Aliran Monthly 29: 7 editor’s note

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am cover 29: 7In our cover story Anil Netto looks at the Pakatan Rakyat’s economic orientation and questions whether its pro-business policies are compatible with pro-people sustainable development.

Within the Pakatan, Pas appears to be speaking with different voices to different constituencies, observes Farish Noor, who says the party can and should play a key role in determining the development of democracy in Malaysia.

Training the spotlight on the Barisan, Martin Jalleh feels the MIC does not have much of a future, thanks to its long-serving president, Samy Vellu, who could sink the party along with himself.

Fan Yew Teng, for his part, takes issue with Muhyiddin’s recent outburst; what a stark contrast to Umno founder Onn Jaafar, who was more inclusive and open, he observes. Indeed, Fathol Zaman Bukhari recalls with nostalgia an era when things were so different.

In reviewing a new book by Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj’s new book, Francis Loh questions whether the impetus for change should come from a worker-based socialist movement or a broad-based popular democratic alliance.

Looking back at the Abolish ISA rally, Ravinder Singh Dhaliwal, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri and Stephanie Bastian pay tribute to the unsung Legal Aid lawyers who secured the early release of those detained during the rally.

As the global economy struggles to shake off a recession, Michael Lim Mah Hui says its long-term structural causes lie in the nexus between economic inequality, debt and financial explosion.

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