In our cover story, we publish our open letter to the Prime Minister asking him to take a clear stand on the disrupted forum in Penang.
In the aftermath of the disruption, some media reports published contradictory and confused accounts of what transpired. To set the record straight, we carry an eyewitness account of the sequence of events that morning.
We also carry a clarification from the WAO of what the Article 11 coalition is all about. A whole range of groups and individuals reacted to the disrupted forum. We publish a range of views, a couple of which contained veiled threats and warnings of dire consequences.
Prema Devaraj is left pondering over how such an incident could occur. Martin Jalleh, on the other hand, takes to task those who used irrational arguments to justify their irrational behaviour.
The forum was held not long after Malaysia’s election into the new United Nations Human Rights Council. That should have been a matter of pride, but Angeline Loh wonders whether the government will be able to fulfil its lofty pledges to uphold human rights.
Commenting on the electricity tariff hikes, Ong Eu Soon says the government is passing on the cost of TNB’s mismanagement to the Malaysian public. The cost of living keeps rising while many remain poor. David Anthony visits a few Indian Malaysian homes and discovers that their plight has not changed much over the years. Some women too are suffering in silence. Burung Pipit calls on Malaysians to act now to put a stop to violence against women.
Philip Khoo wraps up our issue with a thorough analysis of how the opposition managed to make sharp inroads in the Sarawak state elections held in May.
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