MALAYSIA CAN’T HOST APEC WITHOUT MAHATHIR AT THE HELM?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 2 Jan 2020

There are certain economic indicators for judging if we have attained the high-income society we aimed for in Vision 2020. Unfortunately, we have failed to make the mark despite the warnings by those who could see the impediments in the way decades ago. And we cannot simply move the goal posts like we can with other domestic policies!

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THE QUESTIONABLE IMPARTIALITY OF THE MALAYSIAN POLICE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 29 Dec 2019

The suppression of the congress of Chinese educationists over the khat issue by the Malaysian police sadly followed the same strategy we have seen repeated again and again during the last few decades. When the Prime Minister announced a few days ago, that this privately convened congress would, in his logic, lead to opposing rallies by Malay groups, it was the cue for Malay supremacists to spring into action and threaten a demonstration against this congress.

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KHAT CONTROVERSY: IS DR. M REPRISING OPS LALANG?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 23 Dec 2019

Anyone familiar with the events leading to Operation Lalang in 1987 could see from the start where this latest controversy over the introduction of khat calligraphy was leading to. And now, on cue with his mischievous 1987 script, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has once again warned the Chinese education group Dong Jiao Zong that if they carry out their protest congress on 28 December against the introduction of khat calligraphy lessons in vernacular schools, the Malay community might respond by organising its own congress demanding the shutting down of vernacular schools.

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KL SUMMIT GIVES HOPE TO SYIAH MINORITY IN MALAYSIA

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 20 Dec 2019

Any member of the Syiah community in Malaysia must be filled with hope to see the Iranian President on the same stage as the Malaysian Prime Minister whose keynote address stressed unity and tolerance as opposed to discrimination and oppression in the Muslim world. He said that the Muslim world also had to deal with fratricidal wars, civil wars, failed governments and many other catastrophes that have plagued the Muslim ummah and Islam without any serious effort being made to end or reduce them and to rehabilitate the religion.

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EDUCATION REPORT CARD: COULD DO MUCH BETTER!

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 14 Dec 2019

As another protest gathering of the major Chinese associations hovers over the introduction of khat calligraphy in the vernacular school curriculum, the Education Minister gleefully prides itself as the first ministry to present its “report card” for 2019, themed ‘Education for All’: “We have targeted 2019 to be a strong foundation year to ensure the country can move towards an inclusive and high-quality education system,” he said. He even prided himself with the achievement in fulfilling the promise contained in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto on the issue of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) education loans and the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)!

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