Aliran Monthly 28: 1 editor’s note

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am coverIt’s almost polling day! We presume most of
you have already made up your minds which party to vote for. If you
haven’t, take a look at our issue.

In our cover story, P Ramakrishnan urges Malaysians to vote for
democracy and for a stronger opposition. We don’t need a strong
government, he says. We need a just government with checks and
balances. Apart from this, we desperately need candidates who are
trustworthy and accountable, those who will nurture and defend the
democratic process, says Prema Devaraj.

With Pas and the DAP expected to make gains, all eyes are on how Keadilan will fare. Terence Netto explores whether Keadilan’s multi-racial agenda will find support in the mixed constituencies, where the BN traditionally had an advantage.

Meanwhile, most of the mainstream media coverage has been dominated with news about personalities and their campaigns. Unfortunately, there has been little discussion and debate about the issues that matter most to the people. If you are fed up with the mainstream coverage, listen to Helen Ang tell us about a civil activism effort urging Malaysians to boycott the newspapers.

To fill this gap, we look at some of the most pressing issues: health care, the Election Commission and the integrity of the electoral process, the call for a minimum wage, the need for local plans to avoid haphazard development, the abolition of detention without trial and the restoration of local council elections. That’s not all. Mohd Ali desperately urges us to save the judiciary while Anil Netto questions whether the BN’s top-down model of economic development is sustainable in the long run.

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Finally, look up our thinking voters’ checklist before going out to vote. Remember, vote for democracy! Vote for a stronger opposition!

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