Six Malaysian activists from Himpunan Hijau are in the midst of a week-long ‘occupation’ in front of the Lynas Corp headquarters in Sydney to protest at the toxic rare earth refinery in Kuantan, Malaysia.
Residents of Tecoma, a village 40km east of Melbourne in Australia, took their campaign against a fast food giant to a ‘higher note’ with this creative performance.
What is the Commons? All the natural and cultural resources that should be accessble to everyone in society. The Commons includes the hills, the seas and beaches and rivers, forests, even park land. But now corporate predators are eyeing, gobbling up or “enclosing” the Commons under various forms of privatisation. This is not something peculiar Malaysia; it is a global phenomenon. Take a look at 1200 Australians coming together in a protest to call for the reversal of legislation that would allow 99-year leases for private development in national parks. Hands off the Commons!
I notice that a group calling themselves ‘British Victims of Investing in Malaysia’ have protested in London over funds they lost in Doxport Technologies Sdn Bhd, a firm reportedly owned by former Umno treasurer-general Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi.
More than 5000 people were massacred in Penang under “a purge through cleansing” by Japanese forces during World War II and their bodies buried in mass graves including the site of the Rifle Range flats, Bukit Dumbar, Batu Ferringhi and Coombe Hill (the site of the former Teachers’ Training College/the present Recsam premises). A National Geographic team interviews World War II survivors and local historians.