Aliran Monthly 27: 6 editor’s note

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latest am coverIn our cover story, Zaharom Nain explores the world of blogging in Malaysia. Bloggers are providing a real alternative to the mainstream media and countering the distortions and unravelling the propaganda. No wonder the authorities are sitting up and taking notice.

In a colourful centrefold story, Shakila Abdul Manan describes a praiseworthy effort at uncovering the untold story of the much-maligned Ronggeng girls while evoking the true spirit of Muhibbah.

Merdeka survivor Hamid Ibrahim, who witnessed the lowering of the Union Jack at the Selangor Padang, urges Malaysians to remember the very foundations on which the country was built.

In our back-cover story, P Ramakrishnan traces civil society’s journey since Merdeka and observes that it has shown remarkable resilience in growing from strength to strength despite the setbacks it has encountered.

Fifty years on, should politicians continue harping on the NEP? Koon Yew Yin points out that the Malays have made their presence felt in the professions and so there should be less insecurity all round.

But our oil and gas resources are rapidly depleting.   Enough has been wasted and Tony Pua urges the government to invest now in the country’s human resources. Enough also has been taken away from the Orang Asli, observes Yogeswaran Subramaniam, and it is now time to give a little back to them.

Meanwhile, Angeline Loh serendipitously stumbles on a festival of games for refugee children that  turns out to be the closest thing to peace on earth that she has experienced.

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