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In the first 100 days of the Pakatan Harapan government in 2018, there was nothing that it could do wrong. After that, there was nothing that it could do right.

Why was it so?

There are several reasons for this.

Firstly, the euphoria and the expectations of the unprecedented general election victory were too sky-high although grave mistakes were made in the first months of Pakatan Harapan government.

I had never expected the invincible Barisan Nasional to be toppled in the May 9, 2018 General Election.

But the seeds for the premature end of the Pakatan Harapan government were planted as early as in the first hundred days of the new administration. Read the rest of this entry »

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However hard, uphill and even daunting the road, the only way for Malaysia to reclaim the nation’s honour, rebuild and fulfil its potentials is the Pakatan Harapan agenda for a New Malaysia

Sesusah mana sekalipun cabarannya, agenda Malaysia Baharu Pakatan Harapan adalah satu-satunya cara untuk menebus maruah, membina dan membangunkan potensi Malaysia sepenuhnya

Persoalan utama yang berlegar-legar dalam fikiran rakyat Malaysia sepanjang tiga hari yang lepas sudah tentunya berkisar tentang soal sama ada negara ini akan kembali terjunam ke kancah kerosakan di mana mandat rakyat boleh dirampas begitu sahaja dan diseleweng untuk memberi ruang kepada penubuhan satu kerajaan pintu belakang yang akan mengembalikan negara kita ke arah sebuah negara kleptokratik yang gagal, malahan lebih teruk lagi, sebuah kakistokrasi di mana anasir-anasir yang paling teruk, paling tidak berkelayakan, dan paling tidak berprinsip memegang jawatan tertinggi negara.

Sesusah mana sekalipun cabarannya, agenda Malaysia Baharu Pakatan Harapan adalah satu-satunya cara untuk menebus maruah, membina dan membangunkan potensi Malaysia sepenuhnya.

Seperti yang telah dinyatakan di dalam Manifesto Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 Pakatan Harapan, sejak perisytiharan kemerdekaan oleh Bapa Kemerdekaan Tunku Abdul Rahman pada 31 Ogos 1957, “negara kita telah terbina sebagai sebuah negara yang bertuah kerana memiliki rakyat yang majmuk iaitu pelbagai kaum dan pelbagai agama”.

Manifesto tersebut menyambung lagi: Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakatan Harapan is worth saving as no other political grouping in Malaysia is committed to restore Tunku Abdul Rahman’s vision of a Malaysia as “a beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”

Pakatan Harapan mesti diselamatkan memandangkan tidak ada kumpulan lain yang komited untuk memulihkan Malaysia selari dengan visi Tunku Abdul Rahman untuk Malaysia menjadi “cahaya yang menerangi kegelapan dalam dunia yang penuh cabaran”

Selepas ADUN DAP Negri Sembilan untuk kawasan Seremban Jaya, P Gunasekaran dibebaskan daripada pertuduhannya semalam, saya berada di sini sekali lagi hari ini untuk menyaksikan pembebasan Exco Melaka dan ADUN Gadek, G Saminathan bersama dengan sepuluh yang lain daripada pertuduhan keganasan berkaitan LTTE.

Saminathan, Gunasekaran, dan sepuluh yang lain berserta keluarga dan orang tersayang mereka telah menderita sepanjang 20 minggu yang lepas kerana mereka tidak bersalah atas tuduhan yang dikenakan kepada mereka, terutamanya pertuduhan yang kononnya mereka berhasrat untuk menghidupkan semula LTTE sedangkan pertubuhan itu telahpun berhenti daripada berfungsi hampir sedekad.

Perkembangan politik tergempar sepanjang dua hari yang lepas untuk menumbangkan kerajaan Pakatan Harapan dan untuk mengeluarkan DAP daripada kerajaan persekutuan di Putrajaya dan kes 12 orang, termasuklah Saminathan dan Gunasekaran dan penahanan mereka selama hampir 20 minggu di atas pertuduhan berkaitan LTTE sedangkan mereka tidak bersalah, menimbulkan persoalan sama ada berbaloi untuk menyelamatkan Pakatan Harapan ataupun tidak.

