Aliran Monthly 32: 7 editor’s note

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Sabah will be a focal point in the coming general election, especially after the defections of two BN MPs. If the opposition can avoid three-cornered contests then Sabah’s status as a BN ‘fixed deposit’ state could hang in the balance, observes Arnold Puyok.

P Ramakrishnan takes to task the makers of the Tanda Putera film for distorting history.

Over at Penang Forum 5, Lim Mah Hui writes that people must be at the centre of the development and planning process and must participate in it. They cannot be relegated to a footnote.

Lim Guan Eng maintains that Penang can be transformed into a place that attracts human talent and formulates people-centric policies.

At the forum, Francis Loh’s statement opposing the privatisation of Penang port was endorsed by some 200 participants.

Few Malaysians realise the country had a behind-the-scenes Olympian, Andrew Wong, in London, serving as an anti-doping official. Anil Netto discovers that it was Wong’s sixth Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, Jeyakumar Devaraj examines the global economy and finds an underlying thread behind the crisis: the gross maldistribution of world income.

Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan and Dzulkefly Ahmad discuss the hudud issue in the light of recent controversial statements made by politicians ahead of the elections and stress the need for the democratic process to mature.

Indeed, we have to look beyond elections, says Christopher Chong. Change happens because ordinary people decide they can no longer tolerate any action that harms the common good.

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