TASK FORCES, COMMITTEES ARE MERE PROCRASTINATION

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 17 Aug 2019

Despite our bloated civil service that continues to bleed our annual budget dry, the new PH government continues to procrastinate solving the nation’s problems by forming new committees, task forces, advisers, all of which will further bleed the national coffers.

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PH – ONE YEAR OF FALSE HOPES

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 9 May 2019

After a year of Pakatan Harapan rule, the euphoria that followed the May 9 general election is rapidly evaporating: The anti-kleptocracy campaign appears to have been selective as crony capitalism is again the name of the game especially with regard to the mega projects up for grabs and Mahathir’s penchant for privatisation holding sway. Behind the anti-Najib drama, the PH government has been pushing through multi-billion-ringgit projects that had been started by the Najib regime but with just as little transparency. The procrastination in the implementation of urgent reforms promised in the PH GE14 manifesto is unacceptable. There have been engagements with civil society but no improvement in promised reform of repressive laws. The refusal to release the CEP report to which civil society had contributed is especially inexcusable.

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ENOUGH DISTRACTIONS PH, SHOW US YOUR NEW PLAN

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

Since their victory at the last elections, PH has been feeding us an endless stream of distractions while not providing us an alternative political economic and socio-cultural plan that is different from BN’s. First, they put forward the mythical 1 trillion debt mountain that was used as an excuse to cut public expenditure. Well, Moody’s 2018 figures for Malaysia’s debt put it at 50.8% of our GDP and not the 85% claimed by the government. Then they continue to bash the last Prime Minister even though the big kleptocrat is already in the hands of the AG Chambers and the courts. And with the MCA reduced to just one MP in Parliament, why are they being treated as if they pose such a threat to PH?

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WHEN IS IT EVER TIME FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN MALAYSIA?

Speech by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser at the launch of SUARAM’s Human Rights Overview Report 2018

On this Human Rights Day 2018, SUARAM asks: When will the time ever be ripe for human rights to be realised in Malaysia? Here, we pose six specific human rights questions to the new PH government which since coming to power on May 9th is developing a reputation for flip flopping over basic human rights issues. Such issues include failure to: ratify ICERD; bring back elected local government; redistribute wealth; regulate developers; commit to sustainable development and to have an accountable and effective police force. SUARAM’s Human Rights Report Overview for 2018 further calls for the abolition of detention-without-trial laws, the death penalty, the Sedition Act and the UUCA and other human rights violations that the PH government has found too convenient to use like their BN predecessors. The time never seems to be ripe for realising human rights in Malaysia…

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