Instances where ordinary people went after ordinary people because of ethnic reasons are very rare. The real dangers came in the very severe moments of political and economic crisis. Shannon Teoh of the Malaysian Insider interviews Khoo Boo Teik.
In our cover story, Mohamed Hanipa looks at the constitutional impasse in Perak and the impact of the Court of Appeal’s decision favouring Zambry.
We reproduce a series of statements reflecting Aliran’s stand on the Perak power grab, the constitutional crisis and the judicial maneuvering. This is followed by a series of public statements from prominent personalities, mostly urging the BN team to go back to the Perak people and let them resolve the issue at the ballot box once and for all.
In our cover story, Andrew Aeria looks at the state of our democracy one year after 8 March 2008. What he uncovers is not a pretty picture – much of the abuse of power and nonsense still remains. Electoral democracy, human rights, the judiciary and the media all remain broken.
Nowhere is this more glaring than in Perak. Martin Jalleh describes how political roguery has run riot. Umno’s backroom politics engineered a backdoor takeover of the state from under the rakyat’s noses, providing Najib with the perfect background to lead Bolehland into a political backwater.