The other day, I was at the ATM when I noticed a middle-aged couple in front of me in the queue. They tried a few times to withdraw funds. As I waited a few minutes, I overheard them saying...
This is a hugely significant case that has not received enough attention and on which hinges the very definition of the employer-employee relationship. A Japanese multinational firm based in Malaysia, Asahi Kosei, has slapped a lawsuit on human rights...
There is one issue you will hardly hear about in the Permatang Pauh by-election campaign - even thought it affects one in three workers in the country. Now, why would politicians who are desperate for votes ignore the concerns of...
A supermarket security guard keeping an eye at the milk aisle - Photo by Ganesh At Christmas, we recall the birth of Jesus in the midst of poverty and oppression. As we party and feast and make merry, it's worth...
Some people are making big bucks from the higher prices of food, including rice. But not the farmers. The Star (8 May) carried this tiny report on page 32 - it should have been front page headlines, Chun Wai! -...
Today I was chatting with someone who owns a few stationery shops in Penang and I was told that "business is down" because prices have gone up. Later in the evening I chatted with the cashier at a petrol...
True to form, the Umno-BN-led government is adopting a 'give-and-take' policy with respect to workers. It has included foreign workers in the minimum wage policy but then forces them to absorb the foreign workers' levies. This shows that the...
The revolt in the Arab world is not just about getting rid of authoritarian leaders and dictators. It is also about ending economic injustice and exploitation. http://www.youtube.com/v/IL-n_mpG_Ys The media would have us believe that the popular discontent is solely due to...
Back from a rejuvenating day at Penang Forum 2, where 170 concerned individuals, including representatives from 35 Penang-based NGOs, grappled with the question, 'Has anything changed after two years?' The participants passed two resolutions: they supported the Penang state government's...

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