Malaysian and Philippine civil society groups issued a joint statement last month calling for immediate dialogue to resolve the conflict in Sabah.
Listen to the Chief Minister outline his vision of Penang as an international city, hear out civil society’s presentation of the present reality and then participate in the discussions. But first, please register for Penang Forum 5 scheduled for 4 August 2012.
The “impartiality” of NGOs in Penang, raised in an article in an Umno-linked newspaper that questioned why they have remained silent on many issues, has been rubbished by social activists in the state, reports Susan Loone of Malaysiakini.
Mustafa K Anuar looks at the recent brouhaha over an article in The Star on the caning of three women, which was followed by a police report and a show-cause letter. These reactions are tantamount to criminalising civilised discourse in a democracy, he observes.
The call in 8 March 2008 was for change. The Pakatan Rakyat has ruled Penang since then. Two years later, what has changed? What has the new Penang state government achieved or has it lost its way? Are there obstacles we don’t know about? How has the state government responded to calls from civil society, not least the Penang Forum, for changes in the Penang Agenda? Where are we up to and what can we map out for ourselves and for the state government?
Academicians, NGO representative and grassroots communities came together to articulate a Malaysian response in the face of the global food price crisis, reports Jojo M Fung, SJ.
The Star, among other dailies, today carried a front-page banner headline that screamed, “No consent” (referring to the Yang DiPertuan Agong's apparent disapproval of the recent “illegal' Bersih rally, which concluded with the submission of a memorandum to the palace in Kuala Lumpur on 10 November 2007).
The Pesta Rakyat Merdeka was about the people’s struggle for greater human rights, socio-economic justice and sustainable development, observes Toh Kin Woon, who launched the event.
Human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration should form the overarching basis of the Charter, a string of Malaysian civil society groups have asserted in a statement of key concerns.