Aliran Monthly 26: 8 editor’s note

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am coverOur cover story focuses on Khairy Jamaluddin, a man of many ‘talents’. But who is the real Khairy? Were he not the premier’s son-in-law, would he have much in common with Abdullah Badawi, wonders Khoo Boo Teik.

While Khairy hogs the headlines, A J Patrick pays tribute to a towering Malaysian, the late Tan Sri B C Sekhar, who not only advanced research into natural rubber but was also extremely concerned about plantation workers.

K George, for his part, points out that Malaysian workers are often unaware of labour law provisions and goes on to enlighten them about their basic rights.

Meanwhile, the fallout from the Pope’s remarks quoting a medieval emperor continues to be felt. Uri Avnery asks three questions: Why did the emperor say those words? Are they true? And why did the Pope quote them?

On a lighter note, Khoo Boo Teik reviews a book on a subject close to our hearts – or rather stomachs: Penang food, one of the few things here we can claim to be world-class!

Anil Netto dives into another publication, the Auditor General’s Report, and discovers that ‘goodwill’ has its price: RM4 billion over four years, to be exact.

Wong Soak Koon is troubled by events further afield, in the United States, where many seem to be willing to condone a shameless disregard for due process.

Someone who was on the receiving end of similar shameless disregard was Tun Salleh. We publish the second part of his rebuttal of the charges levelled against him. He also lobs new facts for Nazri Aziz to deal with. But P Ramakrishnan, in a damning article, concludes that Nazri and the Cabinet are simply not interested in justice.

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