Demonising the ‘Other’

We should stop this practice and instead infuse international affairs with compassion and concern for the human being, says K Haridas.The agenda ultimately sets...

Embracing humanity, building justice

Mustafa Kamal Anuar reminds us of the importance of embracing humanity and building justice. He points out that human misdeeds have poured scorn on...

Merdeka, modernity and the Lina Joy controversy

Francis Loh looks at the controversy surrounding the competing civil-sharia jurisdictions in the light of the Lina Joy decision and other recent similar cases...

Status, rights and responsibilities: What happens when a spouse converts to Islam?

In 2006, a representative of the Attorney General’s Chambers announced in the United Nations that they were studying amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage...

Federal Constitution must remain supreme

In the Lina Joy decision, the express provisions of the Federal Constitution were made to give way to an interpretation of some form of...

Full Bench should have sat

The decision by the Federal Court in the Lina Joy appeal by a 2-1 majority cannot be authoritative enough for the decision to be...

Time for change

If the ruling coalition is denied a two-thirds parliamentary majority, it would be forced to become accountable, to respect the people’s rights and to...

Activists challenge Burmese junta: Release Suu Kyi

Jakarta: A group of activists representing human rights organisations from East and South-East Asia have renewed calls for the immediate release of Burmese democracy...

Why Malaysia should ratify the International Criminal Court

What if tomorrow the US seventh fleet positions itself in the Straits of Malacca and begins to rain cluster bombs on our cities? David...

Leaks and dislikes of Malaysian politics

Malaysians are paying taxes for the upkeep of  parliamentarians who, unfortunately, at times double up as court jesters, observes Mustafa Kamal Anuar. Life will never...

Aliran Monthly 27: 4 editor’s note

In our cover story, Francis Loh looks at the controversy surrounding the competing civil-sharia jurisdictions in the light of the Lina Joy decision and...

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