FOR DEMOCRACY’S SAKE, STEP ASIDE WHEN CHARGED

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 19 Nov 2019

Malaysian politicians do not seem to understand what democracy and the rule of law mean – they think that they are still in a feudal fiefdom where there is an expectation of privilege of office whatever the circumstances. Paul Yong Choo Kiong, who has been charged at the Sessions Court for rape had first refused to go on leave pending the disposal of his court case, arguing that he would continue carrying out his responsibilities as Perak executive councillor despite being advised to. He subsequently stepped down saying he was going to concentrate on his trial but has now returned to work. The Tronoh assemblyman, who is the state exco for housing, local government, public transport, non-Muslim affairs and new villages, said he made the decision after discussing with Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu. Just like that…because he says so!

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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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