THIS LAND IS OUR LAND, NOT FOR PRIVATISATION

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 10 Oct 2018

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said the government may sell the people’s land and other “valuable assets” to private interests to pare down its debt. Such a quick fix argument is flawed and totally unacceptable. The reality is that we expect the new PH government to do the reverse and reclaim our public assets that have been privatised since the Eighties. 

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A HIGH-INCOME COUNTRY WITH RM1050 MINIMUM WAGE?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong SUARAM Adviser 18.9.2018

Dr Mahathir touted the aspiration of becoming a high-income country by 2020 at least three decades ago when he launched Vision 2020. Beyond the catchy phrase, we must question what such a goal represents for ordinary Malaysians. Firstly, what do mean/average numbers represent in practice for people living at the bottom end of the spectrum of grossly divergent incomes, and secondly, if this is our goal, are we on track? Thirdly, if not, what needs to be in place to ensure we are on track in moving towards such an aspiration?  

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CEP REPORT, OSA – CIVIL SOCIETY DEMANDS FULL TRANSPARENCY

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 28 Aug 2018

Civil society strongly protests the Prime Minister’s decision to keep the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) 100-day report secret simply by saying it is the government’s business. He has also announced that the Official Secrets Act 1972 will stay despite the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition’s promised revision prior to GE14. This is in total contradiction to the new government’s commitment to total transparency during the exposes of the Najib administration just after the May elections.

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SOSMA Must Go and Juvenile Detainees must be Freed Immediately

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) welcomes the announcement by Tun Mahathir Mohamad regarding the administration’s plans to abolish the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

Since its inception, SOSMA has been used extensively by the Royal Malaysian Police with more than 1,600 detentions since July 2012. Despite assurances by the former administration, the denial of the right to fair trial and torture in detention remains prevalent with SUARAM’s documenting countless case of brutal torture akin to those faced by detainees under the Internal Security Act 1960.

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