MALAYSIAN CIVIL SOCIETY AS THE THIRD (PROGRESSIVE) FORCE

Keynote speech by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser at the Civil Society Awards, 10 Dec 2019

Malaysia faces an existential threat of self-destruction if we do not quickly learn from the past mistakes and provide a way forward for the nation. At the GE14 just last year, we succeeded in toppling a corrupt and dysfunctional BN regime only to be quickly disillusioned by a PH government that treats their election manifesto as a useless booklet that can be ignored after the election. Malaysia’s economic growth has stagnated and the stock market has fallen which resulted in the peoples’ revolt against PH at the Tanjung Piai byelection. This is a grim reminder to all of us that if we do not act quickly to point to a way forward for the nation, we will be stuck with this BN/PH circus for the future with grave consequences for the people of this country.

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