Malaysians wake up today to shame and infamy for Malaysia has sunk lowest in 23 years in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2017 – at which rate, China and Indonesia will overtake Malaysia in eight and 14 years’ time respectively

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Malaysians wake up today in shame for in the world release of Transparency International (TI) annual scorecard of Corruption Perception Index (CPI) in the early hours this morning, Malaysia has reached the lowest ranking in 23 years – No. 62 out of 180 countries.

The history of the 23-year annual Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 1995-2017 shows that Malaysia had stagnated and even regressed in integrity and principles of accountability and good governance in the past two decades as compared to some countries, like China and Indonesia, which had made significant improvements with steady strides.

In the first year of TI CPI in 1995, which listed only 41 countries, Malaysia was ranked in the middling position of No. 23 with a score above the midpoint – i.e. 5.28 in a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean).
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Najib arming himself with two new weapons for the 14th General Elections

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, is arming himself with two new weapons for the 14th General Elections – fake news and corruption.

Najib and the UMNO/Barisan Nasional coalition are the worst culprits in concocting and peddling fake news and false information, but the UMNO/BN strategists and propagandists want to weaponise the fake news issues with new legislation and mechanism purportedly to combat fake news, but whose real purpose is to harass and persecute Pakatan Harapan leaders and supporters over fake news allegations while giving the UMNO/BN leaders and supporters immunity and impunity for the fake news they concoct and disseminate against Pakatan Harapan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fahmi Reza’s shocking conviction and sentences a warning of the darkness that will descend on the country if there is no change of Federal Government in Putrajaya in 14GE to Save Malaysia

The shocking conviction and sentences of graphic designer Fahmi Reza to one month jail and RM30,000 fine for insulting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with a clown face caricature posted on Facebook is a warning of the darkness that will descend on the country if there is no change of Federal Government in Putrajaya in the 14th General Election to Save Malaysia by re-setting nation-building policies and directions.

I fully agree with legal experts who view the conviction and sentence as absurd, undemocratic and totally unacceptable.

The Ipoh Sessions Court decision to convict and impose the ridiculous sentences on Fahmi should raise alarm bells not only about the state of human rights and democracy in Malaysia today, but what Malaysia would be like if Najib succeeds in getting re-elected as Prime Minister of Malaysia, or even worse, if the UMNO/Barisan Nasional returns to Parliament with a two-thirds majority. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Pakatan Harapan Government in Putrajaya will draft and implement a National Integrity Masterplan with civil society to ensure that Malaysia will be one of the leading nations in Asia for integrity, good governance and fight against corruption instead of becoming a global kleptocracy

Tomorrow Transparency International (TI) will release its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2017, an event all Malaysians dread for Malaysia had been sliding down both in ranking and score in the last two decades since TI’s introduction of the annual CPI in 1995.

There are no signs in the past year that there is the political will to fight corruption, particularly grand corruption, in Malaysia, as represented by the continued government clamp-down of reports and denial of the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal, which has given Malaysia the infamy and ignominy of a global kleptocracy.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad has recently disappeared from public view, which is an indication of the parlous state of anti-corruption battle in Malaysia.

Equally conspicuous is the inability of the MACC to explain why Malaysia has become a global kleptocracy and what the MACC is doing to cleanse or purge Malaysia of this international infamy and ignomy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Liow Tiong Lai should revisit his “Citizens” National Day Video and reaffirm that provided voters, including MCA members, follow their conscience in pursuit of Malaysian Dream, he does not mind which political party they support

I am surprised that after the MCA Deputy President, Datuk Wee Ka Siong’s self-directed and self-acted “drama” alleging the possibility of DAP Secretary-General and Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng contesting against him for the Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat in Johor, the MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai also craved the limelight and produced his own self-directed and self-acted “drama” that I was going to contest against him in Bentong parliamentary seat in the 14th General Election.

Guan Eng accused Wee of being dishonest, reminded him to stop lying, as this was only the fourth day of the Chinese New Year.

Guan Eng asked Wee not to use him (Guan Eng) to promote himself, and asked when he (Guan Eng) ever said that he would contest in Ayer Hitam. Read the rest of this entry »

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Parliament next month must address the nation’s infamy and ignominy as a “global kleptocracy” and cannot continue to pretend that the 1MDB scandal does not exist

Parliament next month must address the nation’s infamy and ignominy as a “global kleptocracy” as Members of Parliament, regardless of political party, cannot continue to pretend that the 1MDB scandal does not exist.

