Category: Democracy

Inspiring the young to write about deepening democracy

Aliran Young Writers Workshop 1 Penang

What happens when you put a group of youths in a room over the weekend, with plenty of coffee, and ask them to come up with an article ready for publication? Not just on any topic but on issues facing the nation. How do they grab the readers’ attention from the first paragraph and ensure that their writing is coherent, concise, engaging and readable? (more…)


Almost 100 NGOs rally behind 25 moderate Muslims


Close to a hundred civil society groups have rallied around the 25 moderate Muslims who had called for a public discourse on Islamic laws within the framework of the Constitution.

Read the full letter by the 25 moderate Muslims (one of the original 25 has withdrawn).

Read Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia’s full statement supporting the 25 moderate Muslims that was endorsed by close to 100 NGOs.

Syabas, people of Malaysia!


Quick poll: Do you think the Sedition Act should be retained?

This polls ends at 5.00pm today.

Here’s is the reformist Najib speaking:

And the ultimate ‘gostan’.

What a letdown.

Blog reader Ed G writes:

The ISA was enacted in 1960 after Malayan independence. The then Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, defined the purpose of the act as to “be used solely against the communists… My Cabinet colleagues and I gave a solemn promise to Parliament and the nation that the immense powers given to the government under the ISA would never be used to stifle legitimate opposition and silence lawful dissent”. (more…)