CREDIBILITY OF THE HOME MINISTER AT STAKE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 27 June 2019

The Minister of Home Affairs is one of the most senior officers in the Cabinet. His chief responsibility is the maintenance of our country’s internal security through the country’s large police force which is under his jurisdiction. Yet, as we glance at today’s news, we are shown the stark contradiction in the performance by the police and Home Minister. On the one hand, they claim confidence in tackling the threat of international terrorism while on the other, they continue to draw a blank when it comes to tracing Pastor Koh, Amri and Indira Gandhi’s daughter!  The Malaysian Police Force’s apparent “selective efficiency” gives us cause for serious concern.

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TIME FOR KAK WAN MOVE-OVER FOR ANWAR

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 16 June 2019

Given the way Dr Mahathir is playing games over the exact moment when Anwar is to take over the Prime Ministership, I would call upon Kak Wan to make a strategic chess move by resigning her post of Deputy PM as soon as possible since she has already said she would do so if her husband becomes PM and she does not condone nepotism in her party.

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BERSIH 2.0 and SUARAM: Condemnation of Police Brutality in Hong Kong and Call for Withdrawal of Extradition Bill – 净选盟及大马人民之声:谴责香港警察暴力及呼吁收回引渡犯罪嫌疑人法案

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemn police brutality during the peaceful protest against the extradition law amendments in Hong Kong.
According to reports and video documentation, the Hong Kong police used unnecessary and excessive force, including pepper spray, batons, fired teargas, water canon and rubber bullets on the peaceful protesters in their attempt to disperse them, causing many injuries to protesters and journalists.

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ORANG ASLI DEATHS: TIME TO HONOUR OUR ORIGINAL PEOPLE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 12 June 2019

The latest deaths of 14 Orang Asli from the Bateq tribe, the country’s last indigenous nomadic community in Kuala Koh, Kelantan, with scores more hospitalised is a tragedy Malaysians should be ashamed of. The Orang Asli are the original people of Peninsula Malaysia whose ancient ancestry in these lands qualifies them as more authentically “Bumiputera” than the “pendatangs” who came later yet claim to be exclusively Bumiputera. Nonetheless, ever since Independence, the Orang Asli have been increasingly marginalised and deprived of their rights to land and resources, poisoned by profits-seeking loggers, miners, plantation owners, dam builders and other so-called “developers”.

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AN EFFECTIVE AND INDEPENDENT MACC

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 5 June 2019

The appointment of Lateefa Koya as the head of the MACC has raised questions of her independence and effectiveness for the job, and rightly so. Corruption, as every Malaysian knows, has been the scourge of Malaysian life for decades. Thus, the selection of an independent and effective head of this Anti-Corruption Commission is of paramount importance if we are to successfully curb this obstacle to our social and economic development. Lateefa no doubt has a range of valuable skills, experience and qualities, however her political independence is sadly not one of them.

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