TIME WE HAD FRESH YOUNG GREEN DEMOCRATIC LEADERS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 12 March 2020

After the leadership fiasco of the last two years, it is amazing that the same jaded “yesterday’s men” are still being nominated as the “saviour’s of the nation”. For many progressive people in Malaysia, the most shocking news before GE14 was Pakatan Harapan’s choice of Malaysia’s infamous autocrat Dr Mahathir as their “interim Prime Minister”. Besides being a slap in the face of the Reformasi Movement that had emerged in 1998 in response to Mahathir’s sacking of Anwar Ibrahim and his 22-year autocratic rule, the appointment of the nonagenarian ex UMNO politician as their candidate for PM revealed the political bankruptcy of Pakatan Harapan. It was certainly the obverse of what they had meant by “the audacity of hope” for the nation.

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PM SHOULD TAKE OVER THE HOME MINISTRY TOO

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 12 Jan 2020

While our nonagenarian Prime Minister has proactively taken over the Education portfolio – albeit temporarily – simply because he sees that the minister concerned had to be removed and important reforms need to be implemented, may we suggest he does the same with the Home Ministry? For while education concerns the application of so called “soft skills” that take time to come to fruition, the failings of the Home Ministry concern questions of life and death of human beings and the fundamental liberties of Malaysians. Therefore, we propose that our talented PM also considers taking over the Home Ministry temporarily in order to clear these rather pressing issues that confound the Malaysian public. After all, he was also Home Minister during Operation Lalang in 1987.

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