Three generations of rights activists, democrats and artists from across Southeast Asia to gather in Kuala Lumpur, February 13 to 17, 2019, to celebrate Malaysia’s democratic revival and promote democracy and human rights for all.
One hopes that elections will actually be held this time around. Failure by the government to keep to the recently announced date could lead to political instability.
The United States will not intercede, meanwhile, Myanmar's neighbours see it through the economic lens, so an international coalition for the Rohingya is needed.
The December 8, 2018 anti-ICERD rally in Malaysia reminds one of the 1936 Battle of Cable Street in London. Both show the racialist character of protesters and the threat of violence.
After the long authoritative reign of Bhumibol, some would have hoped that the new monarch would be more open, liberal even. Yet, they were wrong.