Parliament is entitled to a full explanation from the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, as to why the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has fallen from his predecessor Tun Abdullah Badawi’s promise that it will be Malaysia’s ICAC (Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption) as it has instead become a new laughing stock of the world as a blatant political pawn to harass the Prime Minister’s critics and opponents. Read the rest of this entry »

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Three reasons why Najib and Hadi’s joint propaganda campaign of fake news and false information that DAP is the “devil” and that the Malays and Muslims are under siege in the 14GE would be proven wrong

There are three reasons why the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s joint propaganda campaign of fake news and false information that the DAP is the “devil” and that the Malays and Muslims are under siege in the 14th General Election would be proven wrong.

Firstly, the demonization of DAP as anti-Malay and anti-Muslim has passed its zenith.

It is the most disgraceful fake news and false information manufactured in the history of Malaysian politics indulged by those who wanted to perpetuate their political power at the price of a peaceful, harmonious, united, progressive and prosperous multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-lingual and multi-cultural Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can the MCMC guarantee that the new law with 10-fold hike in penalties for “fake news” would be used against both “sharks” and “ikan bilis” in government including Prime Minister Najib and not just against dissent?

The MCMC chief operating officer, Mazlan Ismail has suggested that the current punishments under Section 233(1) of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) be increased ten-fold from RM50,000 and one year’s jail sentence to RM500,000 and 10 years’ jail sentence.

Can the MCMC guarantee that such a law with 10-fold increase in penalties will be used fairly and impartially against all, regardless of their office or political affiliation, including the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers?

What is the use of proposing such a ten-fold increase if the MCMC cannot give a guarantee that nobody would be spared if guilty of concocting and peddling fake news and false information, including the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers? Read the rest of this entry »

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Only a change of Federal Government in Putrajaya can Malaysia stop the tide of corruption in Malaysia

In South Africa, 56 million people in the world’s 24th most populous nation are waiting for a new dawn after the forced resignation of Jacob Zuma as South African President after a tenure marked by corruption scandals.

The new President, Cyril Ramaphosa in his first state of the nation address on Friday, said it’s time for South Africans to put discord behind them and that the country will “turn the tide” on corruption in state institutions.

Time will tell whether Ramaphosa can fulfil his promise to end systematic corruption, the alarming economic decline and a steady descent into deep state dysfunction and demonstrate South Africa’s legendary capacity to pull off a comeback at five minutes to midnight. Read the rest of this entry »

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When would a Malaysian woman do Malaysia proud, in the way that Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has done Indonesia proud in receiving the Best Minister Award at World Government Summit on Sunday?

When would a Malaysian woman do Malaysia proud, in the way that Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indfrawati has done Indonesia proud in receiving the Best Minister Award at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday.

Sri Mulyani was credited with achieving “tangible results in reducing poverty, improving the standard of living, reducing public debt and boosting the transparency of public institutions” as Indonesia’s Finance Minister since 2016 under President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

She was also recognised for her efforts to “fight corruption and increase transparency in government.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Challenge to Najib to issue White Paper to enumerate the 1MDB allegations which PAC, Police, MACC and Bank Negara had cleared him!

It is not just AMANAH Youth Deputy Chief Faiz Faisal who is shocked by the Court of Appeal decision that it has taken judicial notice that the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, had been cleared by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), police, MACC and Bank Negara with regard to allegations on the 1MDB scandal.

All right-thinking and fair-minded Malaysians are also shocked, particularly by the claim that the PAC, the Police, the MACC and Bank Negara have cleared Najib of the allegations on the 1MDB scandal.

As a Member of Parliament, I am utterly shocked by such a “judicial notice”. How can the courts give “judicial notice” to things that don’t exist? Read the rest of this entry »

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MCA confident of winning big in 14GE but MCA Leadership’s Chinese New Year video unable to get the viewership of Teresa Kok’s fifth Chinese New Year video

The MCA leadership is confident of winning big in the forthcoming 14th General Election, which may be held after the Chinese New Year but definitely within the 75-day window from March to mid-May.

