Pesta Rakyat Merdeka: A new beginning?

Tired of the official Merdeka celebrations? Then read about this unusual event that brought together a range of NGOs in Penang and left many...

Malaysia at 50: Things fall apart?

In these trying times, the best sadly lack all convictions, while the worst are full of passionate intensity, laments Johan Saravanamuttu, as he reflects...

Workers prefer dialogue but…

....what are they to do when one Prime Minister after another repeatedly denies them their just and reasonable demand for a minimum wage, wonders...

The actors in the conflict must be trained to see the other for his or her humanness. Their faith perspectives should be drawn to...

Aliran Monthly 27: 5 editor’s note

Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! In our cover story, as we celebrate and reflect on 50 years of Independence and 44 years of Malaysia, Johan Savaranamuttu...

A different kind of celebration

The Pesta Rakyat Merdeka was about the people’s struggle for greater human rights, socio-economic justice and sustainable development, observes Toh Kin Woon, who launched...

Slouching towards 50

After so many years of Independence, has it come to this? That's the question Cecil Rajendra asks, in this special poem to mark 50...

Minimum wage and Cola now!

The government has awarded hefty pay hikes to civil servants, but private sector workers have been forgotten, say Syed Shahir bin Syed Mohamud and...

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