Babigate 2020

by Yvonne Tan We are no stranger to anxieties surrounding halal consumption practices and the danger of contamination making waves in the media with a variety of non-halal spaces available. Back in 2014, there was the Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate scare where initial tests by Health Ministry (KKM) found traces of pork DNA before JAKIM […]

Hate Speech: An Infographic

Projek Dialog has designed an infographic for the public in collaboration with ARTICLE 19, a Freedom of Expression NGO based in London. The infographic responds to a growing demand for clear guidelines to identify “hate speech” and to respond to the challenges it poses to human rights. As such, this infographic addresses the following questions: […]

Is the trade union movement lost?

by Yvonne Tan   In light of Indonesia’s omnibus bill protests that have been led by worker’s unions and Malaysia’s growing scepticism surrounding the government’s COVID-19 economic recovery plans, what can be said about the current state of Malaysia’s labour movement today? As labour unions played an important role in pro-independence movements, the Enactment for […]

Five books on Malaysia’s National Passion

by Yvonne Tan   Every so often racial tropes by politicians make headlines, sparking heated debates on the topic Malaysians love talking about but never candidly — race. Take for example Mahathir’s incessant blaming of Malays for being lazy which was followed by letters almost always citing Syed Hussein Alatas’ Myth of the Lazy Native […]

A Brief Inquiry into “Bossku”

by Yvonne Tan   As Najib Razak was found guilty of all seven charges, his supporters — also known on Twitterjaya as ‘kluster Bossku’ — gathered outside of Kuala Lumpur High Court chanted “Bebas Bossku”, “Bossku tak bersalah” with the fault lying in “Tun Mahathir Mohamad kejam”. Najib’s daughter (@yananajib) also took to Instagram, posting […]

CENSORED: A Forum this 4th of August 2020

What CAN our panel of experts say on how the state of freedom of expression looks like right now in their respective areas of work?   Imagine being told that your article needs “adjusting” so as not to displease the directors of your news agency. Imagine being called up for questioning one day because you […]