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SUARAM Human Rights Report Overview 2018

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) Human Rights report Overview 2018 is now available to the public. 2018 has been a monumental year for Malaysia. With the first change of administration in the nation’s history, the Malaysian peoples’ aspiration for change and political reform is given an opportunity to flourish.

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CORRUPTION IN PAKATAN’S POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 19 Feb 2019

Pakatan Harapan rode to power in GE14 on a groundswell of disgust that Malaysians felt against the blatant scale of corruption committed by the former BN regime. While PH targeted Najib and the 1MDB scandal in their campaign strategy, the coalition was fully aware of the fact that corruption extends beyond bare-faced kleptocracy. That is why the PH manifesto in GE14 decried the patronage practised by BN in appointing politicians and their partisans in state institutions. It is time Malaysians take a stand on these facets of corruption in our institutions for if we don’t, we will find our country is forever doomed to an age of mediocrity.

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WHAT IS THE RELEVANCE OF F1 TO THE NEEDS OF THE NATION?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 14 Feb 2019

It is not funny anymore. GE14 raised hopes of a new progressive approach to developing the country. Yet the Prime Minister’s revival of his former failed projects is blatantly not relevant to the country’s most pressing needs. These can no longer be taken lightly as the quaint attempts by an aging politician to salvage his damaged pride after these projects were axed by the Badawi and Najib administrations.

First, the “saviour” of the nation wanted to revive the crooked bridge to Singapore that was stopped by the Badawi government; then he decided to revive the failed Proton project by proposing a Third National Car, arguing that Proton is no longer our national car; now he even wants to restart the F1 fiasco!

Is this what Malaysia most needs right now? Are these projects to be revived just to spite the former PMs Badawi and Najib? Will there be any NEAC members with “principled balls” who will dare to confront the PM on the viability of these patently failed and hare-brained projects?

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PSM CAN SPEARHEAD ‘THIRD PROGRESSIVE FORCE’ AT SEMENYIH BYELECTION

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 13 Feb 2019

On May 9th 2018, the Malaysian people chose to cast their votes for the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Coalition because their GE14 Manifesto had promised to implement wide ranging reforms that made them appear radically different from the governance experienced under the BN. As events have unfolded, PH seems to have become more and more like BN 2.0 especially with the latest assimilation of UMNO MPs into Parti Pribumi. Was this the change we voted for in GE14? PH is now willing to work with the man who, during his 22 years in office, was responsible for privatizing practically all of Malaysian industry and destroying whatever semblance of democracy we had. More seriously, PH has driven PAS into a closer alliance with UMNO.

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A WITCH HUNT AGAINST FAKE DEGREES, FRAUD & CORRUPTION?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 12 Feb 2019

I wasn’t going to write about the sordid fake degree scandal that has infected the PH government until I saw the allegation by one of the Pakatan leaders that this was a “witch hunt” against the PH government leaders.

The expose of public officials with fake degrees is compared to a witch hunt? Let’s get this straight. A witch-hunt is based on false evidence to create moral panic in the community and to get at political opposition. It is not evidence based. All that is required to squash any attempts at a “witch hunt” would be to provide the public with some evidence of the truth of the matter.

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NEAC MUST ALSO REVIEW PM’S CONTROVERSIAL PET PROJECTS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 9 Feb 2019

It is timely that the Prime Minister has decided to set up National Economic Action Council (NEAC) 2.0 in anticipation of the looming local and global recession. While few would argue that strategic preparations for this impending recession are needed one important question arises:

Do the terms of reference of NEAC 2.0 include a review of the controversial pet projects already announced by the PM, namely the Third National Car, the privatisation of Khazanah and other GLCs or are these decisions going to be accepted by the Council as a fait accompli?

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