Whether the MCA will win big in 14GE will be known on Polling Day, but what is immediately known is that the MCA leadership’s Chinese New Year video featuring the MCA President, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Deputy President Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong and MCA Secretary-General Datuk Ong Ka Chuan – all three Cabinet Ministers – as well as the entire MCA national leadership is unable to garner the viewership of DAP Deputy Secretary-General and MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok’s fifth annual Chinese New Year video. Read the rest of this entry »

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Opening of the Malaysian mind that regardless of race, religion or region we are all Malaysians guided by the motto “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”

It was another Chinese New Year in February ten years ago which paved the way for a political tsunami in urban Malaysia, which caught most Malaysians by surprise.

I recall that in my 2008 Chinese New Year Message, I urged Malaysian Chinese together with all Malaysians to usher in political change to remedy our failure to be a world-class nation, whether in terms of parliamentary democracy, rule of law, educational excellence, international competitiveness, efficient and incorruptible public service, low crime, quality of life, and to end the shameful situation where other countries like Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea overtake us in progress and development, with Malaysia in peril of being left behind by others like Thailand, Vietnam and even Indonesia.

In 2008, very few believed that denial of two-thirds parliamentary majority to UMNO/BN rule was a realistic or achievable target – but in the 2008 and 2013 General Elections, UMNO/BN lost their “unloseable” two-thirds parliamentary majority while losing state governments in five states, viz Penang, Perak, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib caught on the horns of a dilemma – to call for 14GE before or after the proposed unprecedented opening of the sixth session of the 13th Parliament by Yang di Pertuan Agong on March 5

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak is caught on the horns of a dilemma – whether to call for the 14th General Election before or after the proposed unprecedented opening of the sixth session of the 13th Parliament by the Yang di Pertuan Agong on March 5.

UMNO/BN leaders are getting increasingly panicky at the growing possibility that they may be ousted from Putrajaya, effecting the first change of Federal Government in the nation’s 61year-history.

It is not only UMNO/BN leaders who are guessing as to when Parliament will be dissolved for the 14th General Election to be held, I believe Najib himself does not know and is daily agonizing over the decision.

Although Najib is projecting a confident self, even claiming that UMNO/BN can regain two-thirds parliamentary majority in the 14GE, he is daily agonizing over the question as to when he should dissolve Parliament for the 14th General Election, although the window for the 14GE has been narrowed to 75 days from March to mid-May.

Should Najib dissolve Parliament before the unprecedented opening of the sixth session of the 13th Parliament by the Yang di Pertuan Agong on 5th March for a 20-sitting parliamentary meeting till April 5? Read the rest of this entry »

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How pitiable and pathetic – MCA leaders appealing to the Chinese community for SOS against a fictitious DAP plot to “destroy” MCA

How pitiable and pathetic – MCA leaders appealing to the Chinese community for SOS against a fictitious DAP plot to “destroy” MCA.

This is a most desperate move of the MCA leadership to beg for Chinese support as their attempt to appeal for Chinese votes for the forthcoming 14th General Elections.

I was surprised to read the headline of the exclusive interview of the MCA Deputy President, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong in the front-page Sin Chew Daily today: “Wee Ka Siong: Beg Chinese community not to let MCA be destroyed”.

It has never been the intention of the DAP since our formation in 1966 to “destroy” the MCA, just as it is not our intention to destroy UMNO, Gerakan, MIC or any other political party, but to challenge these parties to better represent the best citizenship interests of Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region.

If Kuomintang of Taiwan, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan and the Indian National Congress can make a political comeback in their respective countries after being ousted from their governmental positions, why can’t MCA or UMNO for that matter do the same after they are defeated in the forthcoming general election? Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan leadership to make a commitment to conduct fair, clean and honest politics, including not peddling fake news or disrupting activities of opposing political parties

I find the explanation of the UMNO/BN MP for Johor Baru, Tan Sri Shahrir Samad to the latest blackmark to Malaysian democracy, the disruption of the visit of Pakatan Harapan leaders to Kampong Bakar Batu in Johor Baru on Saturday night, to be most lame, pathetic and disappointing.

Is “kampong customs” all that Shahrir can say to defend the rude and thuggish behavior of UMNO members who disrupted the Pakatan Harapan programme, which involved the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Johor Secretary and former three-term Johore State Assemblyman for Kempas, Datuk Osman Sapian, the PKR Johor Information Chief, Akmal Nasir, AMANAH Johore Baru deputy chairman Muadz Jamaluddin, two DAP Johore State Assemblyman namely Andrew Chen Kah Eng (Stulang) and Cheo Yee How (Pengkalan Rinting) and myself?

