Aliran launches Regime Change book in Klang Valley on 22 September


Developments over the past 100 days of Pakatan Harapan rule have given us some hope that we are on the march towards not just a more developed Malaysia, but one that upholds freedom, justice and solidarity.

In this regard, Aliran has just published a comprehensive and important book entitled Regime Change in Malaysia: 60 Years of UMNO-BN Rule End, edited by Francis Loh and Anil Netto (Petaling Jaya: SIRD and Aliran, 2018).

With some 40 chapters from 30-odd writers, the book looks at some of the general election issues, actors and the campaign itself. It also analyses the results and some of the challenges in store for the future.

The book, which is already ‘trending’ in bookshops, will be officially launched in the Klang Valley:

Saturday, 22 September
2.30pm to 5pm
Venue: Gerakbudaya, 2 Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya at 2.30
Special price at the launch: RM30 (Usual price RM45)

[The book is also available at the Aliran office in Penang 04-658 5251, the Gerakbudaya store in Petaling Jaya and other leading bookshops. You may also order the book online from Gerakbudaya.]

All are cordially invited. You will be able to meet the editors and some of the contributors at this event.

We also have have a line-up of ‘young’ scholar-activists who will share with us their views on the general election result and the implications of regime change for the future.

  • Dr Faisal S Hazis, Ikmas, UKM
  • dr tan beng hui, independent researcher
  • Dr Ngu Ik Tien, UM
  • Dr Chris Chong Eu Choong, UTAR
  • Haris Zuan, Ikmas, UKM
  • Dr Por Heong Hong, UM

They will also be joined by two veteran academics:

  • Dr Johan Saravanamuttu, former dean of social science, USM
  • Prof Zaharom Nain, University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus

and other contributors.

About 20 contributors were present for the soft launch in Penang held in conjunction with Aliran’s 41st anniversary on 8 September (photo below).

Book contributors at the soft launch of Regime Change at the Aliran dinner on 8 September.

Here is the Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION: Regime change and all that Francis Loh


1 Vote for Institutional reform; save the country Aliran Exco
2 Bersih 2.0 and GE14 Toh Kin Woon
3 GST: Critical issues that led to BN’s downfall Anil Netto
4 The black hole of 1MDB: Early signs of trouble Anil Netto
5 BRI and increased Chinese investments in Malaysia Francis Loh
6 Humongous PM’s Department Francis Loh
7 The FELDA factor in GE14 Johan Saravanamuttu
8 Democracy, autocracy, kleptocracy K Haridas
9 SPR, ROS and the judiciary: three institutions that lost their way P Ramakrishnan


10 The Citizens’ Declaration: a ‘game changer’? Francis Loh
11 Dr Mahathir dissects kleptocracy Khoo Boo Teik
12 Once Mahathir, always Mahathir Khoo Boo Teik
13 The last stand of Mahathir Mohamad Khoo Boo Teik
14 The ever-present Anwar Ibrahim Khoo Boo Teik
15 From Kaum Ibu to Kaum Reformasi Zeenath Kausar
16 Wan Azizah – the other doctor in the house Khoo Boo Teik
17 The youth will set us free Francis Loh
18 Rafizi, Fahmi and ZUNAR: three who gave us hope for change Benedict Lopez
19 Karpal and Kit Siang – two colossi GK Ganesan Kasinathan
20 PSM stakes a political space at GE14 Mustafa K Anuar
21 Whither BN? The future lies in inclusive politics K Haridas
22 UMNO and MCA’s credibility deficit erodes public support VP Mohan


23 Will Pakatan Harapan win the general election? Subramaniam Pillay
24 Why Dr Mahathir? Francis Loh
25 Critical issues not debated in GE14 campaign Mary Chin
26 Seven obstacles opposition had to overcome to capture Putrajaya Anil Netto
27 The dawning of a new Malaysia: the role of civil society Chris Chong
28 (Re)building a new ethos in a post-GE14 plural Malaysia Soon Chuan Yean
29 The green wave of PAS on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia Azmil Tayeb
30 The mood for change among Chinese voters Por Heong Hong
31 Malaysia’s problematic media: before and beyond GE14 Zaharom Nain
32 Rakyat’s victory vindicates decades-long struggle Henry Loh


33 GE14: the political earthquake that ended BN’s 60-year rule Faisal Hazis
34 Power to the people Aliran Exco
35 Still a long way to go: GE14, women and political representation tan beng hui, Maznah Mohamad, Cecilia Ng
36 Dynamics of Chinese votes in Sarawak in GE14 Ngu Ik Tien
37 A closer look at the Malay tsunami Jeyakumar Devaraj


38 New Malaysia banishes ghost of May 13 JD Lovrenciear
39 After the plunder: BN’s shattered credibility Dominic Damian
40 Decentralise federalism in Malaysia Francis Loh
41 Is an Islamic state on the cards after GE14? Ahmad Fauzi
42 Is Malaysia ready to lower its voting age? Haris Zuan
43 Race, identity and belonging in Malaysia Cheah Wui Jia
44 Creating the change Prema Devaraj

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Aliran is ‘out of phase’ by 100 days, reporting on outdated news by internet standard, and attracts low interest except from history scholar like Prof KKK (local one, not that one associated with BlackKklasman).

Today most readers are tuned to the life story of Fatso Jho’s celebrity exploits in Billion Dollar Whale, or Ram vs Shafee courtroom drama of MO1 trial.

Liu Yong Fook

Alirab still using old school approach, not capitalizing on new and trending issues but reviewing outdated and long gone events. Difficult to capture the interest of young readers. Furthermore the English used is rather complicated for average Malaysians like me.

Aaron Kong

Young generation now read trending news on internet and social media. Aliran needs to keep up to stay relevant. Content is good but the old method of delivery is no longer appealing. Just my view, not mean to criticise the great effort by Aliran.


Young generation will not read, they simply look at Zunar’s cartoon to get the necessary information.


… Najib want to become Robbin Hood and steal the Rakyat money to pay to Umno Malay(?) This don’t work anymore (although accept by umno) but by Islamic principles we want clean money not stolen money we want honesty not liar we want fairness not berat sebelah.


Need to have ISO mentality of traceability of the source of money. If a doggy-stained trolley is a taboo, what about illegally gained haram money even use to sponsor your holy land trip?


Wahai Najib, You left a big hole in 1MDB and the country on the verge of bankruptcy. To date, you have never explained where did all the money borrowed by 1MDB disappeared. Now we have the 3 books on 1MDB to explain where and how the money disappeared. Aren’t you ashamed? Many Malaysians were worried if Malaysia will end up like Greece or Argentina. Luckily, everyone was concerned enough to vote you and your gang out of office. Now we have a chance to rebuild the country and remove the kleptocratic stain caused solely by you. PS: PH must be… Read more »


Got pdf copy for download?


Don’t be a cheapskate, go buy an original copy.
Cetak Rompak can affect livelihood of authors like Anil Netto.