Former UM Deputy Dean and Associate Professor joins DAP

Amongst the new members welcomed at DAP’s induction ceremony on Thursday, was Dr. Zubaidah Ibrahim, a former Deputy Dean and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics in University of Malaya.

Dr. Zubaidah has a distinguished track record, she is the Chair of the Kuala Kubu Historical Society, and co-founder and Chair of the Fraser’s Hill Community Library Association until it was handed over to the Pahang Public Library Corporation in 2018.

She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of North Sumatra, Indonesia and an Associate Faculty member of Singapore University of Social Science in the field of Translation and Applied Linguistics.

Dr. Zubaidah is joined by five other new members: Puspanathan Sevalinggam, Sharlene Tan, Mohd Feroz Bin Zainal, Muhamad Don Bin Radzuan and Tan Guan Seng.

The event which was held at Taman Tasik Kebun Serendah, saw a sizeable gathering which included a number of familiar faces from the political arena.

Leaders in attendance included Member of Parliament for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang, Kinrara State Assemblyman Ng Sze Han, Pasir Pinji State Assemblyman Howard Lee, Bandar Utama State Assemblywoman Jamaliah Jamaluddin, Kuala Kubu Bharu State Assemblywoman Lee Kee Hiong and former chairman of Persatuan Sejarah Kuala Kubu Bharu, Ahmad Termizi Bin Yaacob.

In his speech, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang shared his worries regarding the future of Malaysia in the years to come as the country has become crippled by corruption and disunity among the races.

Fortunately, he has found renewed hope that Malaysians have yet to become disengaged and uninterested in nation building.

“My visit to Serendah has been most useful, for it gives me hope that Malaysians are not indifferent to the need to save Malaysia for our children and children’s children by ensuring that Malaysia does not become failed state before Malaysia’s Centennial in another four decades” he said.

Kit Siang also reiterated his long time stance on the “Malaysian First” ideology.

“Where is the tipping point when Malaysians will regard themselves as Malaysian First, regardless of whether they are Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans or Ibans? Do we need another 30-40 years for this tipping point or can this be achieved in the next general election?”

Kit Siang’s worry for the country’s future is not unfounded. Early this year, Malaysia dropped five spots in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2021, to 62nd position out of 180 countries in terms of public sector corruption.

“What is the use of winning the 15th General Election if the Malaysia continues to regress and lose out to other countries, ending up with Malaysia becoming a failed state?

We need to have a vision for the country for the future, not just about the present day.” said Kit Siang.

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