Can Shahrir explain what are these “kampong customs” which justify rude and thuggish behavior against the peaceful and democratic political visit of Pakatan Harapan leaders?

What is even shocking is the fake news that was immediately manufactured and peddled on Whatsapp yesterday by UMNO cybertroopers who accused Andrew Chen of attacking the Kampong Bakar Batu Malays as “sangat biadap dan kurang ajar” for the incident, when Andrew Chen had never said such things.

I call on both the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan leaderships to make a commitment to conduct fair, clean and honest politics, including not peddling fake news or disrupting activities of opposing political parties. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Malaysia join the ranks of South Korea, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Pakistan whose leaders are jailed for corruption after they have fallen from power?

Last Wednesday’s conviction and 30-month jail sentence passed on PKR Vice President and MP for Pandan, Rafizi Ramli and former Public Bank clerk Johari Mohamad have brought back to the national limelight one of the host of financial scandals in Malaysia which the authorities had hoped had been successfully been swept under the carpet – the RM250 million National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) cow-and-condo scandal.

As a result, the RM250 million NFC cow-and-condo scandal, together with Rafizi’s conviction and jail sentence, will take their rightful place together with other financial scandals, like the world-trotting 1MDB financial scandal, the MARA, FELDA, Tabung Haji and other financial scandals, in the forefront of issues in the forthcoming 14th General Election to be held within the next 90 days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shahrir should state his stand on the disruption of the Pakatan Harapan programme in Kg Bakar Batu in Johor Baru last night

It is most regrettable that a Pakatan Harapan programme in Kampong Bakar Batu in the Johor Baru parliamentary constituency last night for the DAP State Assemblyman for Stulang, Andrew Chen Kah Eng, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Johor Secretary and former three-term Assemblyman for Kempas, Datuk Osman Sapian, and the PKR Johor Information Chief, Akmal Nasir, AMANAH Johore Baru deputy chairman Muadz Jamaluddin and myself to meet and dialogue with the people in the area had been disrupted and cancelled.

If this had happened 50 and 60 years ago, it would not have been surprising.

But for such a regrettable event to happen 61 years after the achievement of Merdeka in 1957 and thirteen General Elections had been held in Malaysia shows that to some people in the country, the spirit and commitment to parliamentary democracy is very skin deep. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Pakatan Harapan victory in the 14th General Election will open wide the mystery of the 1MDB scandal which Najib had been trying his utmost to dismiss as non-existent and a fake news

The Pakatan Harapan victory in the 14th General Election expected to be held in 90 days will launch Malaysia into new waters, one of which will be to open wide the mystery of the 1MDB scandal which the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak had trying his utmost as the top government leader to dismiss as non-existent and a fake news.

Many countries in the world have been investigating the 1MDB scandal and several people implicated in the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal had been convicted and even jailed as in Singapore; several banks and finance companies including quite prestigious and long-standing financial institutions had been closed down or heavily fined as in Singapore and Switzerland; and worst of all, the largest kleptocratic forfeiture litigation amounting to nearly US$2 billion had been launched by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ), described as the “world’s worst kleptocracy” by the United States Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, resulting in Malaysia pelted with the ignominy and infamy of being regarded worldwide as a global kleptocracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib has not yet called general elections because he is not confident UMNO/BN will be re-elected despite the mountain of fake news and false information UMNO/BN had spread about Pakatan Harapan

Despite the outward show of confidence, the fact is that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has not yet called general elections because he is not confident that UMNO/Barisan Nasional will be re-elected as the Federal Government despite the mountain of fake news and false information which UMNO/BN had spread about Pakatan Harapan.

The stakes for Najib are unbearably high, for if he loses the general election, he will not only lose the Prime Ministership, the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB kleptocratic money-laundering scandal which had been swept under the carpet will be exposed to intense national and international scrutiny, with all the attendant consequences.

Today Najib has come to northern Johore, for he knows that Johor, which had been a fixed deposit state for the ruling coalition over half a century until the 13th General Election, will be a critical state to determine whether he could be returned to Putrajaya as Prime Minister in the next general election.

