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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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ENOUGH DISTRACTIONS PH, SHOW US YOUR NEW PLAN

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 10 Dec 2018

Since their victory at the last elections, PH has been feeding us an endless stream of distractions while not providing us an alternative political economic and socio-cultural plan that is different from BN’s. First, they put forward the mythical 1 trillion debt mountain that was used as an excuse to cut public expenditure. Well, Moody’s 2018 figures for Malaysia’s debt put it at 50.8% of our GDP and not the 85% claimed by the government. Then they continue to bash the last Prime Minister even though the big kleptocrat is already in the hands of the AG Chambers and the courts. And with the MCA reduced to just one MP in Parliament, why are they being treated as if they pose such a threat to PH?

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS DETRIMENTAL TO RACE RELATIONS?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong SUARAM Adviser 10 Dec 2018

On August 7 this year, while writing to deflate the view by the PH government that there was no money to run local government elections, I already anticipated Dr Mahathir’s statement yesterday that local government elections would be detrimental to race relations. His reasoning was that since most of the ethnic Chinese were residing in the urban areas, while a majority of the Malays were in rural areas, if local council elections were held, this would see urbanites governed by one race, while another race would be managing the rural areas.

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Postponing Human Rights and Empowering Politics of Hate


SUARAM regrets the turn of events which resulted in the postponement of the Human Rights Day celebration organized by SUHAKAM and the suggestions that the celebration was a counter-rally against the Anti-ICERD rally organized by the opposition party.

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WHEN IS IT EVER TIME FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN MALAYSIA?

Speech by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser at the launch of SUARAM’s Human Rights Overview Report 2018

On this Human Rights Day 2018, SUARAM asks: When will the time ever be ripe for human rights to be realised in Malaysia? Here, we pose six specific human rights questions to the new PH government which since coming to power on May 9th is developing a reputation for flip flopping over basic human rights issues. Such issues include failure to: ratify ICERD; bring back elected local government; redistribute wealth; regulate developers; commit to sustainable development and to have an accountable and effective police force. SUARAM’s Human Rights Report Overview for 2018 further calls for the abolition of detention-without-trial laws, the death penalty, the Sedition Act and the UUCA and other human rights violations that the PH government has found too convenient to use like their BN predecessors. The time never seems to be ripe for realising human rights in Malaysia…

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