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26Jan
2017

Reframing our discourse: Three questions for Malaysians

Chinese New Year message by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang, Liew Chin Tong in Kluang on 26th January 2017 If we want to see the end of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s kleptocracy, corrupt practices, and abuse of power, merely expressing the feelings of discontentment and dissatisfaction will not be enough. When Najib divides the people, we must aim to re-frame the discourse to transcend existing cleavages, and to unite Malaysians for a common destiny. Here are some of the issues that come to mind which I hope will be food for thought for all Malaysians during these Chinese New Year holidays:- First, is Najib just another corrupt leader? In the recent decades, Malaysians have seen so much corruption (including some glaring ones during the tenure of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad) that many seem to think that Najib is but another such leader. It was painful to see DAP Parliamentary Leader Lim Kit Siang being unfairly attacked for suggesting that if PAS President Hadi Awang, MCA President Liow Tiong Lai and Gerakan President Mah Siew Keong were prepared to make the investigation of the global kleptocracy charge the national priority, there will be plenty of room for […]

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23Jan
2017

Towards a Malaysia without Umno

By Izmil Amri (translated from an article first published on Roketkini) Middle-aged, stocky, with moustaches that bristle — the group of Malay men who approached DAP Parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang at a night-time teh tarik session in Gombak recently could be said to be shy, almost sheepish, as they welcomed the arrival of the long-time DAP stalwart.  They had red t-shirts on, with the traditional Malay songkok perched high on their heads, a remnant of their identity as former Umno members —but the fiery colour of their clothes no longer reflect their feelings toward Lim, who have long been viewed as their arch-nemesis. In fact, as the veteran opposition leader arrived, their manner was warm; their previously-held beliefs that Lim is communist, anti-Malay, anti-Islam, and a Chinese chauvinist left behind.  This is the courage it takes to pave the way for renewed unity, and that night — a session organised by the DAP but jointly-held with the new Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, led by former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad — it appeared that the old guards and old ways of Umno are slowly being shed. Are the blinkers being removed from Malay eyes? Those who attended the event […]

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18Jan
2017

Malapportionment made worse with EC’s redelineation, says analyst

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18: The imbalance of voter numbers in the upcoming polls will be made worse with the Election Commissions’ proposed redelineation exercise, an analyst has said. In a report by The Malay Mail Online, political and social analyst Dr Wong Chin Huat warned that the redelineation, due this year, will “sustain malapportionment in constituents nationwide and may even make it worse.” Malapportionment, with gerrymandering, are two vote manipulation tactics often employed to swing the favour of the polls to one party, usually the ruling party. Malapportionment usually involves redrawing electoral boundaries in such a way that there is over or under-representation in selected constituencies, both which creates lopsided and unequal ‘weightage’ of each individual vote. This means that voters in a parliamentary constituency which has 100,000 voters for one seat in the legislative assembly is under-represented, with a much diminished vote weightage compared to voters in a constituency with 10,000 voters, which are over-represented and have greater vote weightage. While the EC is allowed to give extra ‘weight’ to rural votes, the difference cannot be so great as to be completely unjust. Wong said, 36 parliamentary seats and 87 state seats nationwide were malapportioned with either over or […]

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18Jan
2017

DAP moots parliamentary bureau for its MPs on Felda

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18: The DAP has formed a parliamentary bureau to help its elected representatives champion the cause of Felda settlers. DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang in a statement said, the DAP formed the bureau to support its MPs in making sure that Felda settlers do not become victims of bad decisions, especially in the light of Felda’s recent controversial and some say, reckless decisions. The bureau is led by DAP Raub MP Mohamad Ariff Sabri, and its deputy chair is Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua. Other members of the bureau are Kasthuri Patto (MP for Batu Kawan); Tengku Zulpuri Puji (Pahang Assemblyman for Mentakab); Lee Kee Hiong (Selangor Assemblywoman for Kuala Kubu Baru). “The appointment of Shahrir Samad as the new Felda Chairman has not alleviated the concerns and even worries of the Felda settlers that their legitimate rights and interests and properly safeguarded and protected,” he said. Yesterday, it was reported that Felda is selling its stake in Maybank to raise RM280 million, in addition to disposing of its overseas assets.  Lim said, it is the height of irony that Shahrir’s appointment as chairman has led to more turbulence. “Shahrir’s appointment as Felda Chairman has […]

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13Jan
2017

Investments from China: Malaysia can afford to be – and should be – choosy

By Liew Chin Tong, DAP Political Education Director Investments from China is now a hotly debated subject after Chinese state-owned entities bailed out 1MDB, and in the wake of the mega deals announced during Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to China in November 2016. Broadly, we welcome China’s investments, just like we welcome investments from any other country as long as they are aligned with Malaysia’s national interests. Of course, what our national interests are is another matter for debate. In recent weeks, attempts have been made to portray the UMNO-Barisan National Government as the party that is “pro-investments”, with MCA acting as if it were an agent of China Inc., while the opposition is denounced as being anti-Chinese investment. The actual difference between the two is something else. While the UMNO-BN Government prefers blanket and free-for-all investments from China, the opposition is calling for caution and emphasises the need to be selective in these deals. Those who defend blanket and free-for-all acceptance of China’s investments expectedly argue that Malaysia does not really have much choice if it desires Chinese funds to rekindle the sluggish and slow economy. But throwing caution to the wind when scrutinising foreign investments, wherever they […]

