More than two decades before the reformasi movement was unleashed, a small group of Malaysians came together in 1977 to launch a multi-ethnic, multi-religous movement.
Initially, they wanted to call the group Liga Reformasi. But that name was rejected by the attorney general’s office.
Some of the group persisted and they then launched Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara (National Consciousness Movement) on 12 August 1977. At that time, few were familiar with human rights and social justice issues. In fact, there were no other human rights NGOs around, and the term human rights itself was something of a dirty word in establishment circles.
The rest as they say is history.
In the course of its history of planting the seeds of socio-political awareness, Aliran published an independent monthy magazine for 33 years and then moved fully online in 2014 on its website, which started in 1997.