Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Soter Fernandez – from hospital dresser to cardinal of a ‘field hospital’ church

Cardinal Soter Fernandez, passed away at 12.35pm today aged 88. A humble man, he led the Malaysian Church with a steady hand, always passionate about authentic human development, social justice and interfaith dialogue. I wrote the piece below four years ago,...

Rejection of emergency rule – a victory for parliamentary democracy!

Syabas, Malaysia! The rejection of the bid to declare an emergencyis a triumph for parliamentary democracy. Many people played a role in making their voices on this issue heard. Aliran has just issued a statement: Aliran welcomes the Agong’s decision to reject...

Emergency rule would take us a step closer to fascism

We seem to be heading towards dark times, folks. But don't lose heart. We must uphold parliamentary democracy in Malaysia. Say it loud and clear. Aliran has just released this statement. Have a look: Aliran is alarmed by the cabinet’s reported decision...

Parliament is the place where Muhyiddin, Anwar or anyone else must prove they have a majority

Aliran has just released this message: In light of a possible loss of confidence in Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Aliran stresses the importance of upholding parliamentary democracy instead of sidelining it. We reiterate the urgency of convening Parliament to resolve the multiple...

Haha, it’s a Taiwanese leisure farm: Recalling the 2008 ‘katak’ escapade

Flashback to my blog entry of 11 September 2008 (below), when we learned that the four dozen or so Barisan Nasional MPs who had been packed off to Taiwan on an "agricultural study tour" were actually on a tour that included...

Post-kleptocracy Malaysia may have broken multiple records

We are living in bizarre times. The news that Elliott Broidy, a former prominent Republican fundraiser, has been charged with involvement in an illicit campaign to get the Trump-administration to drop its probe into 1MDB, has prompted me to to look...