LGE CASE – ATTORNEY GENERAL’s CREDIBILITY AT STAKE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 4 Sep 2018

Civil society demands that the Attorney General’s Chamber provides a cogent explanation for its decision to drop the corruption charges against Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng. The Malaysian people had voted for a new PH government hoping for the reinstatement of a truly independent judicial system, not one that is skewed to protect the government in power.

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BUMIPUTERA CONGRESS BURSTS ‘NEW MALAYSIA’ BUBBLE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong SUARAM Adviser 3 Sept 2018

The shocking pronouncements from the Bumiputera Congress that convened last weekend constitute the biggest let-down to date since the Malaysian people voted for a “new Malaysia” with real reforms after 61 years of BN rule. The PH leaders had promised that affirmative action would be needs-based rather than race-based and concerned rights activists, economists and investors alike have called for the termination of the never-ending New Economic Policy.

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THE PRIME MINISTER’S BIZARRE APPOINTMENTS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 30 Aug 2018

Since his assumption to the PMO, Dr Mahathir’s appointments to various posts have been bizarre to say the least. The “virgin Ministers”- as the new Cabinet has been dubbed – have been so thankful to the PM for their respective appointments to the Cabinet that they have been at pains not to question the PM’s “wisdom”. The PM’s wise choices have included the appointment of a fresh graduate from his own party with hardly any work experience as the Youth and Sports Minister. Other appointments have been curiouser and curiouser and smell of political mischief rather than finding the best person for the job.

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CEP REPORT, OSA – CIVIL SOCIETY DEMANDS FULL TRANSPARENCY

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 28 Aug 2018

Civil society strongly protests the Prime Minister’s decision to keep the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) 100-day report secret simply by saying it is the government’s business. He has also announced that the Official Secrets Act 1972 will stay despite the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition’s promised revision prior to GE14. This is in total contradiction to the new government’s commitment to total transparency during the exposes of the Najib administration just after the May elections.

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BRIMMING WITH IDEAS OF WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION

Press statement by SUARAM Adviser 27 Aug 2018

The current conflicting views by the PH government regarding the BRIM handouts warrants responsible and just resolution. While the PM and his Economic Minister claim that the BRIM handouts are akin to corruption by the Najib government, the fact remains that the previous BN government’s BRIM cash handouts were actually a copy of similar cash handouts made by the Pakatan-led Penang state government after 2008. After the 2008 general election, the Penang state government prided itself on a plan to give cash handouts of 100 ringgit annually to every senior citizen aged above 60. It also introduced a scheme to wipe out hard-core poverty by ensuring that every family receives at least 500 ringgit a month. Furthermore, BRIM was said to have been the brain-child of the former Governor of Bank Negara and present adviser to the PH governor, Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz. Surely she has something to say on the subject?

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