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Prema Devaraj elected Aliran’s first woman president; AGM demands release of Maria, Zunar

New Aliran president Dr Prema Devaraj

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Aliran members attending the group’s 40th annual general meeting today unanimously passed an emergency resolution calling for political cartoonist Zunar’s unconditional release after he was arrested last night, a day after a mob disrupted his art exhibition in Penang.

In another unanimous resolution, Aliran members demanded Maria Chin Abdullah’s immediate release from detention without trial. They also called for the abolition of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act and other repressive laws that allow detention without trial.

The resolution also proposed that Malaysians throughout the country hold daily prayer sessions for Maria’s release – either individually or in groups according to their own religious tradition. They suggested that this be done at dusk with or without a candle until the day she is released.

These resolutions were passed against the backdrop of the recent successful Bersih 5 rally.

In elections for Aliran, Dr Prema Devaraj was elected the movement’s first woman president. Outgoing president Dr Francis Loh, who declined nomination as president, had already served five terms as president and before that 20 years as Aliran honorary secretary.

Dr Mustafa K Anuar, Henry Loh and Anil Netto were re-elected as honorary secretary, assistant secretary and honorary treasurer respectively.

Members also elected the following to the executive committee: Dr Francis Loh, Andrew Wong, Mohd Izzuddin Ramli, Dr Ngu Ik Tien, Prof Zaharom Nain, Ng Tien Eng, Dr Christopher Chong Eu Choong, Dr Lye Tuck-Po, Dr Azmil Tayeb, K Haridas and Vince Tan Hoo Seh.

David Yeoh was elected the honorary auditor.

Members thanked outgoing president Francis Loh and P Ramakrishnan, who served three and a half decades in the committee, for their long service to the organisation.

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In his address, Francis noted that Aliran has continued to be true to its call to struggle for Justice, Freedom and Solidarity.

The group’s recent fundraising dinner in Kuala Lumpur has helped it to remain financially solvent and enabled it to forge closer links with other groups in the Klang Valley. Similarly, Aliran’s engagement in Bersih 5 allowed it to foster closer ties with a variety of like-minded civil society groups in Penang. It has also helped to take the group further down the advocacy-activist route.

Through Aliran’s online outreach including its website aliran.com, the group has been reaching out more to society at large, especially those with IT access. Along with activism, Aliran will continue to play the role as a critical analyst and alternative discursive source for understanding current developments.

Dr Mustafa K Anuar
Honorary Secretary
27 November 2016

The views expressed in Aliran's media statements and the NGO statements we have endorsed reflect Aliran's official stand. Views and opinions expressed in other pieces published here do not necessarily reflect Aliran's official position.

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  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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28 Nov 2016 7.53pm

A woman who wears several hats….. we salute you !!

Mabel John
28 Nov 2016 9.31am

Congratulations !!! ?

Martha Arulanatham
28 Nov 2016 9.27am

Congratulations dear.?

K. Haridas
K. Haridas
28 Nov 2016 8.21am

Congratulations. Looking forward to working with you and supporting
Aliran’s endeavours. Best wishes.
K. Haridas

28 Nov 2016 6.19am

Congratulations Dr. Prema Devaraj…..from Ipoh.

Bernard Paul
28 Nov 2016 12.39am

Congrats. God bless.

Jermina De'Cruz
28 Nov 2016 12.34am

Thumbs up Dr Prema. God Bless

A Sandosham
A Sandosham
27 Nov 2016 11.01pm

That’s great Prema!

Mujesh Jay
27 Nov 2016 6.18pm


Bele Joseph
27 Nov 2016 9.32pm

Congratulations Dr. Prema

Saras Pillay
27 Nov 2016 8.50pm

congrats friend

David Sivapatham
27 Nov 2016 8.36pm


Gregory R Warrier
27 Nov 2016 7.47pm


Sheila Devaraj
27 Nov 2016 6.35pm


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