Martin Vengadesan

Recent and archived articles by Martin Vengadesan

13 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

From Merdeka to New Malaysia

Umasundari Sambanthan has lived through all the important events in Malaysia’s history, and even as she approaches 90, remains as keenly involved as ever.

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6 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Socialists the world over

Left-wing politics may be on the retreat but there are still people willing to devote their lives to the cause.

New populist chapter: Bolsonaro supporters gathering for the inauguration ceremony of the far-right president at ‘Tres Poderes’ square in Brasilia. — Reuters
23 Dec 2018 | 7:00 AM

All good things...

The end of this year of change also heralds a new beginning for the writer.

Eye in the sky: Keep watching; it’s clear that even when a man steps off it ... the world keeps turning.
16 Dec 2018 | 7:00 AM

On the front line

For someone who has fought for change in the PKR trenches for over a decade, the Setiawangsa MP knows only too well that the battle continues for the Pakatan Harapan government.

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9 Dec 2018 | 3:47 PM

Socialism 2018: Malaysian leftists told to overcome defeatist mentality, renew their message

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian socialists need to ask themselves why the anti-Icerd (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) campaign was able to mobilise tens of thousands for a racist message, when the left wing struggles to have such an impact.

From left: Imran of Imagine Malaysia, moderator Masjaliza and S. Arutchelvan of Parti Sosialis Malaysia.
25 Nov 2018 | 8:39 AM

Kee's World: Veteran journalist gives voice to the people

PETALING JAYA: One of the most prolific authors on the local scene, Kee Thuan Chye is back with a book that captures the excitement of the May 9 general election.

25 Nov 2018 | 7:00 AM

Malaysian poverty is a real problem

We may be largely concerned with human rights issues, but there is an underclass of Malaysians whose basic needs must be addressed.

A class issue: Concepts like press freedom and conservation may not matter as much when one is poor and struggling to survive.
21 Nov 2018 | 8:37 AM

Prominent activists due in town for December's Socialism 2018 forum

PETALING JAYA: Socialism 2018, the annual forum conducted by Parti Sosialis Malaysia, will be held from Dec 7-9 at the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, and this year's speakers really are from all over the world.

18 Nov 2018 | 7:00 AM

The Sungai Siput conundrum

IN 2008, Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj was one of the giant-killing success stories. Representing the small Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), he managed to topple Datuk Seri Samy Vellu in Sungai Siput, a seat that had only been held by Samy Vellu and Tun Sambanthan since the country’s independence.

Light blue wave: Both Dr Jeyakumar and his wife R. Rani who contested in the Buntong state under PSM lost to Pakatan Harapan candidates in GE14.
18 Nov 2018 | 7:00 AM

The ‘red’ doctor

HE could have easily been a rich specialist with a luxurious lifestyle, but Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj instead chose the socialist path.

Humble giant-killing politician: Dr Jeyakumar comes from an illustrious medical family which includes his surgeon father Datuk Seri Dr T. Devaraj – seen here with his mother Elizabeth Devaraj – but chose to dedicate his life to serving the people.