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Aliran Monthly 32: 6 editor’s note

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Man-eating crocs in Sarawak! They have occasionally paralysed villagers with fear. But lurking in the shadows, less visible political and corporate crocodiles have inflicted even more misery, feasting unconscionably as they have on the lives of the poor.

In our cover story, Abang Benet reports on poverty and inequality in a state often viewed in the past as a ‘fixed deposit’ for the BN during elections.

Our centre pages feature Aliran representative Maria Chin Abdullah and other activists highlighting rights violations in Malaysia and elsewhere in the region at the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

Recent actions by race-based groups suggest that there are a quite a few people around who are unable or have lost the ability to reason. But Henry Loh refuses to be alarmed. Instead, he is hopeful that the majority of Malaysians are peace loving and discerning and they will nurture and continue to treasure their ‘voices of reason’.

Charles Hector presents the second of a two-part analysis of the state of workers and trade union rights in Malaysia. Under a pro-business BN government, trade unions have been weakened and workers’ bargaining rights have eroded.

Finally, we reproduce Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech – which she presented 21 years after she was awarded the honour in 1991. This is accompanied by a tribute by Stephen Tan Ban Cheng, who explains why this woman of courage richly deserves the accolade.

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