The Edge suspension, Pakatan Rakyat and striving to bring Justice

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The Solidarity with The Solidarity with The Edge gathering at the Esplanade in Penang on 27 July 2015

We should do our part as citizens to demand accountability and action to ensure that we emerge stronger and better as a nation, says Christopher Chong.

The past few weeks marked a low point in the history of the nation. From the suspension of the Edge’s publications to the near racial riot at Low Yat Plaza, such episodes demonstrated the cracks in the nation’s political and social terrains. Many fellow Malaysians are in despair over the bad news that seems to be piling up on us day after day.

But we should never give in to this despair. Rather, we should do our part as citizens to demand accountability and action to ensure that we emerge stronger and better as a nation.

Aliran has issued a media statement condemning the Home Ministry’s three months suspension of The Edge Weekly and the Edge Financial Daily for their reporting of the 1MDB scandal.

This suspension goes against the principle of the freedom of the press and casts aspersions on the reliability of the reporting of the serious allegations surrounding 1MDB. The media statement can be found here.

Bersih 2.0 has also issued a media statement over the same affair and it can be found here.

Turning to the political front, the collapse of Pakatan Rakyat while anticipated caught many by surprise given how quickly the opposition pact fell apart. The question now is what comes after Pakatan Rakyat?

Johan Saravanamuttu looks at the cause of the collapse while giving some observations about the pitfalls a new opposition pact must avoid if it is to survive longer than Pakatan Rakyat. The article can be found here.

Finally, Wan Atikah Wan Yusoff points out that Malaysians must strive to bring about justice and unity to the nation for the sake of our children. She observes that while parents encourage their children to watch movies with positive values, these must be put into practice in the light of what happened at Low Yat Plaza to ensure that future generation do not have to go through such incidents. Her article can be found here.

In solidarity

Chris Chong
Co-editor, Aliran newsletter
5 August 2015

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