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Notes from the river: 1805 deaths in custody PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Monday, 19 July 2010 01:47

1805bWe still do not know.

Your soul slipped away; your body unable, broken beyond repair.

Behind the opaque walls of law and order, you died.

Mati. Of the many truths, that is truest.

The rest we may never know.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 July 2010 03:48
Stop threats, stop violence PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 March 2012 12:16

cs-jointstatementPendirian Organisasi Masyarakat Madani:

Hentikan Ancaman dan Keganasan terhadap Aktivisme Sosial dan Politik

2 Mac 2012

Kami, organisasi masyarakat madani yang tersenarai di bawah, menyatakan kegusaran kami di atas serangan terhadap beberapa majlis yang sah dan demokratik dianjurkan oleh gerakan sosial dan parti politik. Tindakan biadab di majlis seperti Himpunan Hijau 2.0 di Pulau Pinang, forum-forum ABU (Asal Bukan UMNO), ceramah YB Nurul Izzah di Gambang, Pahang dan serangan terhadap kereta YB Anwar Ibrahim di Sembrong, Johor di antara lain membayangkan perkembangan yang berbahaya dalam masyarakat kita.

Kami amat khuatir dengan perkembangan ini dan kami percaya ini adalah keganasan terancang berlatar belakangkan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 yang akan datang. Ia adalah petanda buruk suasana politik ugutan dan kekerasan untuk menyekat kebebasan pertukaran ide, wacana dan kepelbagaian pilihan politik.

Kegagalan pihak berkuasa untuk bertindak dengan pantas dan tegas akan menggalakkan pelakunya untuk meningkatkan gangsterisme, menjadikannya lebih kerap dan berleluasa hingga boleh menjadikannya tidak terkawal. Ini boleh memudaratkan asas amalan demokrasi seperti yang termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan Rukun Negara. Kerosakan pada mata masyarakat dunia tidak terhitung.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 March 2012 12:57
More than one reason to hold a party PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 June 2010 17:21

selatan-vr1By Dharmalingam Vinasithamby

Anak Bangsa Malaysia - Selatan


The next time you throw a party, make sure you have voter registration forms on hand. That is what Yang Oi Mun did at his home in Taman Sutera, Johor Bahru, last Saturday. Friends and relatives had gathered to celebrate the arrival of his second child, Yu Rui, now one month old.

When they sat down to eat, Oi Mun made sure they would be reminded of their civic responsibility by placing placards on the tables announcing the number of unregistered voters in each state - in Johor, an embarrassing 605,000! Standing by was Mr Fletcher Soo and others to help them get registered. The message got through and by the end of the evening, four guests had registered themselves as voters.

Picture  / Dharmalingam Vinasithamby

Last Updated on Monday, 28 June 2010 17:36
IDEAS calls for enhancement of Education Policies for Orang Asli Children PDF Print E-mail
Written by admin   
Monday, 26 October 2020 11:09
  • The Orang Asli community continue to face barriers to education, resulting in persistently higher school dropout rates than the national average.

  • Existing government policies and programmes are currently not sufficient to address the underlying challenges.

  • IDEAS calls for greater efforts including systematic evaluation of existing programmes and greater incorporation of Orang Asli values and culture into the curriculum.

Kuala Lumpur, 22 October 2020 –The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) today published a policy paper titled “Education Policies in Overcoming Barriers Faced by Orang Asli Children: Education for all”.  The paper was authored by IDEAS’ Research Manager of Social Policy, Wan Ya Shin.


The paper reviews several policies and programmes and finds that the outcomes of government programmes have not been commensurate with the effort and resources poured into developing and implementing them.


While there appears to be some reduction in the gap between Orang Asli students and the national average according to the Malaysian Education Blueprint (2013-2025), key challenges such as lack of opportunities to attend preschool and contextualized curriculum and pedagogy have not been adequately addressed. These significant challenges have resulted in persistently higher school dropout rates from the national average. For example, from 2016 to 2018, the national dropout rates were consistently below 4%, while the Orang Asli students’ dropout rates were above 17% and it increased significantly to 26% in 2017.


Faced with socio-economic, geographic, language and cultural barriers, many Orang Asli children perform poorly and drop out of school. Since 1995, the Ministry of Education has introduced various policies and programmes to improve the educational outcomes of Orang Asli children. These programmes and policies have evolved from integration into mainstream education to a more indigenous-focused education. However, the paper concludes that further action is needed to ensure these policies match the nature and scale of the challenge that Orang Asli face.

The following are the recommendations based on the findings of the research:


  • Policies should identify and tackle underlying challenges instead of addressing ‘symptoms’

  • Periodic evaluation and impact analysis of policies and programmes are needed to ensure effectivity and address new issues and gaps that arise during implementation

  • Look into needs of Orang Asli children who have never been to school and identify and address their challenges

  • Respect the voice of Orang Asli communities and their right to self-determination when formulating policies and programmes

  • Contextualise the curriculum and incorporate indigenous values and culture so that it is relevant to the students’ lives

  • Provide adequate training to teachers and support them with professional development programmes

  • Re-examine the focus of the Malaysian education system and move towards a holistic education

Commenting on the release, Wan said that “It is hoped that the observations and recommendations made in this paper will contribute to the continuous improvement in the policies and programmes for the benefit of Orang Asli children. This is not just an issue faced by Orang Asli communities but a national education issue, and we need to ensure that all Malaysian children have access to quality education.”


IDEAS CEO Tricia Yeoh commented, “Orang Asli children continue to face tremendous barriers in accessing the quality education they require to escape the poverty cycle. The education system must better serve our indigenous communities to enable them to flourish and participate meaningfully in our Malaysian society.”


A copy of the Policy IDEAS No.66 can be downloaded here.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2021 16:05
'When I get to the Polling Booth...' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 01:55

ongohingBy Goh Keat Peng

First published in onGOHing (parts 1 and 2)


When I get to the polling booth this coming general elections, the question among others that I will ask myself will be: Which of the two contesting political party coalitions will be more likely to move against those who have allegedly committed crime against the country by misusing the people’s financial resources?


This issue concerns me because, despite the fact that I myself may no longer be poor, it is unconscionable that so many Malaysian families are today still deprived of so much essential goods and services in their daily lives while some in positions of power or have connections with those in positions of power seem to be able to live it up either by paying themselves exorbitant salaries, packages and bonuses or awarded contracts which are worth a lot.

Bona fide business must of course be given space to start and grow to create jobs and enhance taxes to increase the nation’s wealth which in turn can generate work opportunities and more essential goods and services for all our people. But there must be opportunities for qualified Malaysians to bid for government contracts through openly conducted tender.

Issues of good governance are of great consequence because no country is so wealthy that it can allow an unmitigated drain on the people’s resources and yet not have adverse effects on national development and impact on its people. If we have “Save Water” and “Save Electricity”campaigns which we as the people must take very seriously, can we as a nation afford not to have a“Save the People’s Money” campaign?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 02:57

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