If Najib had called for national election after the Sarawak state general election in April 2016, or after the two Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-elections in June 2016, or even last year, the chances of Najib winning the 14th General Election would have been quite high

But Najib has missed the opportunity in his procrastination in calling for general elections in 2016 or 2017.

Najib is hoping that the gerrymandering from the redelineation of electoral constituencies would provide him with a sure formula for UMNO/BN to be returned to Putrajaya, even with a two-thirds parliamentary majority which UMNO/BN had lost in the last two general elections in 2008 and 2013.

But if there is a political tsunami, not only in the urban areas but also in the rural and Felda areas, then the redelineation of constituencies is not going to save Najib.

Najib is presenting a very bold front of being very optimistic about the next general elections, to camouflage the quaking he is feeling about the uncertain prospects for him and UMNO/BN in the next general election.

In Muar today, Najib talked about the need for a party that was strong on its own and not relying on parties that depended on other parties.

Was Najib referring to the other Barisan Nasional component parties, like MCA, MIC ad Gerakan?

In the Pakatan Harapan, all the four component parties of DAP, PKR, AMANAH and PPBM have their own respective strengths, and it is from the unity and solidarity of the four parties in Pakatan Harapan that we hope to create history by evicting the UMNO/BN coalition from Putrajaya for the first time in 61 years in Malaysia.

It is very different however from the other Barisan Nasional component parties.

For instance, all the three most important leaders of MCA depend on UMNO’s votes to get elected as MP and then to become a Minister, raising the question whether MCA is representing the Chinese in Barisan Nasional or whether they are representing UMNO to the Malaysian Chinese?

In Bentong, the parliamentary constituency of the MCA President and Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the single biggest ethnic bloc of voters are the 46.1% Malay voters, as Chinese voters represent 42.4%, Indians 9.0% and Others 2.5%.

In Ayer Hitam, the parliamentary constituency of MCA Deputy President and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, the largest ethnic group of voters are the 57.6% Malay voters, with the Chinese 38.3%; Indians 3.9% and Others 0.2%.

In Tanjong Malim, the parliamentary constituency of the MCA Secretary-General and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Datuk Ong Ka Chuan, the largest ethnic group of voters are again the Malays 55.4% with Chinese 25.8%, Indians 13.2% and Orang Asli 5.6%.

In fact, in Malay voters represent the largest ethnic group in

six of the seven parliamentary constituencies won by MCA in the 13th General Election.

As MCA fits the bill of Najib’s attack in Muar, can the Prime Minister explain why he is assaulting the MCA?

In his speech in Muar, Najib called for the people to support UNNO/BN to support a progressive Malaysia.

Ifi Najib is genuine in wanting a progressive Malaysia, then let him do two things immediately:

(i) Ensure that PKR Vice President and MP for Pandan Rafizi Ramli is not jailed or disqualified as a Member of Parliament for doing a national service for exposing the RM250 million National Feedlot Corportion (NFC) scandal; and

(ii) Cleanse Malaysia of the international obloquy of being a global kleptocracy in the past three years, and clean up the Augean stable of corruption affecting Felda, MARA, Tabung Haji and other government outfits.

Najib has achieved what five former Prime Ministers in more than half a century had failed to do – made the stratospheric ascent to become known as a global kleptocracy, with all the infamy and ignominy of the appellation.

This is very sad, as yesterday was the birthday anniversary of Bapa Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman who, like Datuk Onn, Tun Razak, Tun Hussein, Tun Mahathir and I believe Tun Abdullah, would never have conceived that Malaysia would suffer the shame and humiliation of being regarded worldwide as a global kleptocracy.

Furthermore, never before in Malaysian history have so many people’s representatives whether Members of Parliament or State Assembly members been harassed and hounded, including being selectively prosecuted in the courts under the variety of repressive and undemocratic laws to take away their liberties as well as to remove them from the legislative chambers in the land.

Even 93-year-old Tun Siti Hasmah, wife of former premier Tun Mahathir, was not spared.

I fully agree with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that the sentencing of Rafizi Ramli to 30 months’ jail for blowing the whistle on the NFC scandal shows the country needs to change its leadership, as the present nation-building trajectory can only lead to a regressive, repressive, a failed and rogue state and not a progressive, prosperous and united Malaysia.

(Speech at the DAP kopitiam ceramah in Gelang Patah on Friday, February 2018 at 8 pm)

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