In our cover story, Martin Jalleh looks back at the last 12 months and highlights the Mahathir-Abdullah spat, the Umno keris affair, Proton and its can of worms among others. But alas, 2006 was also a year when Pak Lah and his “half-past six government” functioned only at half throttle, with half-measures and half-hearted efforts.
We also carry articles in Q and A format: one by the Article 11 Coalition to dispel some of the myths that have arisen following last year’s aborted road-show and the other by the IPCMC Coalition on why we urgently need an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission.
Inter-religious relations meanwhile have taken a turn for the worse, and a resourceful Zaharom Nain decides to take the matter up with the highest levels – in a manner of speaking. But no, not another open letter to the Prime Minister – but one addressed to God himself…
Speaking of the Almighty, K George reminds the Johor Chief Minister Abdul Ghani Othman that we are all children of the one God after Ghani declared that the Malays are a superior race.
Mustafa Kamal Anuar reports on the recent National Roundtable on Internet Media held in Penang. The event provided a unique opportunity for bloggers, webmasters and civil society activists to share their experiences of the Internet as a medium for publishing news that rarely gets reported in the mainstream media.
Finally, also in Penang, Angeline Loh describes a long overdue meeting with the chief of the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board – a meeting which provided little hope and came 15 years too late for Penang’s bus system (or rather, bus chaos).
Wishing all our readers a happy Lunar New Year!
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