Is it not the unequal distribution of power in society that has created a wide gap between the rich and the poor, which in turn has contributed to the increase in crime and corruption? Analysing these issues requires politicians who are competent social analysts, says Ronald Benjamin.
As the country faces relentless economic development, NGOs and Suhakam have a pivotal role to play in ensuring that the rights of the people are not neglected and the negative impact of development is minimised, writes Jerald Joseph.
It is a real pity that Najib has turned down Anwar’s challenge to debate their economic policies, says P Ramakrishnan. Najib’s decision has not taken anyone by surprise but Malaysians are disappointed that the premier has failed to justify his criticism of Pakatan’s plan through a televised national debate.
Should not the the Prime Minister change his government policies to meet the needs of the rakyat instead of forcing the rakyat to change to meet his policy needs, asks Rani Rasiah in an open letter to the premier.
Perhaps, in these troubled times, it is time for us to recall the Tunku’s legacy. After 52 years of nationhood, let us demand greater accountability, integrity and compassion, says V Chakaravarthy.
It is always important to ask the key question: who in society is benefiting from economic growth? This question, unfortunately, is not much asked these days. Instead, the obsession is only with growth, writes Toh Kin Woon.
Ketuanan Rakyat observes that the government’s proposed Orang Asli land policy is a recipe for planned poverty.
One of the big problems in the two north Borneo states is the exploitative development that has caused havoc especially in the interior of the region. Prema Devaraj looks at how this exploitation has extended to the sexual exploitation of marginalised indigenous girls and women. A more holistic and sustainable development model is needed to put an end to it.
Anil Netto looks at the Pakatan Rakyat economic orientation and questions whether its pro-business policies are compatible with pro-people sustainable development.
As Najib marks a hundred days in office as Prime Minister, the country is faced with political problems at a time of increasing economic difficulties, leaving the lower-income group most vulnerable. John Inbaraj writes an open plea to the PM, urging him to ensure that the poor can walk with dignity.