OPPORTUNE TIME TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR ALTANTUYA

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 12 Oct 2018

First, we would like to congratulate the PH government for finally imposing a moratorium on hangings in the country with a view to abolish the death penalty in the next parliamentary seating. We have been calling for the abolition of the death penalty ever since SUARAM was founded in 1989.

There is no better time for our country to abolish the death penalty than the present predicament we face in trying to extradite Sirul, one of the convicted murderers of Altantuya from Australia. Since the Australian government cannot bring itself to return someone to Malaysia where he will be facing the death penalty, the just and reasonable thing to do is to abolish the death penalty so that this other convicted killer of Altantuya can be extradited back to face justice in our country.

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THIS LAND IS OUR LAND, NOT FOR PRIVATISATION

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 10 Oct 2018

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said the government may sell the people’s land and other “valuable assets” to private interests to pare down its debt. Such a quick fix argument is flawed and totally unacceptable. The reality is that we expect the new PH government to do the reverse and reclaim our public assets that have been privatised since the Eighties. 

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No More Excuses, Moratorium against Draconian Laws Immediately

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is appalled by the statement by Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad with regards to the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948.

The Sedition Act 1948 is a colonial heritage that has restricted freedom of expression throughout its existence and continues to harass human rights defenders and political activists today. The Barisan Nasional administration itself recognized the flawed nature of the Sedition Act 1948 and promised to repeal the Sedition Act 1948 during the 3rd Universal Periodic Review for Malaysia. While the Barisan Nasional has since retracted that position for their political interest, the spirit for the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948 did not disappear with the ‘U-turn’ by Barisan Nasional.

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ANWAR NEEDS TO REVEAL HIS NATIONAL PLAN, NOT JUST PD’S

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 1.10.2018

Now that Anwar Ibrahim’s destiny as 8th prime minister draws potentially closer with the costly PD by election, Malaysians wait with bated breath for him to reveal his vision for the country when he takes over from the current PM. So far, we have only heard his plans to “make PD great again”, promising development to the area as in any other constituency in an election.

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NEW MALAYSIA A HAVEN FOR PLASTIC WASTE?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 26.9.2018

Not content with being the eighth worst country worldwide for the production of plastic waste, we now learn that local factories are importing and recycling plastic waste from Western countries amongst others, after China had banned imports of such plastic waste. We are told there are more than 114 plastic recycling factories that are active all over Malaysia and that does not include the illegal plastic waste factories.

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