All good things must come to an end, except in this case the ending of the print magazine opens up a new digital era for Aliran.
Long before the internet, Aliran Monthly, published in Penang by the social reform group Aliran, was shining a torch in the darkness that has at times descended on our land. For 33-years, the print magazine has borne witness and analysed the ups and downs of the nations, in the process helping to shape the social conscience and civil society and human rights discourse in the country.
This is the farewell editor’s note:
It has been 37 years since the formation of Aliran and 33 years since Aliran Monthly (initially Aliran Quarterly).
During this time, we have challenged the dominant discourses of political, socio-cultural and economic orthodoxies and attempted to be a source of alternative analyses. We have encouraged critical thinking and provided space for ‘thinking allowed’.
Alas, this issue is our final edition. It was only after much soul-searching but also tallying of costs that we came to this painful decision. In this issue, we document the history of the AM and the societal pressures and political constraints within which we had to operate.
We take this opportunity to thank all our contributors who faithfully wrote for us without payment. Thanks to them, we managed to produce a monthly magazine of quality and relevance for over three decades. The secret is that we were driven to do so because you, our faithful readers, have told us that you always found the Monthly informative and educational, and you looked forward to every issue. Thank you!
Every beginning has an ending; however, in this case, our ending opens up a new era. The last part of our final edition looks forward to the digital Aliran. If you are not yet familiar with our website aliran.com, our facebook, our tweets and our e-newsletters, do look us up and follow us faithfully.
On this auspicious occasion, we invite all readers to join us in the struggle for justice, freedom and solidarity for a better Malaysia.