FREE! 14,000 pages of Aliran magazine digital archives spanning three decades


Aliran’s gift to all Malaysians on the 40th anniversary of its formation in 1977.

The entire digital archives of Aliran magazines from 1980 to 2014 are now available on the Aliran website. (Incidentally, the image on the celebratory cake above comes from the front page of the very first issue of Aliran in 1980.)

The digital archives, launched at Aliran’s annual general meeting yesterday, chronicle the critical issues affecting Malaysians during this period, presenting an alternative narrative to the country’s history.

It is an invaluable resource for students, journalists, researchers and concerned Malaysians interested in gaining new insights into how our past has shaped our present and bears an imprint on our future.

Digitalising the archives entailed scanning and converting into pdf format some 14,000 pages of Aliran Quarterly/Aliran Monthly spanning over three decades.

All the articles contained in these archives were written by many, many volunteer writers and members and supporters of Aliran over the years to whom we owe a debt a gratitude.

This tradition of voluntary writing on public interest issues continues online. Look up the Aliran website at

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Thanks, Aliran. It.would be very much easier to refer to past articles. And congratulation to the people…


I am looking forward to reading Robert Kuok’s memoir. Kuok said prior to 1969 the government would open tenders and if a company worked hard, it would succeed “eight or nine times out of 10”. “But things were changing, veering more and more towards cronyism and favouritism.” Kuok said Malay leaders were quite reasonable in running the country and gave Malays an advantage at times. “Then, when they see that they have overdone it, they try to redress the problem. Their hearts are in the right place, but they just cannot see their way out of their problems. Since… Read more »


Kuok’s memo an awakening to many so used to mainstream interpretation of new economic affirmative policies from Tun Razak era.


Is Bung Mokhtar Radin shamelessly enacting his sense of entitlement by asking Robert Kuok for a free handout? Isn’t the man have any self-respect and recognise that Robert Kuok earn his money the hard way unlike UMNO cronies who are largely rent seekers?

P Bhaskaran

Delay in releasing the memoir in Malaysia possibly awaiting the Malaysian censorship?


While Kuok’s political insights and revelations enthral readers, he also touched a raw nerve.

In sharing his thoughts on Malaysia and his relations with a former premier, Kuok said: “Since May 13, the Malay leadership has had one simple philosophy: Malays need handicapping.

“I have seen a picture developing all along of a train moving in the wrong direction.

“The train of the nation had been put on the wrong track. (Third Prime Minister) Hussein Onn wasn’t strong enough to lift up the train and set it down on the right track.”

Khun Pana

It is good to have accessible history/ archive.
Very insightful and well written.

Harith M

I read because the comments by its readers are interesting.


Archives of, selected ones, the best of the best, can be published in printed books?