Malaysia’s political economy and the international economic crisis

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Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah looks back on the evolution of the Malaysian economy. Malaysians, he says, need to examine our political economy to find out...

Penang Forum 4 resolutions

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These were the resolutions adopted by participants of Penang Forum 4: Development and Good Governance. Recognising that the current Penang state government, the MPPP...

A showcase for democratic space, post GE 2008

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Soon Chuan Yean showcases Penang Forum 4, a continuing initiative to broaden public participation in local democracy, good governance and decision-making in development. Since...

What are the prospects for greater press freedom?

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The press too needs more freedom to operate. But for this to happen, more support is needed not just from press freedom activists but...

Automatic voter registration; compulsory voting; no party hopping

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P Ramakrishnan made the following recommendations before the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reform. No party-hopping We do not have an anti-party hopping law. Such...

Elections and democracy in Malaysia

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Democracy cannot be restricted to participation in elections once every four to five years or to a group of ‘professional politicians’ acquiring power. Rather,...

Fixed dates for elections

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Too much time and money is wasted in trying to create a favourable situation to call for an election, complains P Ramakrishnan. Elections should...

Aliran Monthly 32: 2 editor’s note

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Democracy cannot be restricted to participation in elections every four or five years to a group of ‘professional politicians’ acquiring power. Rather, it should...

Waging a jihad for ‘Malay interests’?

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Taking on Perak mufti Harussani Zakaria, Mustafa K Anuar points out that it is certain actions by Muslim politicians and bureaucrats - their involvement...

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