The Question of Cultural Appropriation

By Arveent Kathirtchelvan Malaysia has a strange relationship with race relations. On the one hand, we sell the image of a multiracial smorgasbord living together to the outside world. On the other, we live in silos and house unhealthy suspicion towards those who are our fellow countrymen but have different skin colours. This has been … Continue reading The Question of Cultural Appropriation

On Proselytisation

By Arveent Kathirtchelvan Religion has become a non-issue for me over the years. I usually don’t take positions defending or protecting any specific ones or their adherents. However, recent events have piqued my interest in this matter with the now infamous incident of controversial Islamic preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu insulting Hinduism. This is unsurprising … Continue reading On Proselytisation

Liberasi’s Reply to the Malaysian Government’s Stance on the ICERD

Liberasi is disappointed and disagrees with the Malaysian government’s current stance of not ratifying the ICERD. We believe that ratification brings several benefits to the country and the reasons of not doing are not justified. However, we would like to recognise the Malaysian political climate currently and comment with more nuance on the matter. For … Continue reading Liberasi’s Reply to the Malaysian Government’s Stance on the ICERD

Liberasi Statement In Support of the Ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)

Liberasi would like to express its support of the Malaysian Government’s proposal to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). We note, however, that several groups and politicians have voiced their concerns about the impact of the ICERD’s ratification on existing race-based policies in Malaysia. Objectors to the … Continue reading Liberasi Statement In Support of the Ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)

Malay vs Malaysian, What’s The Question?

This article is written following the Malaysian Student Leaders’ Summit XII and focuses on Session 1 entitled The Malaysian Dilemma: The Future of Race-based Politics. by Arveent Kathirtchelvan Going to the Malaysian Student Leaders’ Summit XII induced mixed emotions. From last year, the experience was expected to be about average but I guess that’s par for … Continue reading Malay vs Malaysian, What’s The Question?