With household debt and federal government debt indicators rising and natural resources being depleted, it cannot be business as usual for the Malaysian economy. In our cover story, Anil Netto says it is time for a radical re-think of the economy.
In a related piece, Anil interviews Professor Ohashi Masaaki who highlights the importance of local democracy in promoting sustainable development in Japan. For instance, elected city, town and village councils played a key role in preventing Japan’s nuclear power plants from being restarted after the Fukushima disaster.
In our back cover story, Maznah Mohamad looks at the fall from grace of an ‘Umno Angel’ and wonders if in trying to save its body, Umno the party has lost its soul. P Ramakrishnan then takes to task former premier Tun Mahathir for his outrageous statements about the Pakatan administrations in Penang and Selangor of late.
Meanwhile Angeline Loh slams what she describes as the deception shown towards migrant workers who were promised an amnesty only to find the authorities launching crackdowns even before the expiry of the amnesty deadline.
Rounding off this issue, Soon Chuan Yean reviews Amir Muhammad’s book on old Malay movies and finds that ‘reel life’ in those classic flicks often reflected the ‘real life’ settings of that bygone era.