The prospect of a democratic wave sweeping through Malaysia is simply too terrifying for supporters of the status quo over here – hence the need for a bogeyman, observes Azmil Tayeb.
Half a century after independence, Malaysians remain clueless as to who and what they are, and remain as distant as ever from that once cherished ideal of a Malaysian nation for all Malaysians, observes Farish Noor.
Rebecca Solnit describes how the death of a Tunisian vegetable seller became the catalyst for the fall of so many dictators in what is known as the Arab Spring.
A six-person team from Aliran submitted its concerns on the electoral system to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reform yesterday in Penang.
Doubts over Prime Minister Najib’s commitment to democratic reform have intensified with this week’s passing of the “ironically” named Peaceful Assembly Bill, writes Anil Netto.
The young people protesting in Wall Street and beyond reject the present vain economic order. They have come to reclaim the future, reports David Graeber of The Guardian.
Penang Forum, a coalition of 14 Penang-based NGOs, had a closed-door meeting with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday to discuss pressing issues affecting the state, reports Susan Loone of Malaysiakini.
Farish A Noor longs to see the day when the political and ideological boundaries between Malaysia and Indonesia will be overcome by a higher humane spirit that transcends the narrow parochialism of cheap, crass politics.
The “impartiality” of NGOs in Penang, raised in an article in an Umno-linked newspaper that questioned why they have remained silent on many issues, has been rubbished by social activists in the state, reports Susan Loone of Malaysiakini.
There are no safeguards for undocumented migrant and asylum seekers in Malaysia: they’re open to arrest and detention in immigration detention centres, says Angeline Loh in an interview with Radio Australia.