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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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HYPOCRISY OVER UTAR GRANTS

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

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (LGE) has asked the board of trustees of MCA-owned Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) to relinquish their posts if they want more government funding. Thus, UTAR which is ranked 2nd in Times Higher Education (THE) in Malaysia World University Rankings 2020 received only RM1 million under the 2020 Budget when it had previously received RM5.5 million for development. Lim said if MCA relinquishes its control over the institutions, Putrajaya will immediately reinstate funding of RM30 million for this year and next year.

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BUILD THE THIRD FORCE NOW OR WE’RE BACK TO BN 1&2

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 29 October 2019

Ten years ago, I raised the urgent need for a Third Force in Malaysian politics when it was clear that the PH “profits before people” and race/religion agenda was no different from that of BN’s. The last two years have  finally shown the pressing need for such a Third Force if we are not to be disappointed with the return to BN rule in GE15 again…

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WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE COUNTRY WAS BEING ROBBED ANWAR?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 28 October 2019

The ‘PM-indeterminate’ Anwar Ibrahim seems to have picked the wrong example to try to be on the right side of the ever-determined Prime Minister. He has lambasted one of Malaysia’s more honest academics, Dr Lim Teck Ghee for apparently “keeping quiet during the era of corruption and theft under the BN government” just because Lim called the PH record since the 2018 general election “an unmitigated disaster”.

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I DIDN’T KNOW WE HAD AN ORANG ASLI PRIME MINISTER!

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong SUARAM Adviser 26 October 2019

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been quoted as saying: “It hurts me to think in their own country, the indigenous people are not supposed to have their own gatherings without being accused of being racist,” he said. He further said that the “indigenous people in Malaysia”, referring to the Malays, had “shown tolerance” when people of different ethnic groups held such gatherings, and they had been accepted as normal. He was of course referring to the recent Malay Dignity Conference at which he delivered a keynote address.

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SUPERMAN DOWNED WHILE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE STAY SILENT

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 25 October 2019

The banning of Superman’s (sic) comic book on China’s Belt/Road Initiative must surely be the ultimate farce under our so-called “New Malaysia”. SUARAM’s annual human rights report has routinely listed banned books since the BN era but this takes the biscuit for absurdity. Zunar, our ‘Cartoon Laureate’ has rightly spoken out against this kind of medieval censorship which is a far cry from the “Shared Progressive Vision” we are supposed to be co-creating…

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