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2015 Young Writers

These are articles by those who participated in Aliran's Young Writers Workshops, supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, in 2015.

My five-hour conversation with Kassim Ahmad

This conversation with Pak Kassim has strengthened Barathi Selvam's belief that the world offers us a breadth of knowledge as wide as an ocean. A...

Depression: Dialogues within myself

Judith shares with us the burden of unfulfilled expectations placed on her in her childhood and how it spiralled into full-blown depression. I noticed a...

Poverty in an epoch of plenty

It is the duty of the government and relevant agencies to accommodate and see to the wellbeing of the homeless and the poor, says...

Saya bangsa Malaysia

Discussing what went wrong might take countless days, what is more important today is to nurture humanity and a sense of belonging to one...

Tertiary education in Malaysia: A blessing or a curse?

It would be utterly unfair for bright students to be deprived of access to education because of their financial status and lousy policies introduced...

Absolute power corrupts absolutely

The ruling class can uphold their power and supremacy by dominating the people who question or criticise them and by inducing a subconscious obedience,...

What kind of Malaysia awaits the next generation?

Let's work together to bring justice and beauty of unity to reality, not just behind the four-edged glass screen and for the sake of...

Media curbs preventing Malaysians from knowing the truth

Restrictions on media freedom are preventing the people from finding out what the government is up to, say Yugashini Sukumaran and Kanmani Rengasamy. The...

Stateless Rohingyas of Myanmar: Who’s to blame?

Yugashini Sukumaran and Kanmani Rengasamy are in no doubt as to who is ultimately responsible for the oppression and suffering of the Rohingyas. First,...
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It is not just Mahathir who’s been blocked from speaking

Elected opposition MPs, state assembly members and student activists too have been stopped from speaking, points out Farha Yusof. A speech getting stopped by...

Mahathir’s Mission Impossible: Can he pull it off?

The ongoing spat and rift which may lead to a new Umno president - and new prime minister - from Barisan Nasional being appointed...

Can Malaysia Airlines return to its golden days?

What needs to be eliminated from Malaysia Airlines are the leakages and long-term contracts that victimise Malaysia Airlines itself, asserts Farha Yusof. Christoph Mueller’s...

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