In our cover story, we look at what is
going on in Malaysian society in the aftermath of recent demonstrations
organised by lawyers, the Bersih coalition and Hindraf. Khoo Boo Teik
observes that the goodwill that was shown to Abdullah Badawi in
2003-2004 has largely evaporated and wonders if there is a whiff of
reformasi in the air now. Jeyakumar Devaraj, however, cautions
that the Hindraf approach is misguided and the struggle for social
justice must be reoriented to make it more multi-racial.
Looking at the heavy-handed police response, Angeline Loh wonders if we are heading down the Burma road. As the level of protests rises to a crescendo, she writes, in a second article, that the fate of the country lies in the hands of ordinary people and their courage to change the course of history.
P Ramakrishnan say that ordinary people should vote responsibly so that the BN is not given another huge mandate to perpetuate its arrogance and lack of accountability. If the government wants to recover its lost credibility, it must be prepared to listen to the people, writes Tunku Yusuf Jewa. In an open letter to the premier, Beth Yahp urges him to unmuzzle the media and practise real democracy.
The “Seven Deadly Sins” enunciated by Gandhi are still relevant – as Mahadev Shankar points to the growing concentration of power in the hands of national governments. K Haridas meanwhile argues that we have to deepen our faith so that we view humanity as one and develop a deeper sense of compassion.
Julian Lee reports on a forum to mark the 20th anniversary of Operasi Lalang while A Detainee recounts his nightmare at being detained and treated as an Islamic deviant – even before a court hearing.
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