Leaders must not mudah lupa the people who put them in power in the first place lest they themselves be forgotten in the long run, writes Mustafa K Anuar.
Aliran hails the judgment of the Kuala Lumpur High Court and salutes Justice Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim for his honesty and integrity in delivering a judgment that does justice to his profession.
Unlike the previous judgments on various issues pertaining to and contributing to the Perak political crisis, which were totally disappointing and appalling, this particular judgment has done credit to the judiciary.
Democracy is in crisis in Perak. When politicians don’t respect the democratic process or accept the verdict of the people as their choice of government it is democracy that falls victim to these unscrupulous elements.
What had happened in Perak is the subversion of the people’s government by elements courting unethical and corrupt people to bring about the downfall of a duly elected government.
The Oppressed People’s Network (Jerit) has initiated a nationwide cycling campaign that carries the theme of ’Rakyat Pengayuh Perubahan’ which means People The Force of Change. This campaign is spearheaded by community leaders and ordinary Malaysians such as plantation workers, industrial workers, farmers, urban pioneers, students and youth groups
Most of the clashes between indigenous peoples, governments and international financial institutions have arisen due to differing interpretations of the term “development”. For indigenous peoples, the key issues include not just the right to protect and preserve their ancestral lands, but also often their very survival as a community, notes Terence Gomez.
Khoo Book Teik looks at how Anwar has come to personify many dissident, even conflicting tendencies. His two different images – that of a conquering political leader and frequently disabled politician – capture society’s current predicament. We have moved towards more open dissent; and yet we are unsure if we can really achieve a more open political system.
“He has defeated the lion, he is our dragon” – Sungai Siput voter
Probably the most-watched general election battle was the Sungai Siput contest in which underdog Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj sensationally upset the MIC strongman Samy Vellu. Kumar’s sister, Prema Devaraj, provides an enthralling account for Aliran Monthly of her involvement, alongside the people of Sg Siput, in this amazing campaign.