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Aliran’s Critical Socio-economic Insights are longer articles that provide indepth analyses of specific issues in the context of current trends.

The Rohingya: Who are they? Why are they in Malaysia?

The solution to the plight of the long-suffering stateless Rohingya is plain and simple, writes Francis Loh. There have been several newspaper reports about...

Najib Razak, dari demokrat ke diktator?

Tindakan keras diambil pentadbiran Najib, kerana rasionalisasi beliau terhadap umum telah menjadi kurang berkesan dan beliau kehabisan langkah-langkah lain (yang lebih lembut) untuk kekal...

Seven reasons why we should ditch Fitch

Anil Netto shows how rating agencies' concerns have little to do with the concerns of ordinary Malaysians and says the media should stop pandering...

How Iceland survived a financial crisis: Lessons for Malaysia

Malaysia can learn from how a small nation like Iceland survived a financial crisis by relying on its inherent strengths, writes Benedict Lopez. Our heavy...

Let’s avert a complete rout of the opposition in GE14

The opposition coalition must face up to fact that Malay support for Pakatan declined between 2008 and 2013 and address the concerns of rural...

Hudud (Part 1): Is Umno goading Pas?

Why does Umno now appear more receptive to Pas' attempt to push through private members' bills on the hudud? Francis Loh discusses the backdrop....

Ben Anderson (1936-2015): Scholar-activist in search of truth and justice

Ben Anderson, the author of Imagined Communities and doyen of South East Asian studies, was passionately committed to a scholarship in the quest for...

Hudud (Part 2): Umno restrategises – back to Old Politics

Umno figured that both PR and Pas had to be broken up for Umno to recover its electoral losses. And how better to create...

Fragmentation of Malays and intra-Umno conflict

Francis Loh analyses the divisions and confusion bubbling beneath the surface of Malaysian politics, especially revelant given the evident rifts at the ongoing Umno...

Lepers and May 13 victims: Shared space, taboos, memories in Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlement

Preserving the May 13 cemetery in SBLS and reconstructing the history of the May 13 riots could perhaps be a necessary beginning of a...

Government Transformation Programme: Real deal or farce?

Can this government be relied upon to look into the wellbeing of the Rakyat and transform their lives or will it use the GTP...

Towards a green economy: Malaysia can learn from Finland

A mini-evolution in our economy akin to Finland’s circular economy is what we need to pave the way towards an environmentally friendly economy, says...