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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Enforced Disappearance Task Force: Why Please Alleged Perpetrators?

SUARAM is baffled by the answers from Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad on the task force investigating into the disappearance of Amri Che Mat and Raymond Koh.

The establishment of the task force is intended to bring perpetrators that orchestrated the disappearance of these individuals to justice. The task force should comprise of independent individuals and experts that could uncover the hidden truths behind the disappearance of the two individuals and ensure justice is done for the victims and their family..

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PAKATAN PRECEDENTS IN MB APPOINTMENTS

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 11 April 2019

The battle royale that is shaping up in Johore over the choice of Menteri Besar may look like a tussle between the Pakatan government and the monarchy over a constitutional principle. The Prime Minister has maintained that the role of appointing the new Johor Menteri Besar lies with the party that won the election, not with the Sultan of Johor. As our constitutional monarchy goes, the PM is right of course except that since the political tsunami of 2008, Pakatan has blinked twice in this battle royale.

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DR.M LACKS LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO HUMAN RIGHTS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 6 April 2019

The Prime Minister’s reversal of the decision to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the most serious flip flop of the Pakatan Harapan Government to date and closely parallels the recent decision not to ratify the International Convention on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

The reason Dr M gave for this climb down is neither rational nor valid: He said “…the government ‘was forced’ to withdraw from ratifying the Rome Statute following the confusion created by those with political interests” even though he was aware that signing the Rome Statute was not harmful to Malaysian constitutional rights nor would it affect the country’s sovereignty:

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WOMEN WHO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 26 March 2019

The obsequious protestations by mainly male politicians over Nurul Izzah’s frank opinion about the Prime Minister in her Straits Times interview brings to mind my article last year: “Thank goodness for daughters!” (9 Jan 2018). At that time it was a breath of fresh air to read Sangeet Karpal’s critical statement on Pakatan Harapan’s endorsement of BN 2.0 with Malaysia’s infamous autocrat as their “interim Prime Minister. She also pointed out that the leaders in the opposition had remained silent in the face of Mahathir’s recent hollow “apology” over his use of the ISA during his first term as PM. Then there was Anwar Ibrahim’s other daughter, Nurul Nuha who on 14 September 2016 felt she had to uphold her family’s dignity by demanding that former PM, Dr Mahathir apologise for ‘trumped up’ charges against her father. The men currently critiquing Nurul so loudly doth protest too much…

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