NO PENSION FOR CIVIL SERVANTS BUT MULTIPLE PENSIONS FOR POLITICIANS?

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

The government is contemplating a new scheme whereby appointments in the public service will no longer be made under the permanent and pension schemes but will be replaced with a contractual scheme. This was announced by Public Service Department director-general Borhan Dolah. He said this is aimed at reducing the burden of pensions which is now reaching RM28 billion. He said existing civil servants might be given the option to switch to the new contractual scheme.

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TAIB MAHMUD IS THE ULTIMATE TEST OF MACC’S CREDIBILITY

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 3 July 2018

The Pakatan government’s anti-corruption credibility leverages on its pursuance of other big corrupt public officials besides Najib Razak especially after the new MACC chief has just announced that she will not let off any “big fish” in her probes. Is there a bigger fish in Malaysia than the former Sarawak Chief Minister?

Thus, Malaysians will not let off such trifling excuses made by the Law Minister Liew Vui Keong that “…there is no new lead for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to reopen its graft probe against Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud.”

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MALAYSIA’S FINANCIAL SCANDALS: MEMORY JOLT FOR FORGETFUL POLITICIANS

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

George Orwell once said:

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

Those who are in power today can try to rewrite the past but they won’t succeed, not when almost all of history has been digitised already. We are made to believe by the new history changers that the 1MDB scandal has been the only financial scandal in Malaysian history and the previous Prime Minister is the first kleptocrat our country has ever had. The former Leader of the Opposition, perhaps thankful that his son’s corruption charges were dropped and further rewarded with a Finance Minister’s post, is now quick to say that he never said that Mahathir was ever corrupt. Let us remind him of the financial scandals in the Mahathir era and what he said about them…

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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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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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