Cheah Wui Jia reports on the GE13 forum that was held in Ipoh which reminded her of Bersih and the need for change
Cheah Wui Jia reports on a GE13 forum held at a church hall in Penang and came away impressed with the large enthusiastic turnout.
Election fever is in the air, and some 200 people gathered to listen to speakers from Aliran discuss the burning issues in the coming general election.
Bringing you live coverage from the Aliran forum at the Caring Society Complex in Penang. Live blogging from 7.45pm.
Aliran will be organising a public forum on the burning issues of the coming general election on 8 March – exactly five years after the last general election.
Aliran is horrified and outraged by the recent incident when a mob provocatively gate-crashed a peaceful forum organised by Anything But Umno (Abu)-Hindraf in Klang.
No doubt the rowdies in Penang who disrupted an anti-ISA forum had their moment in the limelight, but the damage done, however, was not to the anti-ISA campaign, but to themselves, observes Ms Batik.
If the present government does not want to change the system, then the rakyat can change the Government in the next GE. S H Tan reports from a forum in Penang in support of Teoh Beng Hock.
Malaysiakini reports on an anti-Goods and Services Tax (GST) forum held in KL. Among the speakers were Aliran exco member Subramaniam Pillay and Aliran member Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj.
To unilaterally demand that a perfectly sensible, responsible and objective public forum be stopped on account of the perceived injury to one community – real or imagined – smacks of bias and prejudice, and the failure to even understand the anxiety of other communities, observes Farish A Noor. One is compelled to ask if these ‘defenders of Islam’ have even thought of the pain and anguish caused to those families who have seen and lived through broken marriages, divorces and grave-robbings? Or do the feelings of other communities not count, and do other communities have no sensitivities?