SEMENYIH: DRM WAS THE WORST ELECTION OFFENDER

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 4 Mar 2019

Election watchdog Bersih has filed four police reports against Pakatan Harapan and BN relating to the setting up of “pondok panas” (campaign booths) at one polling station, canvassing for votes at four polling stations and party members as well as supporters loitering around polling stations. These offences are violations of the Election Offences Act 1954. Kudos to Bersih for their meticulous monitoring of the Semenyih byelection. It remains to be seen how the Election Commission deals with these alleged offences and what penalties will be meted out to the offenders. Nonetheless, Bersih seems to have missed the biggest election offence of all during the Semenyih by-election.

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MEANS TEST THE EMPLOYERS, HANDS OFF MINIMUM WAGE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 28 Feb 2019

The proposal by Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran to set a minimum wage structure for different industries because, according to him, the current rate of RM1,100 is too high for some sectors makes nonsense of the purpose of institutionalising minimum wages. The minister should go back to learning his Minimum Wage 101.

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UEC RECOGNITION: CHINESE EDUCATION MOVEMENT PLAYED OUT BY DRM

承认统考:华教运动被老马玩弄

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 26 Feb 2019

The statement by the leaders of the Chinese Education Movement that the government can take all the time in the world to recognise the UEC is irresponsible, unwise and shows they have been played out by PM Mahathir.

The PH election promise is the only new factor

The UEC has not been recognised since Dr Mahathir refused to even allow Dong Zong to hold the exam in 1975. It is clear that PH won the vast majority of the Chinese votes during GE14 mainly because among other promises, the PH manifesto and the PH leaders pledged to recognise the UEC, the school leaving certificate of the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools that has been maligned by UMNO all these years since 1975. Voters were given the impression that such recognition was part of PH’s reform in a new and inclusive Malaysia.  

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Intimidation against RTM by Press Secretary Unwarranted and Detrimental to Media Freedom

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) welcomes the direction adopted by Minister for Communication and Multimedia, YB Gobind Singh on the complaints surrounding the failure to air minister speeches by RTM.

In the past, the public’s trust in RTM and its contents were eroded due to decades of political patronage and biasedness towards the political power of the day. If RTM were to regain public trust and serve the needs of all Malaysians, it must be allowed to operate independently and be free from all political interference by the executive. 

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CORRUPTION IN PAKATAN’S POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 19 Feb 2019

Pakatan Harapan rode to power in GE14 on a groundswell of disgust that Malaysians felt against the blatant scale of corruption committed by the former BN regime. While PH targeted Najib and the 1MDB scandal in their campaign strategy, the coalition was fully aware of the fact that corruption extends beyond bare-faced kleptocracy. That is why the PH manifesto in GE14 decried the patronage practised by BN in appointing politicians and their partisans in state institutions. It is time Malaysians take a stand on these facets of corruption in our institutions for if we don’t, we will find our country is forever doomed to an age of mediocrity.

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