Aliran Monthly 27:10 editor’s note

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am coverOur cover story looks at the Hindraf phenomenon which has set alarm bells ringing in the corridors of power.

The Hindraf rally was, in effect, a cry of the dispossessed, says Subramaniam Pillay,
and this  could radically alter the future political landscape. If
there is a much larger opposition in the next Parliament, the whole
dynamics of human and economic rights will undergo a dramatic change.

Tony Pua takes a close-up look at one of the Hindraf Five, V Ganabathirau, and discovers not a racist, but a concerned Malaysian who has selflessly sacrificed much in his quest for a better, more just Malaysia for all Malaysians.

Subramaniam was again in the thick of things, this time happy to participate with his better half in a significant event in the history of civil society in Malaysia – the Bersih rally. Don’t miss his eye-witness impressions.

Alarmed by the entry of global aluminium smelter Rio Tinto into Sarawak, Josef Roy Benedict pores over the firm’s tainted track record and warns Sarawakians that the smelter might not be the ticket to the good life that they had been led to believe.

Wong Soak Koon takes a break from all these pressing issues by making a trip to the local cineplex – only to find herself confronted with a string of intriguing issues in Robert Redford’s new film “Lions for Lambs”.

Rounding off this issue, P Ramakrishnan says that the only way to stop politicians from manipulating issues of race and religion is to deny the ruling coalition a two-thirds’ majority.

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