Malaysian and Philippine civil society groups issued a joint statement last month calling for immediate dialogue to resolve the conflict in Sabah.
Patricio N Abinales traces the larger historical backdrop surrounding the Sulu intrusion into Sabah.
The Sabah issue has become for me a barometer to measure our own understanding of ourselves and who we are, writes Farish Noor.
Are we moving towards a progressive culture of policy making or are we being stumped by political rhetoric, wonders Running Out Of Inspiration.
Members of the recent Philippines’ House mission to Saudi were shocked to speechlessness by the torrent of tales of cruelty, domestic repression and rape they heard from overseas Filipina domestic workers, writes Walden Bello.
It is by thinking up more creative means of engagement, rather than counting more reasons for resignation, that we subvert the sources of our frustration and scepticism; and begin to turn things around, writes Aya Fabros in an observer despatch.
Poster campaigns in the town proper of Tanauan City, Batangas Province
CY compares the election campaign here with that of the Philippines and concludes that Malaysian political democratisation lags far behind that of the Philippines.
Yeoh Seng Guan reports on the widespread use of political merchandising and the internet during the ongoing Philippines election campaign and wonders if we will see the same kind of blitz during the next Malaysian general election.
Local government elections encourage the people to be critical and politically well informed and involved. Ultimately, the people have the right to choose and decide on matters that concern them, despite the politicking, says CY.