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12Jan
2017

Despite millions allocated, road to Orang Asli villages still a muddy mess

By Fatih Hassan Nordin CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Jan 12, 2017: The millions allocated by the Federal Government for rebuilding key roads into rural Orang Asli villages seem to have come up empty, as the roads remain a muddy mess even after 5 years.  A visit by Impian Malaysia and Roketkini found that the 29km long road between Pos Betau and Post Lenjang was riddled with holes, puddles, and mud, while any stretch of road that had been tarred previously were in bad shape. In 2011, Umno mouthpiece Utusan had reported that the government allocated RM19 million to build tarred roads connecting 14 villages in the area. It also reported that RM6 million had been allocated to upgrade 15km of roads in Pos Lenjang. And, despite the RM25 million already allocated, last August saw Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announcing that RM15 million more would be allocated for new roads from Pos Betau to Pos Lenjang. The condition of the roads as witnessed by Roketkini then begs the question: Where did all those millions go? Bad roads a threat to safety and security of villagers According to the Tok Batin of Kampung Dayok, Kamal Bah Lepin, the terrible condition of the roads […]

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11Jan
2017

Sarawak CM passes away

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11, 2017: Sarawak chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has passed away, aged 72. Adenan became the fifth chief minister on Feb 28, 2014, replacing Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, and was a popular and highly-respected leader. DAP MPs took to social media in an immediate response to Adenan’s passing. Sibu MP Oscar Ling tweeted “Deepest condolences to CM’s family.” Lanang MP Alice Lau posted on her Facebook page: “RIP Tok Nan…. You’ll be missed. Deepest condolences to the family of CM #adenansatem and all Sarawakians.” Stampin MP Julian Tan tweeted: “Our deepest condolences to Sarawak Chief Minister’s family.” DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang, on Twitter: “Al-fatihah TS Adenan Satem. Deepest condolences to bereaved family. Malaysia and Sarawak have lost great visionary leader.” DAP Political Education Director Liew Chin Tong posted on his Facebook page: “I am shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely demise of Sarawak Chief Minister Adenam Satem at 1.30pm this afternoon. The Sarawak regional pride that he had inspired under his leadership and his candid style made him an unusual politician in an unusual time. “His passing is indeed a political earthquake which will have national ramifications. We can expect to see […]

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11Jan
2017

Benevolent corporate, or reckless spender? DAP’s Pua asks 1MDB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11, 2017: The RM690million apparently spent on “worthy causes” by the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is reckless spending, and not benevolent charity, a DAP lawmaker today said. DAP Publicity chief Tony Pua in a statement said, 1MDB’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, ostensibly executed from the company’s profits is mere pretence, since 1MDB has not made profits from its businesses past or present. “1MDB wasn’t executing its CSR programmes from its cash pile arising from the company’s profits.  Instead, 1MDB was pretending to be a big profitable company, spending big on CSR via its mega-borrowings which it is now unable to service,” Pua, who is also Petaling Jaya Utara MP, said. He was responding to 1MDB’s announcement that since 2010, its foundation has spent RM690 million into “worthy causes” which had benefited 2.8 million Malaysians through 60 projects in education, healthcare, youth development and community services. The examples given by 1MDB of these worthy causes include the Dana PIBG grants, academic grants, as well as Dana Belia 1Malaysia and 1Malaysia Mobile Clinics. The beleaguered company also emphasised that its funds were generated from “its legitimate business operations, formerly in energy production and more recently, in real […]

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5Jan
2017

Economic déjà vu as ringgit plummets

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 5: The plummeting value of the ringgit is like a case of déjà vu, with continued depreciation despite rising crude oil prices and so-called ‘fairly strong export growth’, a DAP lawmaker said today. DAP Publicity chief Tony Pua in a statement today said the ringgit’s depreciation has continued despite pundits predicting its recovery for the past three years. “Most pundits are telling us that the ringgit is undervalued and will recover by the second half of this year.  PublicInvest Research said the ringgit will recover to average between 4.10 and 4.15 for 2015 against the US Dollar, which is currently trading at 4.48. “(Prime Minister) Najib Abdul Razak would similarly like you to believe that the ringgit will recover. But didn’t they all say the same thing last year?  Or for the that matter, the year before?” said Pua. Najib in December had said that the government is confident that the ringgit will recover, as it is due to speculation by outsiders and the uncertainties in the United States that the ringgit dropped, and not because the ringgit is weak. “The Prime Minister also told us way back in January 2015 that the ringgit will bounce back from […]

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3Jan
2017

“My political struggles are an open book”: Kit Siang

After 5 decades in politics, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has seen and heard it all — from being accused of being a communist to being pinned with the blame for the race riots of May 13, 1969, he has been the target of attack numerous times. Yet his political struggle has always been an open book. In a heartfelt and revealing article he penned recently, he takes on the accusations levelled against him in his stride, confronting them head-on. “I have been in politics for 51 years. I have never operated underground.  The country’s Special Branch, which is one of the best of its kind in the world, having been trained  by the British and which had the unique distinction of being the only intelligence apparatus in the world to have beaten the communists in a war for the “hearts and minds” of the people, knows that my political struggle is an open book as I had never engaged in any below-ground subterranean activities. I have written and spoken almost daily in the past 51 years of my political struggle for an united, democratic and most just Malaysia, and every word is on public record. Assuming an average […]

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