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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.

Here’s why public institutions are perceived to be components of BN

Putrajaya seems to be able to influence the decision-making process of public institutions to serve the whims and fancies of the government of the...

Bring back the vote: The case for mayoral elections

Sharon W H Ling looks back at a mayoral election in San Francisco and wonders when Malaysia will have elected mayors. Up against the...

Getting educated: Blessing or curse?

Education appears to have become a privileged pursuit for the selected ones and for those who can afford it, writes Chiok Phaik Fern. “Sorry...

‘YB, serve the people’: What do Malaysians want, and why?

Sharon Ling, a former MP’s assistant, reflects on the complications and causes of having to ‘serve the people'. “Wayang!” screamed Malaysian internet-users at a...

Surabaya’s ‘Mayor with the Cangkul’

Love her or loathe her, Tri Rismaharini has brought changes to the city through her tough stance and hands-on approach, writes S Chandra. Boots...

Bipartisanship: The key to a 21st Century Malaysia

It is heartening to see a few politicians from both Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional ready to embrace the concept of bipartisanship on issues...

O, Ringgit, how little you matter

Is the government spending your tax money efficiently, effectively and responsibly, wonders Yasmin Bathamanathan. It was while I was stuck at a celebration to...

‘Miss, is it okay for us to talk politics?’

If we allow ourselves to be suffocated by national leaders who use the law to stifle us, then our lives would be worth little,...
Parliament

Should YBs be ‘whipped’ to toe the party line?

Elected representatives should be allowed to vote accordance to their conscience if the issue is not against their party principles and ideology, writes Vince...

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