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(Readings) Which way for Umno? May 2, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Readings.
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After the Malaysian polls, parties must embrace new competition in policy-making

April 26, 2008, Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

THE remarkable results of the Malaysian general elections of March 8 almost certainly mean that the country’s politics has changed forever. Five states are in opposition hands and the government has lost its two-third majority in Parliament. At the individual level, a sense of empowerment is widely felt in the northern states that fell to opposition parties.

Even supporters of Barisan Nasional (BN) parties such as Gerakan, which governed the state of Penang for 38 years, are pleasantly surprised by the sense of relief felt in coffee shops and on the streets.

With this change in political climate comes a mindset shift. Suddenly, a concept of “new politics” has appeared in contrast to “old politics” and to the discourses that emanated from the race-based system of the BN.

Public enthusiasm has entered the political arena in a way not seen in decades. This is evidenced by the sharp increase in membership that opposition parties have experienced over the last month, as well as by the sudden rise in popularity of all the newspapers in the country.


Info on HINDRAF Rally November 24, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.
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Forget about what that police fella said. Blah, blah blah.

If you’re sick of reading about yet another Indian temple being smashed, sick of seeing Indian plantation workers and their families forced out from their workplace and homes, sick of seeing how Samy Vellu and MIC plunder and enslave those they profess to represent, sick of Umno Youth antics, and sick of this recalcitrant evil Empire also known as Barisan Nasional, then stand up and be counted on Sunday.

If you’re bored with brainless reactionary liberals, recycling the state’s rationale against the rally and silencing a most marginalised community ironically, while hoisting the banner of multiculturalism, please go read Nat Tan’s “Why I will walk This Sunday“.

Presentation of 100,000 signatures to Queen Elizabeth II at the British High Commission

Venue : British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur.

Date: 25.11.2007 (Sunday)

Time: 10.00a.m to 12.00p.m