PSM CANDIDATES ARE OUR SEEDS OF HOPE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 27 April 2018

Is there much of a choice between a regime that is led by Najib and another led by Mahathir? Both have fallen well short of democratic rule for the good of all, in their autocratic ruling style, whether it be of the whole country or of specific States in Malaysia, with neo-liberal economic policies which favour the affluent and the well connected. Fortunately, there is an alternative agenda presented by Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) which though small in size, provides a beacon of hope for Malaysian politics, a beacon that focuses on the big issues and not personalities.

We are told that this GE14 is about BN versus PH and small parties such as PSM should stay out. When the market is cornered by Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola, there is all the more reason for a healthy drink to replace them in the long run!

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BN MANIFESTO: SHORT ON STRUCTURAL REFORMS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 8 April 2018

After 61 years of racist policies, increasing wealth inequality, autocratic rule and acrimonious scandals, the BN manifesto merely promises populist goodies without the substantive reforms needed to carry our nation forward. Such reforms are what democrats, human rights activists and progressive Malaysians expect from the BN manifesto. Fundamentally, the manifesto lacks three vital changes sorely needed to take our country into a new beginning after sixty years of BN rule, namely: a race-free agenda to unify the nation; a progressive tax structure to redistribute wealth and a truly democratically structured society.

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CONSTITUENCY DELINEATION: 62 YEARS OF SUBTERFUGE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 30 March 2018

In order to view the latest constituency delineation exercise in its proper context, we have to see how the cardinal principle of representative democracy – one person one vote – has been twisted and warped since Independence in 1957. In other words, we have to appreciate “how the trick is done” in order to ensure the Alliance and then the Barisan Nasional remains in power even when they lose the majority votes. Allow me to revisit an article I wrote in 1992, published in Aliran Monthly, 1992: 12(12) and Nanyang Siangpau, 26.11.1992.

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BN SHOULD NOT RECOGNISE UEC IN THEIR MANIFESTO

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 28 March 2018

Now that Pakatan has vowed to recognize the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) in their GE14 manifesto, it would be ludicrous for BN to follow suit by doing the same in their forthcoming manifesto. They should be reminded that they are the ruling coalition, the same coalition that has run this country for more than sixty years!

No, the BN Government would look less silly if they announced the recognition of the UEC as soon as possible, ie. BEFORE their manifesto is launched.

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Anti-Fake News Bill: a Hatchet against Dissent

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is gravely concerned with the introduction of the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 which threatens to further curtail freedom of expression and allow the government to establish ‘truths’ and reject legitimate news and criticism.

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