Vistas of detention… voices of freedom

Long years have passed, yet the fire that burns in the hearts of these ex-detainees remains aglow. Tan Pek Leng reviews an inspiring...

Public procurement: Abuses and challenges

It’s time to give the rakyat a preview of what ketuanan rakyat economic and social policies will look like, says H A Lee. The Port...

‘Prophets of doom’ provide hope

Dissenters, critics, whistle blowers and ‘prophets of doom’ are essential cornerstones for building an accountable and just democracy, observes Angeline Loh.   Public perception of NGOs...

Election verdict 2009: Whither BJP?

Ram Puniyani expresses hope that, with the decline of the BJP, those struggling for democratic space and the rights of the downtrodden will come...

Human rights and criminal justice

It’s not just the ISA that needs to be repealed. It is time to set up a law reform commission to look into and...

Lambs under the throne

Many believe judges are the natural protectors of liberty. Tommy Thomas debunks this myth, pointing to the Griffith thesis: judges will lend their support...

Take action against steep hill-slope projects

George Aeria  writes to Penang state government exco members Chow Kon Yeow and Phee Boon Poh to highlight the residents’ deep concerns about property...

Umno and Pas: Once bitten, twice not shy

Maznah Mohamad analyses the recent proposal for Umno-Pas unity talks. A Pas-Umno ‘marriage’, she says, would have been nothing more than a marriage of...

A wake-up call for Pas

The proposal for “unity talks” between Umno and Pas may have led to the latter's poorer showing in the in Manek Urai by-election, suggests...

Time to abolish the ISA for good

Not one person should be held in detention without trial as it violates basic human rights, asserts Norlaila Othman, whose husband has been detained...

Aliran Monthly 25: 5 editor’s note

In our cover story, Maznah Mohamad analyses the recent proposal for Umno-Pas unity talks. A Pas-Umno ‘marriage’, she says, would have been nothing more...

Kg Buah Pala: Can you sell something that you don’t own?

How could the Penang state government under the BN sell the Kampong Buah Pala land when “the available evidence seemed to show that the...

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