Aliran Monthly 27: 2 editor’s note

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am coverWhat does Anwar Ibrahim think of the controversy surrounding Article 121(1A) and the judiciary? In a cover story interview with the reformasi icon, we get him to speak frankly about the state of inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations, especially in the light of the Moorthy Maniam case and the aborted Article 11 Coalition road-show last year. He talks about his own efforts at encouraging intra-Muslim dialogue and then takes a critical look at the state of the judiciary today, including former Lord President Tun Salleh’s attempt to clear his name.

The latest case to hit the headlines is the Subashini case. We carry reactions from three civil society groups: the Malaysian Consultative Council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST); the All Women’s Action Society of Malaysia (Awam) and the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO). These and other groups have called on the authorities to uphold Constitutional provisions.

Another areas of concern to all Malaysians is health care. Toh Kin Woon traces the history of the  health system in Malaysia, and notes with concern  the current mismatch of resources between the public and private health care system. It is a situation that allows the rich to obtain quality health care of their choice while the poor have to put up with an overstretched public health care system. Also included are the resolutions passed at a national health care financing forum.

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