Saya akan menjawab dengan positif — yang Pakatan Harapan masih perlu diselamatkan kerana tidak ada kumpulan politik lain yang komited untuk memulihkan Malaysia selari dengan visi Tunku Abdul Rahman untuk Malaysia menjadi “cahaya yang menerangi kegelapan dalam dunia yang penuh cabaran”. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Save Malaysia mission of the 14th General Election is still very valid and relevant, as we do not want to revert to a global kleptocracy, and even worse, become a kakistocracy with the worst elements who practice dishonesty, perfidy and corruption in the government

Misi menyelamatkan Malaysia PRU14 masih lagi sah dan relevan kerana kita tidak mahu kembali menjadi kleptokrasi global ataupun lebih buruk lagi, sebuah “kakistokrasi” dengan anasir-anasir jahat yang mengamalkan khianat, ketidakjujuran, dan rasuah di dalam kerajaan

DAP akan mengadakan satu mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Tertinggi Pusat tergempar hari ini mengenai perkembangan politik semasa dan kita harus menunggu hasil keputusan mesyuarat tersebut.

Namun begitu, izinkan saya untuk menjelaskan mengenai satu paparan yang telah tersebar luas semalam — yang mengatakan: “Kit Siang di kesan berada di airport, mau lari ka…?” bersama dengan gambar saya di lapangan terbang dan dalam satu paparan yang berasingan, seorang pemimpin UMNO mengatakan: “Mohon standby di airport, tahan pemimpin DAP, PKR, PAN yang nak lari keluar negara – Azri”.

Saya berada di Lapangan Terbang Pulau Pinang semalam, menunggu penerbangan saya ke Kuala Lumpur untuk menghadiri kes mahkamah P Gunasekaran hari ini, dan persoalan untuk melarikan diri daripada negara ini tidak pernah sekali pun terlintas di fikiran saya.

Malah, soal melarikan diri daripada Malaysia ini tidak pernah timbul dalam fikiran mana-mana pemimpin DAP kerana kami bukanlah pencuri, perompak, mahupun penyangak, tetapi kami hanyalah rakyat Malaysia yang patriotik dan berdedikasi untuk menghentikan penjunaman Malaysia kearah menjadi negara kleptokratik yang gagal.

Para pejuang DAP berhasrat untuk berkhidmat untuk semua rakyat Malaysia, tanpa mengira batasan kaum, agama, mahupun kawasan. Kami menyertai politik kerana kami percaya politik adalah satu wadah yang jujur, bermaruah, malah mulia untuk menjadikan Malaysia sebuah negara yang lebih baik untuk generasi masa hadapan; kami berpegang kepada pendirian bahawa ahli politiklah yang kotor dan bukan politik itu sendiri. Read the rest of this entry »

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A question which is also an indictment

There are those who think that it is naïve for me to pose the question: Will the Opposition play its role as an honest, constructive and loyal Opposition to the Constitution and Rukunegara instead of trying its utmost to polarise and divide Malaysians through the politics of race, religion, fake news and hate speech?

This is a question which is also an indictment.

I had not expected any answer from the Opposition and there was none. In the new Internet era of 24-hour news cycle, the two-day total Opposition silence to my question on Tuesday is very eloquent and conclusive proof that the Opposition will continue to be dishonest, destructive and disloyal to the Constitution and Rukunegara so that it could divide Malaysians through the politics of race, religion, fake news and hate speech.

I have always believed that in any democracy, the Opposition has an important role to play to provide the necessary check and balance to prevent abuse of power and other deviations, but it must be an honest, constructive and loyal Opposition – not to the government of the day, but to the country and the basic nation-building documents like the Constitution and the Rukunegara.

I have never believed that to be an effective Opposition, one must be dishonest, destructive and disloyal to the Constitution and Rukunegara which best describe the present Opposition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let us move away from daily fixation and obsession with the transition of power

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has advised Pakatan Harapan leaders not to discuss the transition of power issue openly and to honour the consensus on the matter reached in January 2018.

