Elections across six states in Malaysia resulted in a continuation of the status quo on August 12. Meanwhile, the Socialist Party of Malaysia also contested the elections, cooperating with the youth-based Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA), in a bid to counter the growing race- and religion-based politics in the country, reports Isaac Nellist.
Parti Sosialis Malaysia
Socialist Party of Malaysia deputy chairperson S. Arutchelvan talks about the November 19 snap general elections and the politics and agendas of the various parties in contention.
Burma: ‘Stop violence against the Rohingya’
The Rohingya are an ethnic group facing extreme persecution in Burma (Myanmar). Australia has been criticised for failing to accept Rohingya asylum seekers as refugees.
The statement below was released on October 18 by 35 groups in Malaysia and the Asian region, including human rights groups and political parties such as the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM).
Malaysian democracy activists estimate that between 300,000 and half a million people peacefully took to the streets of the capital Kuala Lumpur for 34 hours from August 29 to 30. This is much larger than the previous mobilisations by the BERSIH (literally meaning “clean”) movement for free and fair elections.