The existence of these groups is a hallmark of a democratic society, allowing the people to promote and protect their interests when they are threatened, says W H Cheng.
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?
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).