Archive for March 15th, 2018

Kit Siang supports filing of a motion to review the Speaker’s rejection of questions and motions concerning 1MDB scandal

I support the filing of motion in Parliament to review the Speaker’s rejection of questions and motions concerning the 1MDB scandal.

Three DAP MPs, Nga Kor Ming (Taiping), Ngeh Koo Ham (Beruas) and V. Sivakumar (Batu Gajah) have received an ultimatum from the Speaker, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, demanding that they make an open apology to him for their remarks about the Speaker’s rejection of an emergency motion on the seizure of the luxury superyacht Equanimity of Jho Low and questions related to the 1MDB scandal or face “stern action”.

Under what section of the Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders does it give the Speaker the powers to unilaterally decide what is said outside Parliament constituted contempt of the Speaker and empower the Speaker to impose punishments?

The Speaker was ill-advised to send such ultimatum to the three DAP MPs demanding public apology or to face “stern action”.

The Speaker should consult with Parliamentarians from both sides of the divide on matters affecting Parliament and not just consult with the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of parliamentary affairs.

I am prepared to stand corrected, but Pandikar has clearly exceeded his powers in writing such an ultimatum to the three DAP MPs for their remarks outside parliamentary proceedings.

(Media Statement in Parliament on Thursday, 15th March 2018)

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Wee should spell out the “larger picture” of MCA – whether it is continue to be UMNO’s catspaw like what the MCA Deputy President is doing to blacken Penang Pakatan Harapan state government’s reputation to distract attention from 1MDB scandal and Malaysia’s global kleptocracy?

MCA Deputy President Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong should spell out what is the “larger picture” he wants ordinary MCA members to look at – whether it is for MCA leaders to continue to be UMNO’s catspaw like what Wee is doing to blacken Penang Pakatan Harapan state government’s reputation so as to distract national and international attention from the multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal and Malaysia’s global kleptocracy?

Wee today asked MCA party members to look at the bigger picture amid a revolt in Alor Gajah following an attempt to field Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s aide in the parliamentary constituency in the coming polls.

Wee should spell out this “bigger picture”, whether the MCA members must agree that UMNO President can override the MCA President in the nomination of MCA candidates for the 14th General Election?

If so, the present MCA national leadership would be creating another MCA history – after creating history where the three top MCA national leaders, the MCA President, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the MCA Deputy President, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, and the MCA Secretary-General Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan dare not contest in Chinese-voter majority seats but must depend on UMNO’s Malay votes to win in Parliament and get into Cabinet?

(Media Statement in Parliament on Thursday, 15th March 2018)


Malaysians must have a Parliament which they can feel proud – a Parliament which understands the Malaysian Dream of all Malaysians and not one which is like the traditional three moneys, eyes that see not, ears that hear not and mouth that speaks not

Last night was the launch of the book by the DAP Selangor State Assemblywoman for Damansara Utama Yeo Bee Yin, the youngest member of the Selangor State Assembly, “Reimagining Malaysia”.

A small-town girl from Batu Anam, Segamat who have become an engineer after being recipient of the Gates Cambridge University Scholarship, Bee Yin tells in the book the story of her personal journey, her hopes and dreams for the country.

As I said in the foreword to the book, I believe most Malaysians have a dream to want to make Malaysia a better country for the people and themselves, which is shunted aside or snuffed out altogether by the exigencies of life, including parental expectations and pressures.

We must find ways to respond to these inner voices and give them room for expression.

Recently, it was reported that low wages and a lack of jobs have forced about 5,000 Malaysians to work and live illegally in South Korea, suffering human rights abuses and even denial of wages, many left to fend for themselves after suffering workplace accidents and getting fired.

Apart from the question as to what the Malaysian Embassy in Seoul is doing to look after the interests of these 5,000 illegal Malaysians in South Korea, the question we must ask is why these 5,000 Malaysians have gone to South Korea? Read the rest of this entry »