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A People’s Campaign Against Corruption

If electoral change, laws and persuasion do not lead to a corruption free society, shouldn’t one turn to the people, that is, ask the people to do what they can to usher in a society with a stronger commitment to what is right. Let the people lead the quest for a corruption-free society ! This is perhaps what Hussamuddin is trying to do. He is hoping that popular consciousness, a people’s determination to rid society of the scourge of corruption will hold the key to success.

Winning Votes Through Identity Politics

According to official estimates, Donald J. Trump obtained a little more than 74 million votes in the November 2020 presidential election losing to Joseph Biden who secured a little more than 81 million votes. Biden won by a comfortable margin but Trump also performed remarkably well. What explains his performance? Analysis of his performance may reveal the growing influence of a certain combination of forces that may shape elections in not only the United States but also in other parts of the world in the coming years.

Leadership Manoeuvres: The Real Reason

Why is it that in spite of increasing Covid 19 infections, rising fatalities, massive floods in a number of states and serious economic challenges, some politicians are still indulging in political machinations and manipulations? His Majesty the Yang Di Pertuan Agong and a number of Rulers have strongly advised politicians against indulging in political manoeuvres at a time like this. Together with the rakyat, they have pleaded with the politicians to refrain from politicking and concentrate instead upon taming the pandemic.

In Memoriam of HM Dahlan (1940 – 1997)

During his fairly long academic career which spanned over more than two-and-half decades, H.M. Dahlan had trained many students and had left an indelible mark in the field of development studies in Malaysia. Together with a number of other young scholars back in the early 1970’s, he was involved in the big debate calling for a new orientation in social science in Malaysia, in particular in the fields of anthropology, sociology and psychology.

Mengenang Kassim Ahmad (1933-2017)

Kassim Ahmad anak zamannya. Alur fikirnya hasil interaksinya dengan lingkungan eranya. Beliau turut terbentuk oleh persekitaran intelektual, politik dam sosial tahun-tahun 1950an, 1960an, dan awal 1970an. Selanjutnya, Kassim berinteraksi pula dengan gelombang kebangkitan semula Islam sekitar 1980an dan 1990an. Period-period tersebut ditandai dengan beberapa peristiwa besar dunia dan di dalam negeri.

Setelah 65 Tahun: Mengenang Bakti Parti Rakyat Malaya

Pada hari kesebelas, bulan sebelas, sebelas pagi, 1955 Partai Rakyat Malaya didirikan. Parti ini ditubuhkan lengkap dengan ideologi sosialisme yang disesuaikan dengan sejarah dan sosiologi Malaysia yang memang merangkul luas nusantara, di samping dnegan semangat gerakan kesinambungan jalur kiri Melayu, suatu jalur yang bangkit kembali setelah terpukul pada 1948. Dengan semangat marhaenisme, maka program politik sosial-nasional-demokrasi turut diisytiharkan.

Déjà Vu in France: Change Attitudes

The hypocrisy of the French State goes beyond convictions in Court. While officials are rightfully aghast at the violence committed by individuals, France has a long history of perpetrating brutal massacres and genocides against Muslims and others. The millions of Algerians, Tunisians and Moroccans who died in the course of the French colonisation of these countries bear tragic testimony to this truth. Vietnam and the rest of Indo-China reinforce this cruel and callous record

Warisan Wawasan Burhanuddin al-Helmy

Dr Burhanuddin Al-Helmy adalah segelintir ahli fikir yang tinggi wawasannya, tetapi sayangnya dengan sistematisnya cuba disirnakan jasanya. Hal ini demikian kerana sejarah Malaysia pada ketika ini ditulis oleh sang pemenang untuk para pemenang. Jadi bersama-sama kontemporarinya seperti Ahmad Boestamam, Ishak Haji Muhammad, Ibrahim Yaakob, idea-idea mereka diremehkan begitu sahaja, ironisnya, oleh parti-parti politik yang diasaskan mereka sendiri.

Tanggapan terhadap Naratif Malaysia: Penerus Sains Sosial yang Komited

Menurut saya, usaha dan cita-cita luhur Naratif Malaysia ini merupakan satu cerminan daripada hasrat untuk mencari penyelesaian kepada krisis intelektual yang kita hadapi pada hari ini. Saya perhatikan, usaha ini adalah satu cita-cita luhur dari kelompok sarjana muda yang mahu mengemukakan pertanyaan baru dan menginginkan jawapan baru bagi soalan tersebut. Saya merasakan demikian kerana Malaysia sedang menghadapi krisis intelektual.

Estet Budaya-sosial dan Garisannya

Masyarakat Malaysia turut ada tradisi dan gerakan yang mengajukan wacana² sebegini, yang berusaha membangun naratif² dan idea² politik. Cuma dan bezanya, pada ketika ini suatu estet yang baru yang berbeza komposisi dan nilai dan metodnya mungkin diperlukan.