Agnes James looks back at Sivarasa Rasiah’s campaign and finds herself struck by the sheer diversity of Malaysians who were determined to help him win the Subang seat.
Ever since Dr. Mahathir Mohamad got the fright of his life when Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah came within a whisker of defeating him in the 1987 Umno elections, Umno has devised a system of electoral nominations within the party that can only be politely described as “innovative” since it is designed exclusively to benefit the Umno [...]
“He has defeated the lion, he is our dragon” – Sungai Siput voter Probably the most-watched general election battle was the Sungai Siput contest in which underdog Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj sensationally upset the MIC strongman Samy Vellu. Kumar’s sister, Prema Devaraj, provides an enthralling account for Aliran Monthly of her involvement, alongside the people of [...]
The Selangor government exco member for housing, building management and urban pionners, Iskandar Abdul Samad, has assured housing rights activists that all evictions of urban pioneers have been halted in the state and all eviction notices withdrawn. Parames E has the story.
Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) ingin menarik perhatian rakyat dan media bahawa pada tahun 2008 ini, terdapat tahanan yang di tahan di bawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) tanpa bicara di Kem Tahanan Kamunting (Kemta) selama enam tahun. Ini kemungkinan satu tempoh yang paling lama dalam sejarah moden Malaysia, sebuah negara demokrasi.
Aliran is shocked to learn that Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar who is under ISA detention is being treated inhumanely. We find it difficult to believe that a country that has exalted the virtues of Islam Hadari could be so callous in the treatment of a human being – which is hard to believe or accept.
Aliran would like to bring to public attention the continuing violence perpetrated against migrants and refugees in this country. It is amazing that the public at large is still ignorant of all this human rights violation happening right under our noses. Moreover, most of the Malaysian public remain ignorant of who refugees are or why [...]
Judicial review of laws is the most important legal weapon in the hands of the Judges to rectify the mistakes committed by the Executive. This power has been taken away from the Judges. It should be re-instated, assertsMohd Ali.
Judging by Pas’s pragmatic record and successes in the past, the Islamist party may yet surprise the sceptics by adapting its Islamist politics to suit the needs and aspirations of the younger generation of Malaysian voters who voted for the party, observes Farish Noor. These voters opted for Pas not because they wanted to see [...]
On Sunday, 13 April 2008, civil society groups and concerned individuals in Penang are coming together to debate and propose plans of action on how they can work with the new Penang state government to implement people-centred development and to promote more democratic, participatory and transparent governance. Registration: Phone 658 5251 during office hours or [...]