Blind loyalty? Re-reading Taj-us Salatin of Buchara al-Jauhari

The Malays “in the old days” and today are far more intelligent and independent minded than some of our politicians give them credit for....

Mindraf: Does M’sia need another sectarian political party?

Malaysia does not need another communitarian party that caters to the primary concerns of a particular ethnic or religious community, says Farish A Noor....

Burma/India: End Abuses in Chin State

India Should Offer Chin Refugees Protection(Bangkok, January 28, 2009) – Burma’s military government should end human rights abuses against the ethnic Chin population...

Protest at the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi

The Myanmar Ethnic Rohingyas Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Merhrom) strongly condemns the recent arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi by the military regime....

Indonesia: Dreaming of Gajah Mada in a modern democracy

While the governments of other Asean countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Burma/Myanmar continue down the path of measured authoritarianism, with dominant strongmen like Mahathir...

Relativism and the politics of absolutes

Sooner rather than later, all politicians who claim to be representative – rather than authoritarian – will have to accept the fact that not...

Burma’s junta: An interpretation of barbaric military rulers

Yesterday was Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday but this occasion was not celebrated by her or the people of Burma. All the people...

Looking back at the Abolish ISA rally

 A flashback at the Abolish ISA rally in Kuala Lumpur on 1 August 2009 attended by over 50,000 people. 

Inside a M’sian immigration detention centre

Aljazeera gives us a rare glimpse of conditions inside a crowded Malaysia immigration detention centre (Part 2 above and Part 1 below). 

The PKFZ scandal

 Aljazeera takes a look at one of the biggest scandals in Malaysian history, the Port Klang Free Zone scam, and the cosy link between...

MP explains why he can’t support Najib’s Budget

Sungai Siput MP Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj explains in Parliament why he is worried about the Budget's neo-liberal trend, including the ongoing shift towards regressive...

Lesson in Pas history: M’sian public doesn’t like extremists

A quick re-visit of Pas' history from the 1980s to the present will show that the Malaysian public has never had much appetite for...