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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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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