Aliran Monthly 28: 3 editor’s note

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AM coverIn our cover story, Philip Khoo analyses the results of the general election. It wasn’t quite a new dawn but it was a liberation all the same, he said. We now need to rise above pursuing mere economic efficiency; we must promote a more holistic understanding of social solidarity to reduce inequalities and enhance capacities.

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then goes on to describe how the BN bullied, bluffed and bribed their way to victory in Sarawak. For democrats in Sarawak, it was a missed opportunity to push forward the agenda of political and economic reform in a state saturated with political abuse and corruption.

Over in neighbouring Sabah, G Lim observes that the more things stay the same, the more they change. For the first time, national rather than Sabah-only parties have shown that they can constitute a credible opposition force in the state.

The 12th general election has certainly opened the eyes of the people. And time is running out for Abdullah Badawi, warns K George. Can the PM push through meaningful reforms before he is shown the door?

Many Malaysians feel empowered by the outcome of the general election and sense that they can actually make a difference. Anil Netto reports on the Penang Forum, at which activists and other concerned Penangites agreed on a declaration outlining key areas of concern and proposals for submission to the state government.

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On a different note, players in the shipping industry are puzzled at the Port Klang Authority’s about-turn in liberalising the issuance of Container Packing Certificates. Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan wonders how serious port authorities are in ensuring the safety of dangerous cargo transportation.

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