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Aliran Monthly 31: 8 editor’s note

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In the aftermath of Bersih 2.0, recent weeks have seen one irregularity after another in the electoral process being exposed.

P Ramakrishnan looks at some of these dubious discrepancies and tactics and concludes that no real change is possible unless the Election Commission is disbanded and replaced and a new government comes to power.

We also take a look at the irregularities found in the 1990 general election rolls. History would suggest that the BN has no intention of introducing any meaningful reforms.

Meanwhile, M N D’Cruz sounds the alarm over the Lynas rare earth refinery in Pahang and says it is the duty of every Pahang resident to oppose the plant. Over in Penang, Lim Mah Hui raises a highly relevant question: what type of development do we want? Is it sustainable and balanced development or rampant and unchecked development?

Charles Hector alerts us to attempts to amend the Employment Act, which could fundamentally dilute or obscure the employer-worker relationship through the use of labour outsourcing contractors.

The Foreign Spouses Support Group has urged the government to review the policy for foreign spouses to provide for the stability ad well-being of their families, including their Malaysian children.

Was Malaya ever colonised. Most definitely, according to Tommy Thomas, and by not one but four different colonial powers. Finally, S Arutchelvan pays tribute to Tan Jing Quee, who served as a bridge linking his generation and the struggles of that era with ours.

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