Aliran CSI

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

Will Pakatan Harapan win the general election?

The swing in Malay votes from BN to PH, together with solid support for PH from non-Malays, can overcome the negative effect of Pas’...

The Mega Infrastructure Project – an Elephant Analogy, with Ants

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)...

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...

Healing our loss, rising above muddy waters

We cannot attribute floods and landslides to bad luck which we can do nothing about; such attribution would be a sheer denial of responsibility,...

Lies”R”Us: Think before you ‘like’ and ‘share’

Among those who ‘share’ posts on social media, how many bother to check the authenticity of what they are sharing, wonders Mary Chin. When...

Economy, taxation, checks and balances: Mundane issues matter

What the Rakyat feel on the ground will influence their perception of whether good governance and transparency exists in reality, says Citizen in Action....

Penangites’ ultimate korban

Sacrificed on the altar of development were migrants at their work-site - and Nature itself, writes Mary Chin. Every day is festive in this...

Continued weakening of labour movement in post-independence Malaysia

Will workers and unions choose to remain in the ‘restricted space’ provided for them by the British colonial government and now the Umno-BN government,...

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...

History of the labour movement in Malaysia

In a three-part series, Charles Hector looks at the history of the workers' struggle spanning from the struggle for independence, British suppression and the...

What to do with the refugees? A proposal

If Malaysians have so far been taught tolerance as the key to peace, now is an opportune time to learn solidarity, writes Mary Chin....

Malaysia needs a manifesto for change that transcends TN50

We must take a new direction; the old NEP should not be put in a new bottle, says Thuraisingham Shan. It is just a...
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