PAA Amendment: Still Repressive

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is concerned with the feeble amendments to the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 that fails to fulfil Malaysian’s right to freedom of assembly.

The Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA) was one of the often-used tools by Barisan Nasional Administration in suppressing dissent. Organisers of Bersih rallies, Blackout 505, #KitaLawan, #TangkapNajib all manage to land themselves a spot in detention centres because of PAA. Activists from SUARAM and countless other NGOs continue to be harassed by investigations under PAA whenever a public assembly is organised by NGOs.

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CIVIL SERVICE DECLINE: EVIDENCE & PERCEPTION

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 2 July 2019

The response to the World Bank report that the performance of Malaysia’s civil service has been declining since 2014 has been remarkable. World Bank lead public sector specialist Rajni Bajpai said that the report decided to compare Malaysia with the OECD countries as we are hoping to move from a middle-income to that of high-income status country:

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ONLY ELECTED LOCAL COUNCILS CAN PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCANDALS

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

The Malaysian people have become totally fed-up with the performance of their local authorities all these years. Our daily newspapers abound with complaints about the many aspects of local councils’ irresponsibility and questionable activities. The inertia and non-accountability of local councils have resulted in bottlenecks, discontentment and environmental disasters which are holding back our development. Looking at examples of successful councils in the developed countries, we find that their most distinguishing features are the fact that they are elected; council meetings are open and transparent; accountability is demanded; there is participation by ratepayers, and there are established mechanisms to manage change.

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BRAVO! OUR HOME-GROWN KL CITY OPERA

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 28 June 2019

Way back in August 1984 after we had gone to watch the New York Metropolitan Opera perform ‘La Traviata’ in Kuala Lumpur, I wrote:

“(La Traviata) seemed like an intergalactic visit by a celestial star ship upon our native landscape…” (NST, 7.8.1984)

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Enforced Disappearance Task Force: Why Please Alleged Perpetrators?

SUARAM is baffled by the answers from Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad on the task force investigating into the disappearance of Amri Che Mat and Raymond Koh.

The establishment of the task force is intended to bring perpetrators that orchestrated the disappearance of these individuals to justice. The task force should comprise of independent individuals and experts that could uncover the hidden truths behind the disappearance of the two individuals and ensure justice is done for the victims and their family..

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