Aliran Monthly 28: 6 editor’s note

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Am coverIn our cover story, Khoo Boo Teik discusses the significance of three recent elections involving small towns and goes on to the suggest that Permatang Pauh could be a major political battleground whose outcome may have national significance. For many Malaysians, Permatang Pauh’s mission, come 26 August, is more than about returning Anwar to Parliament. This town has a national choice to make.

The recent hike in oil prices and inflationary trends are likely to figure prominently in the campaign. Wong Soak Koon looks back and reflects on the great oil price debate and laments its quality.

In the backdrop, Anwar faces a fresh charge of sodomy. Tommy Thomas discusses the implications of the second persecution of Anwar Ibrahim.

Freedom of opinion and expression came under assault by extremist elements in our society who wilfully disrupted the Bar Council forum by distorting facts. Read the Bar Council statement for a clearer picture. Sisters in Islam takes a principled stand and strongly condemn the extreme actions of some Muslim NGOs.

Meanwhile, veteran unionist N S Vigneswaran contends that pensioners who have served with devotion and dedication deserve to be treated better and they should be paid pensions based on the actual number of years of service as well as a cost of living allowance.  

But there is the light at the end of the tunnel for a marginalised community. Yogeswaran Subramaniam discusses the implications of recent developments in court on Orang Asli land rights.

P Patto who passed away 13 years ago is fondly remembered by Choo Sing Chye as one of the best and most effective parliamentarians.

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