Rather than turn to opposition parties or former Umno-BN leaders for leadership, civil society leaders ought to steer the direction of politics, even while engaging in creative alliances with them, says Francis Loh.
The Citizens’ Declaration calling for Najib’s removal even if initiated by the “wrong forces” does add a new element of hope and agency to the goal of progressive political change in Malaysia, says Johan Saravanamuttu.
Civil society has responded to the sedition arrests with strong calls to abolish the Sedition Act and announced the formation of Gerak Hapuskan Akta Hasutan (GHAH), write Prema Devaraj and Chris Chong.
As another round of talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) began yet again behind closed doors, Badan Bertindak Bantah TPPA issued a joint statement expressing their position and the grave concerns that they have as Malaysians.
Independent women’s organisations and activists have called on Asean governments and the current Asean chair, Cambodia, to embrace civil society as a vital democratic partner instrumental to the enjoyment of human rights, reports the Women’s Caucus on APF/ACSC 2012.