GE14: No “Malay Tsunami”, Serious Electoral Reforms Needed

by Badrul Hisham Ismail
11 May 2018 / Features

IMAN Research, a think tank consultancy based in Kuala Lumpur, has spent the past 10 days observing campaign rallies, on the ground sentiments, and voter behaviours with regard to the recent General Elections (GE).

No Big Rallies in GE14, Personal Touch Strategy to Woo Voters

by Badrul Hisham Ismail
7 May 2018 / Features

Sharing the interest and concern of the general Malaysians, IMAN Research had initiated an observation on campaign rallies running up to the 14th General Election (GE14) beginning April 28, 2018; guided by the international election methodology of observation.

CVE Wishlist for the Malaysian Government in Waiting

by Elida Izani
16 April 2018 / Features

The dates of the 14th General Election have finally been announced and with it, big promises come to the fore. Some questions regarding Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) have been brought up in parliament but the general discourse of P/CVE is still somewhat overlooked. Now, when politicians are eager to listen to the public, is a good time to discuss P/CVE more productively.

The Affair Podcast - Aziff Azuddin (Part 1)

by IMAN Research
31 March 2018 / Videos

Are Muslims overstepping their boundaries in the Western World, and has Commercial Islam led to this? Aziff Azuddin discusses the situation in the UK and Malaysia with Dina Zaman, in The Affair Weekly's first podcast. The discussion is a three-part series.

Perlukah Kepada yang Ketiga?

by Lutfi Hakim
16 March 2018 / Op-Eds

Apabila budaya berpolitik bertujuan meneruskan status quo, pihak baru harus hadir di dalam badan penggubalan undang-undang tersebut untuk mengimbang kembali pemikiran politik dan polisi pemerintah ke arah yang lebih saksama.

Muftiya Malaysia

by Afiq Mohd Noor
9 March 2018 / Features

Mahathir’s Second Coming

by Badrul Hisham Ismail
28 February 2018 / Features


IMHO: The Politically Persistent


by IMAN Research
11 January 2018 / Videos

The air is thick with cynicism when it comes to politics these days, as disillusionment and distrust in politicians grows. Yet there remains a section of the population that continues to actively participate in politics, who are unwavering in their support and hope in the political process. IMHO meets with the attendees of the Himpunan Menentang Kleptokrasi held last October at PJ's Padang Timur, to understand the reasons behind their continued interest in politics, bucking the trend today.

IMHO is The Affair Weekly's video series that asks the people who matter what their thoughts are on the pressing issues of the day. For the latest updates, follow The Affair Weekly on your preferred social networks.


This is the opinion of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of The Affair.





Deklarasi Kuala Lumpur dan “Hak Kepada Bandar”

by Badrul Hisham Ismail
22 February 2018 / Features

Pada 7 ke 13 Februari yang lalu, Kuala Lumpur dengan gayanya telah menjadi tuan rumah kepada World Urban Forum (WUF) ke-9. Forum yang diadakan oleh UN-Habitat ini adalah satu perjumpaan global di antara penggubal dasar, pemimpin kerajaan tempatan, badan-badan bukan kerajaan serta para pakar daripada bidang pembangunan bandar dan penempatan manusia, untuk berbincang tentang perkara-perkara berkaitan dengan urbanisasi dan pembangunan mampan.


Golput Malaysia

by Afiq Mohd Noor
15 February 2018 / Op-Eds

Orang bercakap tentang pilihanraya di mana-mana. Di pusat membeli-belah, warong kopi, pejabat, masjid dan tandas-tandas awam. Rakyat terbanyak mula menimbang siapa yang patut kita pangkah – Barisan Nasional, PAS atau Pakatan Harapan? Namun yang paling menarik pada pilihanraya kali ini Malaysia menyaksikan suara-suara muda yang kecewa dengan pilihan sedia ada dan berkempen untuk merosakkan undi. Tagar undi rosak membanjiri media-media sosial. Di sana-sini orang mula bercakap tentang undi rosak. Persoalannya, kenapa undi rosak?


