UEC RECOGNITION: CHINESE EDUCATION MOVEMENT PLAYED OUT BY DRM

承认统考:华教运动被老马玩弄

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

The statement by the leaders of the Chinese Education Movement that the government can take all the time in the world to recognise the UEC is irresponsible, unwise and shows they have been played out by PM Mahathir.

The PH election promise is the only new factor

The UEC has not been recognised since Dr Mahathir refused to even allow Dong Zong to hold the exam in 1975. It is clear that PH won the vast majority of the Chinese votes during GE14 mainly because among other promises, the PH manifesto and the PH leaders pledged to recognise the UEC, the school leaving certificate of the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools that has been maligned by UMNO all these years since 1975. Voters were given the impression that such recognition was part of PH’s reform in a new and inclusive Malaysia.  

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IT IS TIME MAHATHIR DIFFERENTIATES JEWS FROM ZIONISTS

By Kua Kia Soong, Director of SUARAM, 26 Jan 2019

At the outset, let me make it clear that as far as the Palestinian cause is concerned, I am on the same page as Dr Mahathir, although I cannot vouch for his consistency on all the other Non-Muslim liberation causes in the rest of the world.

What is disturbing is that through the years, we have witnessed Dr Mahathir’s deliberate refusal to make any distinction between the Jewish people and the ideology of Zionism. This has huge consequences for how our Prime Minister stands on racism and racial discrimination in our own country. Those who have followed his political career will note the continuity in his ethos and it was not unexpected that he should once again create a similar rumpus recently on the international stage by conflating Jews with Zionism.

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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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