P Ramakrishnan recalls how Malaysians woke up on 8 March 2008 after half a century of slumber. He now urges them to generate a new tsunami of progressive non-racist politics and eliminate racial politics in the country
In our cover story, P Ramakrishnan recalls how Malaysians woke up on 8 March 2008 after half a century of slumber. He now urges them to generate a new tsunami of progressive non-racist politics and to eliminate racial politics in the country.
There are worrying signs of another tsunami creeping up on us: a recession, which will hit the poor the hardest – especially after higher fuel prices earlier this year and uncontrolled speculation had sent food prices soaring. Aliran was one of the organisers of a forum looking at the Malaysian response to the global food price crisis.
Presiden Aliran P Ramakrishnan, dalam satu mesej hari ini yang disasarkan kepada parti politik dan ahli politiknya, berkata mereka ‘boleh main politik dengan apa carapun’; namun dia memberi amaran kepada mereka agar mereka tidak memikirkan bahawa politik lapok ras, personaliti atau cita-cita rakus boleh membantu mereka menangani tsunami ekonomi yang akan melanda mereka.
In our cover story, Khoo Boo 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. This should be seen in the light of Anwar’s experience of earlier defeat and the different phases of his public life, as outlined in an earlier piece by Boo Teik. Anwar’s experience has given him a better inkling of the issues that concern the rakyat.