US foreign assistance comes with strings attached, including putting in place neoliberal policies that have undermined national development, destroyed numerous local jobs, and widened the income gap, reports Ibon International.
Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj reacts to a sugary budget that fails to tackle the serious challenges facing the nation.
If after five decades of nationhood, there is still no minimum wage act to provide a minimum guarantee, this government is totally irrelevant to the vast majority of Malaysians, says Rani Rasiah.
There is a chance that the government may institute a minimum wage, says Rani Rasiah. But the catch is it is likely to be merely cosmetic, and not a minimum living wage.
It is clear that it is the corporate agenda – and not the needs or welfare of the workers – that is driving the proposed amendments to labour laws, asserts S Arutchelvan.
Reign in the Hyenas! Invite in the Sabre-Toothed Tigers! The NEM policies are actually recycled neo-liberal IMF/World Bank prescriptions, warns Jeyakumar Devaraj.
Liberalisation of services will make life more difficult for the majority of Malaysians and fuel resentment among the marginalised, writes Jeyakumar Devaraj.
The fact the social democratic left have lost the political offensive in the context of the class struggle in India also finds reflection in their over-emphasis on electoral politics, to the virtual exclusion of all non-electoral struggles, observes Deepankar Basu.
The rakyat are now suffering under the burden of neo-liberal economic ideology, which Wong Kok Keong says has done more harm than good.
Karl Karol, the Australian consultant tasked with coming up with a recommendation on how to finance our health care system, is proposing a model that is neo-liberal to the core, observes a worried Jeyakumar Devaraj. And civil society has not been consulted.