along with 22 others, and hauled off to the police station. The things he saw that night have made him angry, very angry…
Change does not take 400 years to happen. In countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and others, change has been on the boil for some time now and there is ample evidence that the old crumbling structures of governments and institutionalised power are falling apart, observes Aliran member Farish Noor. Will Malaysians have to wait 400 years before they see a woman as Prime Minister? Or a Malaysian-minded Prime Minister who breaks away from the outdated structures of racialised politics?
Raja Petra was sensationally and unexpectedly freed after a successful habeas corpus application in court today. It is a victory not only for Raja Petra but for all those who campaigned hard for the release of the ISA detainees, participated in candlelight vigils, and signed petitions.
Belanjawan yang dibentangkan di Parlimen tidak ambilkira kemungkinan berlakunya kegawatan ekonomi di Malaysia. Tetapi rakyat biasa akan menghadapi pelbagai masalah yang serius jika berlakunya kegawatan, dan beribu-ribu pekerja akan kehilangan kerja, ujas Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj.
Democratic politicians in Malaysia and elsewhere should understand one simple fact: that democracy is not a licence for every sectarian grouping to come forth and make exclusive sectarian demands for itself and at the expense of the rest of the nation, warns Farish A Noor.
Most of the clashes between indigenous peoples, governments and international financial institutions have arisen due to differing interpretations of the term “development”. For indigenous peoples, the key issues include not just the right to protect and preserve their ancestral lands, but also often their very survival as a community, notes Terence Gomez.
Residence of Nik Aziz
Aliran member Farish A Noor had the chance to get up close and personal with Kelantan Mentri Besar Nik Aziz Nik Mat and was impressed that the Tok Guru still uses the same cheap plastic BIC ballpoint that he had first seen him use in 1999. There is a lesson to be learnt in this.
The Malaysian Bar has unanimously passed a resolution at its extraordinary general meeting calling for the release of all ISA detainees and the repeal of the ISA. Brendan Navin Siva and Tony Woon report for the Malaysian Bar.