KL SUMMIT GIVES HOPE TO SYIAH MINORITY IN MALAYSIA

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 20 Dec 2019

Any member of the Syiah community in Malaysia must be filled with hope to see the Iranian President on the same stage as the Malaysian Prime Minister whose keynote address stressed unity and tolerance as opposed to discrimination and oppression in the Muslim world. He said that the Muslim world also had to deal with fratricidal wars, civil wars, failed governments and many other catastrophes that have plagued the Muslim ummah and Islam without any serious effort being made to end or reduce them and to rehabilitate the religion.

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EDUCATION REPORT CARD: COULD DO MUCH BETTER!

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 14 Dec 2019

As another protest gathering of the major Chinese associations hovers over the introduction of khat calligraphy in the vernacular school curriculum, the Education Minister gleefully prides itself as the first ministry to present its “report card” for 2019, themed ‘Education for All’: “We have targeted 2019 to be a strong foundation year to ensure the country can move towards an inclusive and high-quality education system,” he said. He even prided himself with the achievement in fulfilling the promise contained in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto on the issue of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) education loans and the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)!

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AG Decision the Right Way Forward against Detention without Trial

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) welcomes the decision by the Attorney General to adhere to the findings of the High Court on the issue of Section 13 of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

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DEFENCE WHITE PAPER: DEVIL IS IN THE PROCUREMENTS

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

SUARAM is happy to see the tabling of Malaysia’s first Defence White Paper (DWP) nearly ten years after we called for one in our 2010 publication ‘Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia: From Altantuya to Zikorsky’. As the complainant in the French courts regarding the RM7 billion Scorpene submarines scandal and the whistleblower over the RM5 billion arms deal linked to the Pergau dam scandal in the early Nineties, SUARAM is especially concerned about multi-billion arms procurements at a time when we face a trillion-ringgit national debt. It must be pointed out that although Najib Razak was the defence minister at the time, these major scandals happened under the watch of Dr Mahathir.

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MALAYSIAN CIVIL SOCIETY AS THE THIRD (PROGRESSIVE) FORCE

Keynote speech by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser at the Civil Society Awards, 10 Dec 2019

Malaysia faces an existential threat of self-destruction if we do not quickly learn from the past mistakes and provide a way forward for the nation. At the GE14 just last year, we succeeded in toppling a corrupt and dysfunctional BN regime only to be quickly disillusioned by a PH government that treats their election manifesto as a useless booklet that can be ignored after the election. Malaysia’s economic growth has stagnated and the stock market has fallen which resulted in the peoples’ revolt against PH at the Tanjung Piai byelection. This is a grim reminder to all of us that if we do not act quickly to point to a way forward for the nation, we will be stuck with this BN/PH circus for the future with grave consequences for the people of this country.

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