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...

Asean embraces a rogue regime while inking a Charter for Big...

So the Asean leaders have signed a Charter in the wonderfully democratic nation of Singapore in the company of leaders from Burma's rogue regime....

No need for institutional reform? You gotta be kidding!

Here is the Al Jazeera panel discussion (in two parts) on the 10 Nov rally to demand electoral reforms. The panelists were Umno Youth...

Beware those who want to hijack Malaysia’s People Power movement

In a parting shot, Thierry Rommel, the European ambassador who left his post on Tuesday, castigated the Malaysian government for its deplorable human rights...

“Iconic towers” or eyesores?

If our experience with "iconic towers" in Penang is any indication, then look out for what could happen with other towers in the...

“No matter the regime’s physical power, in the end they can’t...

Those words uttered by Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi could well apply to Malaysia. Was it a stalemate on 10 Nov? After all, the demonstrators...

50,000 Malaysians defy ban to demand electoral reforms

Sea of yellow: They came in their thousands to get their point across - Photo credit: Seng Keat Tan So the chief of police puts...

Penang Global City Centre: Activists step up campaign

Activists have stepped up the campaign as the stakes rise. The developer has taken its PR blitz to the shopping malls, but activists have...

And so the PGCC PR battle begins…

The PGCC developer has taken its road-show to Queensbay Mall Looks like the PR battle has begun. The Penang Global City Centre developer is on...

Milan and Penang: Trams vs Monorail/PORR/PGCC

Greetings from Milan! I am here presenting a paper at a conference. Walking around the city, I must say I have been impressed with Milan's...

“It is people like Hishamudin who should be heading the judiciary”

Justice Hishamudin has created waves with his decision to punish the government for its detention and torture of activist Abdul Malek Hussin. In the...