Farmers are under increasing pressure from multinational corporations, which in many parts of the world are planning to take control over the entire food production and distribution chain. This leaves farmers at the mercy of these MNCs for seeds,...
The Aliran Singers re-united and in full flow! Aliran turns 30: A heart-warming celebration of justiceIt was all so different from the official Merdeka celebrations, monopolised and dominated by members of the ruling coalition, recalls Anil Netto, of a...
While Malaysians tend to look down on neighbouring countries because their workers are forced to work abroad and remit money home, few of us realise that, as a percentage of GDP, migrant workers from Malaysia remit more home than...
Today, I dropped by to check out the Migrants Sunday celebrations organised by the Migrant Workers Support Centre on mainland Penang.As I looked around at the gathering of workers from Burma, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, I couldn't help...
On 30 July, the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) master-plan was launched with much fanfare. Among other goals, the blueprint aims to transform agriculture in the rice-bowl region of Malaysia.The masterplan was designed by Sime Darby although the project...
Here's more evidence to show that a minimum wage can actually keep the economy purring.This time, we go to the United States.San Francisco-based journalist, Dick Meister, a specialist on labour issues, is actually calling on the US administration to...
Just heard from Abdul Razak Abdul Hamid, the chairman of MTUC Penang, that some 1,800 workers turned up for the MTUC picket near the Prai Industrial Estate, adding their voices to the call for a RM900 minimum wage and...
The MTUC resumes its nation-wide picketing calling for a minimum wage at 5 pm today.I dropped by to check out the demo in Prai during the last picket on 25 June 2007. The turnout - a vocal crowd...
As we all know, the two main prongs of the New Economic Policy are to wipe out poverty across the board and to restructure society so that no one ethnic group is stereotyped with a particular occupation - which...
Malaysians are so riveted by the Altantuya murder case that they didn't notice that another foreign national has died in Malaysia in mysterious circumstances. Well, I wouldn't blame them as the news went unreported in the local media.Vipin V...

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