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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.

Five things we learned about Penang’s ‘three islands’ mega project

Anil Netto joined a group of hikers on an expedition to southern Penang Island to find a panoramic coastline that could be changed forever...

Serially late: 1MDB’s tale of missed deadlines

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Anil Netto looks at the challenges and tribulations that a succession of 1MDB's external auditors have gone through and the repeated delays in the...

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

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

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...

The Mega Infrastructure Project – an Elephant Analogy, with Ants

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To prevent corruption and get the most cost-effective deal, don’t let the elephant dictate and always be aware that what the ants (the people)...

How the British suppressed the labour movement in Malaya

In the second of a three-part series, Charles Hector examines how the British moved to weaken the blossoming Malayan labour movement. The British colonial...

From Kaum Ibu to Kaum Reformasi (Part 2)

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In the second of her two-part series, Zeenath Kauser looks at how the women’s empowerment in the early Kaum Ibu movement manifested itself again...

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...

The Youth will set us free

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Francis Loh explores the role of Malaysian youth in politics and the coming general election and finds that they are not the problem, but...

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

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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...

Can Penang be a healthy one-planet city? (Part 1)

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We do not value the fundamental role the environment plays in our lives, and thus we exploit and damage it in the...

Covid-19: Why do some patients fare so badly?

If we can get some insight into this, we can try out various strategies to address the factors that make this group...

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