Christopher Chong reflects on the Allah judgment and its implications for the political health of the nation.
These are highlights of an Aliran forum on Elections and Democracy in Malaysia featuring Bersih co-chair Ambiga Sreenevasan and Wong Chin Huat.
What the fundamentalists fear is not so much the idea of liberal Muslims trying to “secularise Islam”, but rather, of their “Islamising secularism”, says Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib.
A just peace must be based on an ideal understanding that national laws and policies are meant for all citizens regardless of racial differences without prejudice to the socio-economic position of the poor, says Linda Lumayag.
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Unless we tackle the inner demons of suspicion, mistrust and fear within us, we will be unable to achieve a democracy that is inclusive of the “unsexy” people whom we find hard to see as our equals, writes Cheah Wui Jia.
Democracy and human rights will become a privilege only for urban voters if we fail to recognise the importance of economic rights, says Cheah Wui Jia.
Once you go black, you never go back. Every challenge we face makes us better, stronger and closer, says Pravin Pillai.
A democracy that only looks real from the outside is nothing short of counterfeit, says Angeline Loh.
The Malaysian people are already the winners – even if electoral victory for their preferred political party is usurped through a flawed electoral system or fraud, says M M Pereira.