Beri Suara, Ikut Serta

by Lutfi Hakim
7 February 2018 / Op-Eds

“Menjengkelkan” - itu mungkin perkataan yang terbayang di dalam kepala apabila anda mendengar perkataan politik. Rasa mual yang terkait pula semakin dirasakan dengan aksi-aksi mencapub ahli politik seperti berselipar jepun dan bercaping menjelang tarikh pilihanraya. Janji-janji baru pula ditabur, seolah-olah yang lama sudah dilupakan.


Tourism Terraforming and its Insidious Consequences

by Aziff Azuddin
31 January 2018 / Features

Travelling has become the touchstone of modern middle-class aspirations. It is present everywhere: on social media feeds with enticing photographs and films that speak about escapism of the local mundane and into uncharted adventures. To travel is be enlightened and to broaden one’s perspectives through invaluable experiences. While swimming in this euphoric ocean, we often overlook the consequences of travelling, and whatever we choose to label ourselves as when we travel when we visit a land foreign from ours – we’re tourists. And as tourists, we engage with a state-constructed economic project that has both material and abstract consequences.


Blasphemy on Facebook: Challenges of Managing Sensitivities Online

by Lutfi Hakim
24 January 2018 / Features

Last year, there was an incident involving the local chapter of the atheist group Atheist Republic in Malaysia posted up a photo from their gathering in Kuala Lumpur on their Facebook page. The post attracted the attention of people outside that community in Malaysia. Their reaction shows us how potent sensitivities surrounding religion can be. The group’s page was inundated with comments and threats against their perceived apostasy, and the photo received prominent coverage in the Malay-language media. This was followed by official announcements by government ministers on the opening multi-agency investigations to track down the group.


Mekong Review: Southeast Asia’s New Narratives in Old Media

by Mohd Izzuddin Ramli
17 January 2018 / Features

I was invited for a visit to the official venue of the George Town Literary Festival 2017 by Gareth Richards, an editor, bookseller and the co-curator for the festival. The festival’s director, Bernice Chauly and the co-curator, Pauline Fan were also present.

I arrived a bit later and was greeted by Gareth himself. There was a newspaper-sized paper folded under his armpit. I could not exactly guess what it really was. All I could see was part of an illustration that looked like Angkor Wat with a half revealed title, and that was enough to arouse my interest.


Reflecting on The Curious Case of Siti Aishah

by Nicholas Chan
3 January 2018 / Features

The latest season of TV Thriller Homeland began with an ex-CIA officer trying to defend an American of Nigerian descent, Sekou Bah, who was arrested for terrorism-related charges using the controversial method of entrapment.

While Sekou is not guilty of what he is accused of, he is certainly not an inane bystander either. As a religious person angered by America’s foreign policy, he spewed hatred against America on the Internet, posting pictures of slain American soldiers, and appears to be implicitly supporting suicide bombing in Afghanistan and Iraq.


*Free (*Conditions Apply) — Unraveling the Curtains Over Urban Privilege

by Benjamin Loh
27 December 2017 / Features

As scholar, I’ve always been keen to understand how regular people make sense of the entertainment media they consume. I look at how media piracy’s persistent presence in the average Malaysian’s media diet has changed the way people see and place value on their entertainment. From interviews conducted with local consumers from urban areas, I’ve encountered a variety of characters including someone who’s perception of piracy was so skewed, she considered legitimate services like Netflix to be pirated media.

While I was not particularly surprised by how candid and open my participants were with regards to their use of pirated media, quite a few opined that entertainment media was effectively “free” due to the presence of piracy. If you wanted to watch something, someone out there would have graciously made it available on the Internet for anyone to access with no fees. Yes, the power of the Internet has democratized the modes of access to entertainment and in a way removed the barriers of cost and made it into a public good.


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