Aliran Monthly 31: 3 editor’s note


The upcoming Sarawak state election has grabbed our attention and the outcome could have far-reaching implications for both BN and Pakatan. Faizal S Hazis looks at the hot seats and wonders whether electoral dynamics will sway to the opposition or the BN.

The extent of poverty and income inequality in Sarawak will be major election issues. The pro-BN boasts that under CM Taib Mahmud, the poverty rate has plunged to 5.3 per cent. But Philip Khoo counters that the real figure could be much higher. Abang Benet then pronounces that capitalism in the state in its current form only considers the interests of the BN elites around Taib. If evidence is needed, just take a short trip out of town, as our correspondent SD did, and see how rural Sarawakians live – many without regular electricity, piped water and proper toilets.

P Ramakrishnan touches on another hot potato: the obstacles hindering the distribution of Malay-language bibles. Still not convinced why we should be interested in the Sarawak polls? Put it this way, if the BN loses Sarawak, they are likely to lose all of Malaysia and risk exposure of their misdeeds, writes Rama Ramanathan. More Malaysians and others must find their voice; Christopher Chong reminds us we need to reclaim the public square as a forum for responsible civil discussions.

Turning to the economy, Jeyakumar Devaraj observes that the global economy is in trouble as there just isn’t enough demand to attract industrial investment. More employers are now turning to labour outsourcing agents for workers, prompting Charles Hector to call for a restoration of a proper employer-employee relationship.

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11 Apr 2011 11.03pm

Pakatan belongs ONLY in Peninsular Malaysia and has no business in Sarawak or East Malaysia. There will be no better tomorrow is Pakatan takes over where BN left so do not vote for either BN… or Pakatan …. Local Orang Asli and Sarawakians, vote for LOCAL PARTIES that are unaligned with BN. Do not let Pakatan become another BN by allowing them to dominate both Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. That would give Pakatan too much power and this BN type scenario reenactment by PR must not be allowed. Pakatan … must not be allowed hegemony over both East and Peninsular Malaysia either. Orang Aslis and Sarawakians, vote for your own locals, DO NOT allow Peninsular Parties to take control of East Malaysia now that BN’s influence ended. You are merely signing away power to Peninsular parties AGAIN. Vote local parties only! And non-BN… parties at that! The below list will help voters decide that 3rd Force Coalition as proposed below is the best choice for the people : Barisan Coalition – … Corrupt and Nepotistic Oligarchs Pakatan Coalition – Corrupt and Nepotistic Oligarchs 3rd Force… Read more »

22 May 2011 4.32pm

You are the best comment I had ever read so far as it is exactly what I have in mind.

Still, all this current party are all capable of governing but is just that all are not capable to guarantee us to nullify corruption.

Racism is getting worst in Malaysia, I’m weary that all of this “drama” will cause us (trouble). A new national party should emerge as this country should count every citizen have equal rights!! …

Democracy…. nowadays democracy in Malaysia looks more like doctrine to me.