Is growth boon or bane? Can change be but a double-edged sword? Nicholas Chan examines this question in the light of urban development in Penang.
The election outcome in Sarawak and three other BN ‘fixed deposit’ states will decide whether BN remains at the federal level or PR creates history, writes Faisal S Hazis.
Genuine people-centred reforms and greater respect for human rights and civil liberties in Malaysia remain an illusion. Instead what we see are publicity stunts, slogans and spin, says Martin Jalleh as he takes us on a tour of the major areas of concern in the country.
If the BN wins yet again, it is going to demolish the morale of the people who had very strongly called for change in 2008, warns S Arutchelvan. It is time to work together to ensure change.
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?
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.
When political leaders fail us after 53 years of governance, Christopher Barnabas says it’s time we start to “think alternative” and vote for change come GE13 to bring in a new set of leaders.
The reds marching in Thailand on 27 March 2010
Does the holding of political rallies necessarily lead to chaos and disorder? CY explores this intriguing question in the light of the mass rallies now taking place in Thailand.
Instead of asking for change, perhaps if we begin working as though change is near and is about to happen anytime now, the future will seem less distant, says Yap Soo Huey.
It is critical that this public sphere is expanded so that there can be debate on alternative ideas and insights about our past, our present, and our future, says Francis Loh.