Critical analysis of Penang LRT decision: Debunking proponents’ view

By Rosli Khan and Anil Netto

So the piece “Penang LRT decision, the result of comprehensive evaluation“, published by a news portal on 11 June turns out to be only the personal view of the author.

Three hours later, the same new portal reported: “Putrajaya, not state, will decide on Penang LRT, says Loke“.

ART: A better fit for Penang

By Rosli Khan and Anil Netto

The population of Penang Island, standing at around 800,000, is simply too small to justify an elevated light rail transit (LRT) system, which is typically meant for cities with over three million people.

Is the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail project a good idea?

Not from the perspective of Malaysia, says investment analyst Tan Teng Boo.

Check out the video below.

PH wins Kuala Kubu Bharu by-election

Media reports are saying it is a close call. Unofficial results here

But what does the by-election even mean to the ordinary voters?

There is an awakening…

The sweeping protests in universities in the West shows that young people are waking up to the realities of the Empire. These protests are reminiscent of the student protests in the 1960s against the US war on Vietnam.

Why the obsession with Penang LRT?

Former Penang state transport engineer Lim Thean Heng has written a piece asking why the Penang state government seems so obsessed with having an elevated LRT system.

Times have changed…

Who says we haven’t made progress? Times have changed. Even Astro Awani has provided ‘live coverage ‘of the Bersih rally on its YouTube channel. And the police guided the rally participants.

Reformati? ‘SteadyAku47’ Hussein Hamid’s last words should stir us to action

Days after the Pardons Board decision on Najib was announced, a neighbour sent me a message that reeked of frustration:

“Top Members of Suaram, Bersih, LFL, Aliran etc, should form a 3rd Force party for next GE. Still have 4 years & there must be at least 200+ genuinely good people in the country.”

Najib’s sentence cut: Social media, messaging app reactions reflect widespread concern

The news about the reduction in Najib Razak’s sentence has ingnited reactions in social media and messaging apps. Aliran released the following statement this morning:

Aliran is appalled and deeply disappointed by the Pardon’s Board’s decision to recommend a halving of corruption convict Najib Razak’s prison term from 12 years to six years and a reduction of his fine from RM210m to RM50m.

Memories of dear friends – Br Anthony Rogers

Sharing with you a reflection by Br Anthony Rogers:

I have recently been facing moments of mixed emotions to see many of my very, very dear friends “go away,” but they have all strangely come closer to me.

How are you coping with the Penang water disruption?

Is this water disruption in Penang (for up to four days from 10 January) for justified? Check out this article by Chuah Chong Lai in Aliran: Why cut water for up to four days in Penang?

Don’t allow democracy to be hijacked: The challenge before us

The outcome of the 2022 general election held the promise of a new era for Malaysia.

A quarter of a century of Reformasi struggle culminated in the Anwar Ibrahim-led Pakatan Harapan winning power in alliance with, surprise, surprise, the Umno-led Barisan Nasional and coalitions in Sarawak and Sabah.

Bethlehem pastor criticises hypocrisy and complicity in Gaza crisis

It is hard to celebrate Christmas with the usual festive cheer this year when this is happening. Has the universal church done enough to call out the genocide that is taking place in Gaza? End the genocide in Gaza!

Two heart-rending movies to watch

A stirring movie can be a powerful instrument to raise awareness of social issues that we are not usually attuned to. Here are two commendable Malaysian efforts – Abang Adik, a low-budget film focusing on the plight of the stateless, and Pendatang, a crowdfunded film touching on ethnic relations. Try and watch both if you can over Christmas and the New Year.

Aliran annual meeting calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza and end to use of ‘pendatang’ label

Members attending Aliran’s 47th hybrid annual general meeting [on 25 November] unanimously passed a resolution urging for an immediate and lasting ceasefire in Gaza and the West Bank to allow humanitarian aid to enter.

They also called for the release of all hostages and prisoners illegally or unjustly held captive on both sides and for the immediate withdrawal of Israel from the occupied territories of the West Bank and Jerusalem.

One year of PM Anwar – Unrealistic expectations or underperformance?


My take on Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s first year in office. What do you think of his performance over the last year?

Anwar’s first anniversary as PM: Fix the economy and hasten reforms

One year after Anwar Ibrahim took over as Prime Minister, expectations have fallen.

Perhaps we have to be thankful his “unity government” has not collapsed to send the country into political turmoil again.

Hybrid talk: Participatory democracy and citizen empowerment



  • Mary Magdaline Pereira, assistant honorary secretary, Aliran
  • Dr Evelyn Khor, member, Aliran; Taman Tun Dr Ismail community garden

Moderator: K Haridas, executive committee member, Aliran

Time: 11am, Saturday, 28 October

Poor public transport connectivity between Butterworth and George Town

In this video, YouTube user Poon points to the poor state of public transport connectivity between Butterworth and George Town. This is so true. (Thanks to the heads-up from blog reader Luca.)

60 years of Malaysia! What is your dream for the nation?


Today, we celebrate the diamond jubilee of the formation of Malaysia.

Former ambassador M Santhananaban tells us in an article on the Aliran website that we have much to learn from Sarawak and Sabah. Putrajaya must strengthen its bond of solidarity with these two territories, especially the lives of marginalised or vulnerable communities.