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Aliran Monthly 31:10 editor’s note

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In our cover story, Subramaniam Pillay looks at the worrying trend of rising federal government debt and wonders if Malaysia will go bankrupt. At our current rate of borrowing, it won’t take long before we become another Greece.

BN leaders don’t seem to have a clue about the grim outlook of the global economy and how it will affect Malaysia. Jeyakumar Devaraj laments that policy makers also seem incapable of thinking outside the neoliberal box.

In our back-page story, Zaharom Nain notes that as long as the rigid feudal politically and racially-tainted civil structure remains, there is little hope of stemming the rot in higher education.

More bad news comes in the form of worrying sexual crime statistics. Prema Devaraj highlights the importance of providing opportunities for victims to articulate their needs and have their rights secured. This will go some way in empowering the victims.

On a brighter note, there is a contagious mood of people power in the air as ordinary folks stand up for their rights. University students have protested and demanded the reinstatement of Prof Aziz Bari. We feature a photo story by Anil Netto on the MTUC’s nationwide picket against amendments to the Employment Act. That’s not all: 115 groups from across the region have endorsed a memorandum opposing the amendments.

More inspiring images come from the Bersihkan Malaysia protest rally in Australia calling for electoral reforms. And we round off the issue with extraordinary scenes from the Occupy movement’s protests in the United States.

A new world is possible!

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