Aliran mengorak langkah ke alam digital, memperkukuhkan lagi kedudukan online-nya

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Aliran akan memasuki era digital baru dengan terhentinya majalah Aliran Monthly yang sekarang mencecah penerbitan tahun ke33 dan terakhirnya. (English translation below)

Aliran members attending the AGM today
Aliran members attending the AGM today

Ahli-ahli di Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan (MAT) yang ke37 hari ini membincangkan dengan panjang lebar tentang langkah digital Aliran. Bagi memperluaskan pengaruh online-nya, ahli-ahli diharap mengambil bahagian dalam penulisan bagi kandungan online-nya, menerbitkan e-newsletter dan mentadbir interaksi dalam media sosial.

Bahagian ‘The Thinking Allowed’ atau ‘TA Online’ laman web itu akan menawarkan sumbangan dari sekelompok besar penulis, termasuk golongan remaja. Para ahli sedar bahawa mereka perlu menarik minat golongan remaja dan dalam hal ini, Aliran berharap dapat mengadakan bengkel-bengkel khas untuk kumpulan sasaran ini.

MAT ini juga membincangkan satu usul untuk menubuh unit penyelidikan bagi menyediakan data yang dipercayai mengenai isu-isu sosio-ekonomi dan politik masa kini seperti GST, ketidakadilan pendapatan, hubungan negeri-federal, hubungan etnik-agama yang membimbangkan dan penyalahgunaan media pengampu bagi tujuan politik.

Ini adalah beberapa perkara utama yang dibincangkan dalam MAT hari ini.

Bekas profesor politik Dr Francis Loh kekal dalam kedudukannya sebagai presiden Aliran. Begitu juga halnya dengan Dr Mustafa K Anuar, Henry Loh and Anil Netto yang masing-masing kekal dipilih sebagai setiausaha kehormat, penolong setiausaha dan bendahari kehormat.

Ahli-ahli persatuan juga memilih berikut bagi jawatankuasa eksekutif: P Ramakrishnan, Dr Prema Devaraj, Andrew Wong, Dr Soon Chuan Yean, Dr Andrew Aeria, Ridfan Abdul Hamid, Angeline Loh, Dr Subramaniam Pillay, Dr Lye Tuck-Po, Dr Faisal S Hazis and Dr Ngu Ik Tien.

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Syerleena Abd Rashid dipilih sebagai juru odit kehormat.

Dalam ucap utamanya, Loh menyentuh ‘patah balik’ yang berlaku dalam pentadbiran Najib selepas PRU13. Jika sebelum Mei 2013, Najib mempromosikan 1Malaysia dan Model Ekonomi Baru dan juga memansuhkan undang-undang yang menindas seperti ISA, dia sekarang membenarkan golongan ekstrimis seperti Perkasa, Pekida dan Isma untuk memberi nafas baru kepada agenda Ketuanan Melayu. Dalam hal ini, Najib kelihatan berdiam diri dalam isu Allah. Juga sudah diumumkan Agenda Memperkasakan Ekonomi Bumiputera.

Akhir sekali, jika Najib sudah berusaha menampakkan dirinya sebagai seorang moderat dan liberal, pemerintahannya sekarang membawa kembali penahanan mencegah dari pintu belakang melalui pindaan terkini terhadap Akta Pencegahan Jenayah. Kesemuanya ini, kata Loh, memerlukan masyarakat sivil bersikap berwaspada.

Dr Mustafa K Anuar
Setiausaha Kehormat
24 November 2013

Aliran goes digital, broadens online presence

Aliran will be entering a new digital era with the phasing out of Aliran Monthly which is now in its 33rd and last year of publication.

Members at Aliran’s 37th AGM today deliberated extensively on Aliran’s new digital turn. To enhance its online outreach, members are expected to get involved in writing online content, producing e-newsletters and moderating social media interaction.

The Thinking Allowed or TA Online section of the website will feature contributions from a wider pool of writers, including youths. Members realise they have to reach out to younger Malaysians and in this regard, Aliran hopes to organise workshops specially geared to this target group.

The AGM also discussed a proposal to set up a research unit to provide reliable data on current pressing socio-economic and political issues like GST, income inequalities, federal-state relations, worsening ethno-religious relations and the abuse of the sycophantic media for political purposes.

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These were among the highlights of the discussion at the AGM today.

Former professor of politics Dr Francis Loh retained his position as Aliran president. Similarly Dr Mustafa K Anuar, Henry Loh and Anil Netto were re-elected as honorary secretary, assistant secretary and honorary treasurer respectively.

Members also elected the following to the executive committee: P Ramakrishnan, Dr Prema Devaraj, Andrew Wong, Dr Soon Chuan Yean, Dr Andrew Aeria, Ridfan Abdul Hamid, Angeline Loh, Dr Subramaniam Pillay, Dr Lye Tuck-Po, Dr Faisal S Hazis and Dr Ngu Ik Tien.

Syerleena Abd Rashid was elected honorary auditor.

In his keynote address, Loh highlighted the turnaround that had occurred in the Najib administration in the aftermath of GE13. Whereas prior to May 2013, Najib had promoted 1Malaysia and the New Economic Model and repealed oppressive laws like the ISA, he was now allowing extremists like Perkasa, Pekida and Isma to restore the ketuanan Melayu agenda. In this regard, Najib had remained peculiarly silent on the Allah issue. There has been an announcement to introduce the Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Agenda too.

Finally, whereas Najib had tried to tout himself as a moderate and liberal, his governant is now bringing back preventive detention through the back door via the recent amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act. All this, Loh said, required vigilance on the part of civil society.

Dr Mustafa K Anuar
Honorary Secretary
24 November 2013

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It is long overdue, however it is better late than never.The present regime’s deceit and all their wrong doings should not only be exposed attacked from more than one front. Enough is enough !