Malaysia needs to introduce more inclusive public policies to meet the basic needs of everyone, including women, says Veronica Anne Retnam.
In our cover story, Faisal S Hazis says that the people of Sabah and Sarawak need a government that puts people at the forefront of its development struggle instead of championing a so-called ‘Borneo Agenda’ that does little to analyse and reform unjust power structures.
The underlying thread behind the current economic crisis is the gross maldistribution of world income, asserts Jeyakumar Devaraj.
Martin Jalleh puts Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman’s remark that Sabahans should be “thankful” to their leaders under a magnifying glass and finds instead that the state has the highest poverty rate in the federation.
As long as there are huge man-eating crocodiles in rivers to blame, the political and corporate crocodiles of Sarawak will continue feasting – unconscionably – upon the lives of the poor, observes Abang Benet.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu admits the state does clear forests to plant oil palm as part of efforts to wipe out poverty. But hang on a sec, says Philip Khoo; what happened to RM19bn in logging royalties that the state should have received from a hundred million trees chopped down?
All it would have take is RM634m a year to eliminate poverty in the country by a direct handout to poor households, says our correspondent.
No, it won’t take tens of billions; only RM61.5m a year in direct handouts is needed to eliminate poverty in Sarawak, notes our correspondent.
Official poverty figures appear contradictory, points out our correspondent: it is almost certainly impossible that poverty in Sabah has plunged to less than a third of what it was in 2009, especially since it has apparently fallen by only 25 per cent in Sarawak.
The upcoming Sarawak state election has grabbed our attention and the outcome could have far-reaching implications for both BN and Pakatan. Faizal S Hazis looks at the hot seats and wonders whether electoral dynamics will sway to the opposition or the BN.