These policies will burden the people and widen further the income gap, says Prema Devaraj.
Malaysians need to put aside any discriminatory thoughts and uphold mutual tolerance, understanding and respect, ethics that are encouraged by every religion, observes Syerleena Abdul Rashid.
Transparency International Malaysia presented Aliran, The Integrity Award, in 2005 “for its continuing fight for justice, freedom and solidarity and for fearlessly promoting transparency, integrity and accountability.”
Malaysians must emulate the actions and deeds of these towering Malaysians in the cause of ‘Freedom, Justice and Solidarity’, says Francis Loh.
An early attempt by the Registrar of Societies to deregister Aliran backfired when the episode provided more publicity to its cause and made Aliran better known to Malaysians, recalls Francis Loh.
Wth scarcity of resources, Aliran launched its modest Aliran Quarterly in 1980 with the primary aim of providing analyses and commentaries of political, social and economic developments that occurred in the country, says Mustafa K Anuar.
For 33 years we carried on the good fight through Aliran Monthly – despite the obstacles and bureaucratic nuisance, recalls P Ramakrishnan.
Aliran Monthly, the magazine which provided independent alternative journalism in Malaysia long before the internet became popular, has printed its final issue after 33 eventful years, writes Himanshu Bhatt.
All good things must come to an end, except in this case the ending of the print magazine opens up a new digital era for Aliran.
In the aftermath of Bersih 2.0, recent weeks have seen one irregularity after another in the electoral process being exposed.
P Ramakrishnan looks at some of these dubious discrepancies and tactics and concludes that no real change is possible unless the Election Commission is disbanded and replaced and a new government comes to power.
First Selangor and now Penang. Both these states are blazing the trail by being the first two to table Freedom of Information Bills in their State Assemblies. Anil Netto sets the tone for Sarajun Hoda’s cover story by reiterating that freedom of information is a basic right, without which other rights may be rendered almost meaningless. FOI means just that: information must be freely available, says Sarajun, who examines the Selangor FOI Bill – only to find that it leaves much to be desired.
Bring back local council elections! That’s the theme of Tan Pek Leng’s cover story exploring the quest to reclaim our democracy. If the Local Government Act stands in the way, then it must go, she says; it is not because we are lawless but because we value our democracy.
Actually, a team of legal experts has advised the Penang government that it is legally possible to hold local government elections, reports Francis Loh. The Penang government will now have to decide whether to seek a court declaration on the issue.