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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HOPES FADE IN THE UEC RECOGNITION FARCE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 3 Jan 2019

There seems to be no end to the UEC recognition farce. The Prime Minister now tells us that “the recognition of UEC needs to consider the feelings of Malays.” This is after the Education Minister had set up a special committee “…to gather views on recognising the Unified Examination Certificate”. The justification for selection of the committee members was never spelled out nor were the terms of reference clear from the start. The Minister had earlier said that formal recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) will only be made “after a comprehensive and holistic study on the issue has been completed… whether the formal recognition of UEC could potentially compromise unity and harmony among Malaysians … the status of Bahasa Malaysia as the national language…”

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS DETRIMENTAL TO RACE RELATIONS?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong SUARAM Adviser 10 Dec 2018

On August 7 this year, while writing to deflate the view by the PH government that there was no money to run local government elections, I already anticipated Dr Mahathir’s statement yesterday that local government elections would be detrimental to race relations. His reasoning was that since most of the ethnic Chinese were residing in the urban areas, while a majority of the Malays were in rural areas, if local council elections were held, this would see urbanites governed by one race, while another race would be managing the rural areas.

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POLITICAL WILL, NOT CONSTITUTION, KEY TO RATIFYING ICERD

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 19 November 2018

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said that implementing the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) would entail amending the Federal Constitution, and this is an almost impossible thing to do. He pointed out that a two-thirds parliamentary majority was needed for this to happen.

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ICERD ADDRESSES DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES AND PRACTICES

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 23 Oct 2018

The current debate about whether Article 153 of our Constitution violates the International Convention on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) misses the point about Malaysia ratifying this important Convention. The vital question we need to ask is: Are we ready to face the world community and declare that we are free of racially discriminatory policies and practices?

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