Sidelining the MCA while appointing Waythamoorthy in the latest cabinet line-up reflects a politics of selfish expediency undertaken by a confused PM, says K Haridas.
Malaysia does not need another communitarian party that caters to the primary concerns of a particular ethnic or religious community, says Farish A Noor. We already forced have too many parties based on ethnic and religious loyalties, and yet another sectarian party like Mindraf will hardly bring us any closer to a Malaysia where identity is based on universal citizenship and equal rights.
Many Malaysians are deeply concerned about the seemingly deliberate denial of medical treatment for ISA detainee and Hindraf adviser P Uthayakumar. The Kamunting detention centre’s denial of urgent medical treatment for Uthayakumar, whose health is fast deteriorating, is a deliberate violation of the Hindraf leader’s human rights, asserts Angeline Loh.
It has been brought to Aliran’s attention that ISA detainee and Hindraf adviser P Uthayakumar has suffered a mild heart attack while under detention in Kamunting.
We are further informed that Uthayakumar underwent an ECG test last Monday at the Taiping Hospital and was told that it was necessary for him to be referred to the National Heart Institute (IJN) for further tests.
Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) merasa bertanggungjawab untuk mengeluarkan satu
kenyataan media berkenaan dengan gesaan bekas Menteri Kerja Raya, S Samy Vellu, yang mahukan supaya lima tahanan ISA
Hindraf dibebaskan. Gesaan beliau tersebut dipetik oleh akhbar Utusan
Malaysia keluaran hari ini. Lima orang pemimpin Hindraf berkenaan
telah ditahan di bawah ISA sejak 13 Disember 2007.
Zooming in on what is going in Malaysian society in the aftermath of recent demonstrations organised by lawyers, the Bersih coalition and Hindraf, Khoo Boo Teik observes that the goodwill that was shown to Abdullah Badawi in 2003-2004 has largely evaporated. Is there is a whiff of reformasi in the air now?
Many of the economic problems facing Indian Malaysians are also experienced by workers of all races in Malaysia – even the Malays. So the struggle for socio-economic justice must be reoriented to make it more multi-racial, says Aliran member Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, who is tipped to contest against Samy Vellu in the coming general election.
In the aftermath of recent rallies, fiction writer Beth Yahp pens an open letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to unmuzzle the media and practise real democracy.
"When this integral pillar of any democratic system is obstructed and
belittled, as it is in Malaysia, we cannot claim to live in a
democracy," she writes. "Our mainstream media then become merely tools of the
State, used to hoodwink, brainwash and intimidate the people they should
rightly be serving. Instead, we, the people, are spoon-fed, led and
expected to go quietly like sheep to any foregone conclusion."