This special issue features our recent 32nd anniversary fund (and fun!)-raising dinner in Penang attended by close to 700 people. Enjoy the photos by Amiruddin Ahmad in the centre pages, featuring highlights of this celebration of the struggle for justice including the performances by Pete Teo and the Aliran Singers.
Our cover story features P Ramakrishnan’s address at the dinner, urging Malaysians to take a stand on the side of truth and justice at all times so that we can have the future we want. There is no room for neutrality.
Taking up the theme, Francis Loh say that it is critical this struggle continues to expand the public sphere so that there can be debate on alternative ideas and insights.
The seeds of this struggle go a long way back. In our back-cover story, Hishamuddin Yahaya pays tribute to the unsung heroes of the Merdeka struggle. The struggle continues and with tongue in cheek, Angeline Loh thanks the BN government for making Malaysians aware of human rights through its rights violations. In a second piece, she warns that sending back refugees to life-threatening situations in their home countries is yet another violation.
Zaid Ibrahim explains that the struggle for political reforms can be furthered by a two-coalition system, which would give voters a strong alternative choice. It’s also a struggle for economic justice. Jeyakumar Devaraj warns that the liberalisation of services will make life more difficult for Malaysians especially the marginalised.
And as Malaysians struggle for equality as well, it is timely to look at the challenge facing another Asian country, Korea, which is in the process of establishing an anti-discrimination law. John Smith Thang has the story.
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