Aliran Monthly 27: 7 editor’s note


Am coverWhat are we focusing on in this issue? Correct! Correct! Correct! It’s the explosive Lingam video clip and the impact it has had on Malaysian society.

In our cover story, P Ramakrishnan asserts that everything that could go wrong with the judiciary has gone wrong. The only way to redeem the judiciary, he argues, is to appoint a royal commission of inquiry with broad powers to look into all that ails the bench.

Yeo Yang Poh then warns us that ‘the politics of disappearance’ – the gradual disappearance of societal pillars such as justice, fairness, democracy and accountability – is flourishing in Malaysia. It is time for Malaysians to banish such disappearances.

Meanwhile,  the Coalition Against Health Care Privatisation urges the Prime Minister to cancel the Full-Paying Patients scheme as it will affect the quality of care provided to the lower-income group. Jeyakumar Devaraj then calls for the law to be amended to protect the rights and welfare of retrenched plantation workers.

In our back cover story, Rustam Sani wonders if ‘Malay cowardice’ is really a problem as some once powerful Umno leaders suggest. To create a modern, dynamic Malay society, he argues that  Malay society must first be freed from the shackles of forced homogeneity.

In another piece, Rama recalls the ups and downs in the 30 years of Aliran. Those in Aliran were once labelled and abused – but at the same time, they also discovered the joy of standing up for justice and found what makes living worthwhile. Anil Netto meanwhile writes about another ‘alternative’ night to remember, coming so close as it did to the official celebrations to mark 50 years of Merdeka.

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