Aliran Monthly 29: 8 editor’s note

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AM coverIn our cover story, Sheridan Mahavera explores federal-state relations in relation to Sarawak and Sabah. The people of these two states have to believe that there is hope, not only for change through the ballot box but for a better shared destiny between east and west Malaysia.

Sheridan follows up by interviewing political economist Andrew Aeria, who speaks frankly about the divide between east and west and suggests what can be done to overcome it.

One of the big problems in the two north Borneo states is the exploitative development that has caused havoc especially in the interior of the region. Prema Devaraj looks at how this exploitation has extended to the sexual exploitation of marginalised indigenous girls and women. A more holistic and sustainable development is needed to put an end to it.

Jeyakumar Devaraj takes up the economic angle further, in explaining why he can’t support Najib’s Budget. While the PM’s slogan that the people should come first sounds good, it is not going to happen under an economic strategy that puts the interests of corporations in the forefront.

Good governance could help to transform our nation, and youths too must be involved. Anil Netto takes a peek at an awareness-raising workshop that opened the eyes of a group of young adults.

If we had good governance in place, one of the more mundane things that might change is the state of our public lavatories. Ask Angeline Loh who, fingers ready to pinch her nose, ventures into a  local airport toilet and…. promptly loses her appetite.

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