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 […]

Penggunaan Dialek dalam Perbahasan Bahasa di Malaysia

oleh Yvonne Tan   (Terjemahan artikel “Regional dialects in Malaysia’s Language Debate”)   Isu bahasa di Malaysia sering dibahaskan dari masa ke masa, dan perkara ini sering dibangkitkan dalam penggunaan bahasa perantara di sekolah terutamanya dalam subjek Matematik dan Sains. Sama ada daripada bekas Menteri Kebudayaan, Kesenian dan Warisan, Rais Yatim yang memberi pandangannya kepada […]

Regional dialects in Malaysia’s Language Debate

by Yvonne Tan   Language debates within Malaysia are almost always highly charged. From time to time the heated medium-of-instruction debate between Bahasa Malaysia vs. English Language for Maths and Science props up every so often. Be it from then Minister of Information, Communication and Culture, Rais Yatim sneering at a journalist “Saya tak jawab […]

Diverse Voices Media Grant

by Jeannette Goon   What are Malaysian stories? When we first put a call out for grant submissions, we were expecting diversity. But even so, we were surprised at how extensive the diversity in media could be. We received pitches for stories about the stateless community in Sabah, Chinese education in Malaysia, psychological trauma among […]

Searching for Malaysia’s migration narrative

By Yvonne Tan   #MigranJugaManusia is a hashtag that began as an online protest against the mass arrests of migrants placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order. Utilising all social media platforms on 3 and 16 May, demanding: 1) Stop mass arrests and to free those who have been detained 2) Ensuring those who have been […]