Aliran CSI

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

Four urgent ways to tackle Malaysia’s obesity problem

Obesity is a complex problem that requires a multifaceted solution, says Noor Asmaliza Romlee. The...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

From Kaum Ibu to Kaum Reformasi (Part 2)

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...

Belgium and Malaysia: Similarities and dissimilarities

Paul Lim compares the decentralised federal system in Belgium with Malaysia's heavily centralised federation.

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...

Old politics trying hard to derail new Malaysia

Allowing ethno-religious arguments to triumph would only feed the flames of division and derail all attempts to create a new Malaysia that...

Why I ❤ Singapore buses

Simon Tan looks at how Rapid Penang and Rapid KL can increase their ridership by emulating Singapore's thoughtful planning and designing of...

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)...

The Felda Factor: Why Umno cannot take its ‘vote bank’ for granted

The Felda constituencies offer new opportunities for the Opposition in the coming general election owing to Felda's mounting financial problems and the BN's more...

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