DIRTY BUSINESS AS USUAL DURING A CLIMATE CRISIS?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 24 Sept 2019

During the week when the whole world was marching for change to address the climate emergency, was there outrage among Malaysians over the shocking “business as usual” article by Mangai Balasegaram, “We’re polluting the air to generate power we don’t need”? (The Star, 22 Sept 2019)

Mangai was highlighting the abominable RM3.5bil contract awarded to Tadmax Resources to develop a coal-fired power plant in Pulau Indah, Klang:

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COMMIT TO URGENT CLIMATE ACTION NOW!

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong & Anne Munro-Kua, SUARAM 20 Sept 2019

We, the inhabitants of Planet Earth, are already having to deal with unprecedented and alarming events from flooding to forest fires, in what is clearly a Global Climate Emergency. In the face of this challenging scenario, millions of concerned citizens across all 7 continents are going on Climate Strike this September 20th to demand that our respective governments take urgent significant action to address this crisis. First of all, we need an urgent response and clear strategies from the Malaysian Government that demonstrate a commitment to addressing these universal demands:

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TASK FORCES, COMMITTEES ARE MERE PROCRASTINATION

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 17 Aug 2019

Despite our bloated civil service that continues to bleed our annual budget dry, the new PH government continues to procrastinate solving the nation’s problems by forming new committees, task forces, advisers, all of which will further bleed the national coffers.

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PAKATAN MPS WITH INTEGRITY SHOULD RESIGN IF LYNAS STAYS

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

We were so used to wakil rakyat and ministers of the old BN regime clinging on to their posts like barnacles to the ship of state even after scandals were exposed but are we to expect the same from peoples’ representatives in the “New Malaysia” under PH?

If those MPs who rode to victory at the polls on the back of voters who thought that they were totally committed to the struggle to remove Lynas from Kuantan have any integrity in their bones, they would resign forthwith if their PH government decides to allow Lynas to continue operating in Kuantan.

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ONLY ELECTED LOCAL COUNCILS CAN PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCANDALS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 29 June 2019

The Malaysian people have become totally fed-up with the performance of their local authorities all these years. Our daily newspapers abound with complaints about the many aspects of local councils’ irresponsibility and questionable activities. The inertia and non-accountability of local councils have resulted in bottlenecks, discontentment and environmental disasters which are holding back our development. Looking at examples of successful councils in the developed countries, we find that their most distinguishing features are the fact that they are elected; council meetings are open and transparent; accountability is demanded; there is participation by ratepayers, and there are established mechanisms to manage change.

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