BN’s give-and-take policy

Seems to me the BN has mastered the art of "give and take" in administering the nation. Give: Letter officially approving the new publication permit...

The grave sins of Chua Soi Lek

A friend of mine in the UK just sent me this message: I particularly take the point about the growing effectiveness of blogging and...

2,000 gather in Penang to call for release of Hindraf Five

Some 2,000 Indian Malaysians gathered at the Waterfall Temple in Penang on New Year's Day to pray and call for the release of the...

Good news: Herald receives approval letter for new publishing permit!

Some good news at long last. Just got a call from The Herald editor, Fr Lawrence Andrew. The Herald has received the approval letter for...

Herald permit: Divide-and-rule rears its ugly head?

Publication permit in doubt: The Herald has provided prominent coverage of recent demonstrations and other human rights issues even as the mainstream media abdicate...

Samy Vellu booed on “live” TV; are his political days numbered?

MIC president Samy Vellu was booed and publicly humiliated when he turned up to officiate at the Aattam 100 Vagai 3 (100 types of...

Why are Malaysians so restless these days?

What is fuelling the protests and rallies and candlelight vigils and prayer gatherings? If we look at the Hindraf protest, it would be easy to...

Activists hold candle-light vigil in Penang on a dark day for...

Some two dozen activists and other concerned Malaysians held a candlelight vigil in central George Town, Penang to uphold the right to freedom...

Wielding the big stick and sweeping issues under the Putrajaya rug

More arrests today. This time largely targeting the Bersih group and the Hindraf leaders. I have lost track of the number of people arrested, released,...

Climate change: Too little, too late?

This snippet from a World Development Movement blog entry from the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change in Bali got me worried - as...

On the eve of World Human Rights Day, a string of...

Five lawyers and three activists were arrested this morning when they attempted to march in Kuala Lumpur ahead of World Human Rights Day tomorrow. That...

Farmers lose autonomy as MNCs take control of agriculture

Farmers are under increasing pressure from multinational corporations, which in many parts of the world are planning to take control over the entire food...

“The Light” and PGCC cast a shadow over Penang

What they showed you: Night view (towards George Town) of the PGCC's "iconic towers" (Image from the official PGCC launch booklet) What they didn't show...

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Umno state assembly member criticises PGCC project

This is an actual picture of the Turf Club land and the surrounding low-rise properties. (Photo credit: PGCC Campaign Group) This is what it would...

Look who’s breathing down Patrick’s neck…

Priceless moment: A bemused Patrick Lim, the developer of the Penang Global City Centre, turns to look at heritage conservationist Loh-Lim Lin Lee as...

Can Media Prima take on Malaysia Today and Malaysiakini?

This is a piece I wrote for Asia Times about Media Prima's intention to plunge into the Internet in a big way, ostensibly to...

When human rights activists let their hair down…

The Aliran Singers re-united and in full flow! Aliran turns 30: A heart-warming celebration of justice It was all so different from the official Merdeka celebrations,...

Penang Global City Centre: Spot the difference!

This is the PGCC (based on Equine's model of the 38 towers) (Patrick Lim is on the right) And this isn't? (The PGCC campaign group's...

Bersih and Hindraf gatherings: An awakening of the marginalised

Two huge protest gatherings - or attempted gatherings - in the space of 15 days in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Amazing! But...