SUARAM Human Rights Report Overview 2018

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) Human Rights report Overview 2018 is now available to the public. 2018 has been a monumental year for Malaysia. With the first change of administration in the nation’s history, the Malaysian peoples’ aspiration for change and political reform is given an opportunity to flourish.

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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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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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INTEGRITY REQUIRES MUSTAPHA TO RESIGN HIS SEAT

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 29 Oct 2018

Former Umno stalwart Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed who has just defected to Bersatu has been described as “a leader with good morals, integrity and a clean image”.

Indeed! The first thing any Member of Parliament with good morals and integrity should do after they have resigned from the coalition under which they stood during the GE14 would be to vacate their seats because they were elected based on their coalition affiliation. It was for that very reason that UMNO and Barisan Nasional were rejected at the GE14.

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SOLVING THE STATELESS PROBLEM IN 1500 YEARS?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 26 Oct 2018

In March 2018, Pakatan Harapan (PH) promised to resolve the issues surrounding stateless Indians within 100 days if it won the 14th general election. In a special pledge made for Indians as part of its election manifesto, PH said that it would resolve Indian statelessness as one of its key promises immediately after assuming federal power.

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