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SUARAM Annual Human Rights Report 2018

Human Rights Must be the Foundation of Malaysia’s Reform

Digital copy of SUARAM Annual Human Rights Report will be available for download HERE until 31 July 2019.

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Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) Annual Human Rights Report 2018 aims to outline the situation pertaining to human rights in Malaysia for the year 2018. The human rights discourse has evolved drastically following the 14th General Election. However, the first change in administration in Malaysia does not mean an end to the culture of impunity that characterize the human rights violations in Malaysia. Even under the new administration, crucial reforms to remedy the ongoing human rights violations have been slow and met with substantial opposition.

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TASK FORCES, COMMITTEES ARE MERE PROCRASTINATION

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 17 Aug 2019

Despite our bloated civil service that continues to bleed our annual budget dry, the new PH government continues to procrastinate solving the nation’s problems by forming new committees, task forces, advisers, all of which will further bleed the national coffers.

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DECONSTRUCTING MAHATHIR’S RACIST RAGE AGAINST DONG ZONG

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 15 Aug 2019

The Prime Minister has called Dong Zong (the National Chinese School Committees’ Association) racist because of its opposition to the inclusion of khat in the primary school Bahasa Malaysia curriculum. According to Mahathir, “if the education organisation continued to instigate and incite people to fight against each other, it would be going against the law…If you look at the background of Dong Zong, it has never fought for Malaysians. It has only fought for one race in this country.”

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CELEBRATING 200 YEARS OF CHINESE EDUCATION

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser and Former Principal of New Era College, 14 Aug 2019

It is a sad irony that while the Prime Minister is casting aspersions on Chinese educationists and even threatening arrests, we are actually celebrating 200 years of the contributions of Chinese education to this country. When I first joined Dong Zong (the National Chinese School Committees Association) in 1983, I was truly impressed by the fact that our schools had been nurtured by the community since their inception in the nineteenth century. Indeed, this achievement by Chinese Malaysians is worthy of national pride, for there are few if any comparisons of such a community-run education system in the world.

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PAKATAN MPS WITH INTEGRITY SHOULD RESIGN IF LYNAS STAYS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 8 Aug 2019

We were so used to wakil rakyat and ministers of the old BN regime clinging on to their posts like barnacles to the ship of state even after scandals were exposed but are we to expect the same from peoples’ representatives in the “New Malaysia” under PH?

If those MPs who rode to victory at the polls on the back of voters who thought that they were totally committed to the struggle to remove Lynas from Kuantan have any integrity in their bones, they would resign forthwith if their PH government decides to allow Lynas to continue operating in Kuantan.

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KHAT OUT THE DIVERSIONS MAZLEE, FOCUS ON REFORMS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 5 Aug 2019

Ever since he was appointed, the Education Minister has consistently failed to bring about the promised education reforms that Pakatan Harapan promised in their GE14 manifesto. Is he in the grip of the ineluctable “Deep State” that explains his series of diversionary “new” policies?

The latest diversion to introduce khat calligraphy in our primary school curriculum has led to an uproar in the non-Muslim communities even before the UEC controversy has been settled. Is this an attempt by Pakatan Harapan to win Muslim votes for the future elections? Alas, they seem to be taking their non-Muslim support at GE14 for granted…

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