Malaysia is at a cross-roads today. Something is stirring in the psyche
of the people.
They are starting to come out and reclaim the basic rights that they have lost over the years. They are now waking up and demanding meaningful change: more democratic space, greater accountability,
respect for human rights. Eye-witness Reports
Aliran identifies with this natural quest for justice in all aspects of public
life. Indeed, that has been the core of our struggle since 1977, making us Malaysia's oldest human rights group.
Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Malay for National Consciousness Movement)
is Malaysia's first multi-ethnic reform movement dedicated to justice,
freedom and solidarity. Listed on the Roster of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 1987, Aliran has
a consistent record of championing democratic reforms. (Why Aliran?)
Guided by universal spiritual values, our struggle focuses on building
genuine unity by upholding human dignity and promoting social justice for
Since 1977, we have been planting the seeds of public awareness of critical
political, economic and social issues. Over the years, we have lobbied hard
for wide-ranging reforms in all aspects of public life.
(Pages from the Past) Today, the stirring cries of "Reformasi!" ring out for all to hear.
To conscientise the public, we publish Aliran Monthly, Malaysia's leading independent English-language news magazine. With 40 pages of independent articles
and in-depth analyses, it is a 'must read' for all those concerned about what
is really going on in Malaysia. (Analysing Aliran, Speaking of Justice)
Aliran was launched in Penang on 12 August 1977 by seven
concerned Malaysians from different ethnic backgrounds. Today, we are a national
reform movement with members, friends and
supporters from different parts of the country. Locating the Aliran office
Position in Malaysian
Aliran is the first movement of its kind in the history of our
country. We are multi-ethnic in our philosophy, policies, programmes and membership - unlike most movements in
the past, which were confined to one community or another.
We have a holistic, comprehensive concept of change which is not
bound to any particular time frame. Most movements so far have been concerned
with specific issues for short periods of time. (Aliran's first 25 years)
Aliran's struggle for social justice is guided by a universal spiritual
world-view which makes it different from other groups whose foundation is either
strictly secular or religious in a sectarian sense.
Most of all, Aliran is not involved in electoral competition
for power and position. In this way, we hope to preserve and protect our role
as a social educator dedicated to the evolution of a new social order.
Relationship with Other
Aliran is an independent, autonomous movement. We are not linked
to any political party, trade union, community organisations or civic association. Aliran, however, believes in actively
co-operating with other groups on particular issues with specific objectives in
| At the gates
of the dreaded Kamunting Detention Camp near Taiping:
Aliran joined forces with 35 other Malaysian NGOs
to call for the immediate repeal of the harsh Internal
Security Act, which permits indefinite detention without trial
Aliran also belongs to these networks:
Aliran's main activity is publishing Aliran Monthly to raise public awareness on
important issues affecting Malaysians. Aliran also issues media releases, which analyse various issues
related to its quest for an alternative order, and responds to both local and
international human rights appeals.
|Aliran members and supporters help to despatch the Aliran Monthly magazine|
Occasionally, we organise talks for the public or send our officials as speakers or participants to forums organised by other groups. We also serve as a co-ordinating body or secretariat for appeals and campaigns on
specific social and human rights issues.
Aliran is an important source of independent information on
Malaysia for political analysts, academics and others interested in what is
really happening in the country.
The supreme authority of the movement is vested with its annual
general meeting (AGM), usually held in November. The AGM provides broad
guidelines for the Executive Committee to work on.
The Executive Committee is
elected at the AGM and consists of 15 members - President, Secretary, Treasurer
and 11 members. All officials are eligible for re-election.
The formulation of policies and the general administration of
the movement are among the many responsibilities of the Executive Committee. In
the actual implementation of activities, the executive committee is assisted by
a number of bureaus. Each bureau is in charge of a certain activity.