Let us move away from the daily fixation and obsession with the transition of power and focus all our efforts on how to deliver our promises in the 2018 general election as 2020 is going to be a make-or-break year for Pakatan Harapan.

Undoubtedly, one of the most important Pakatan Harapan promises is the successful and amicable transition of power from the seventh Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to the eighth Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The details of the transition of power should be left to the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council although there no need to for a special meeting on the matter.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri in Gelang Patah on Wednesday, 22nd January 2020)

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Let us learn from the lessons of the past 19 months

Former top civil servant Tan Sri Alwi Jantan’s following 2020 New Year’s Day poem yesterday “Change” is food for thought for all Malaysians, regardless of race or religion, who care and love Malaysia and only want the best for Malaysia and our children and children’s children:

CHANGE

We voted for a change
From kleptocracy to Malaysia Baru.
You won’t believe it but it’s strange
What we get are all true.

Black shoes and khat for schools,
Zakir Naik the hate guru.
As if we haven’t been taken for fools,
Flying car and crooked bridge too.

Academics become cheer leaders
In search of lost dignity.
Not fit to become teachers
At any university.

O Lord, my wish for the New Year,
Show us the way to salvation.
Let us together strive and bear
The burden of rebuilding this nation.

I agree with Alwi that a lecturer who could set an university examination paper on ethnic relations extolling the preacher Zakir Naik as an icon in the Muslim world is not promoting but undermining ethnic relations in Malaysia and is ‘Not fit to become teachers at any university”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buku Harapan must be the compass to reset nation-building policies to return to the founding principles of Malaysian Constitution to ensure unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity in Malaysia

We want the Pakatan Harapan government to succeed to reset nation-building policies for Malaysia to return to the founding principles of the Malaysian Constitution to ensure unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity in Malaysia, where there is separation of powers, the rule of law, public integrity and respect for human rights..

For six decades, we have strayed from the fundamental principles of the Malaysian Constitution. The re-setting of nation-building principles to restore the original Constitution principles is an arduous process and will probably take a generation, but substantial efforts must be made in the five years before the next general election in 2023.

Buku Harapan must be the compass to reset nation-building policies to return to the founding principles of Malaysian Constitution to ensure unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity in Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fake news and hate speech an urgent challenge as they can not only destroy Pakatan Harapan Government but Malaysia’s hopes to become a top world-class nation

The topic tonight “Democracy in a Polarised Age” is most relevant.

For over a decade, democracy in the world is in retreat, despite isolated reverses as witnessed in Malaysia last year and recently in the presidential elections in Indonesia.

In Malaysia, the hopes of Malaysians for the first peaceful and democratic transition of power in six decades to reset nation-building policies to build a New Malaysia have turned sour and there is an urgent need for the realisation of the promises and pledges of the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto in the 14th General Election.

We are in a very polarised age, not only in Malaysia but worldwide and the problem has taken a new shape in the era of the Internet, celebrating its 30th anniversary.

A few days ago, the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Beners-Lee announced a global plan to save the web. Read the rest of this entry »

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DAP will not be MCA2 or Pakatan Harapan become BN2, for the simple reason that DAP and Pakatan Harapan are committed to the agenda to reset nation building policies to build a New Malaysia – objectives which the MCA, UMNO, Barisan Nasional and Muafakat Nasional are opposed

On Friday, I attended a youth camp at Janda Baik and the topic I was asked to talk about was: “Is the idea of a Malaysian an empty dream?”

This was particularly pertinent, as only a week earlier, Pakatan Harapan was given a drubbing in the Tanjong Piai parliamentary by-election, where Pakatan Harapan not only lost the seat which it had clinched with a slim majority of 524 votes 18 months earlier in the 14th General Election, but lost it with a landslide majority of 15,086 votes.

If the Tanjong Piai by-election is a harbinger of the 15th General Election in 2023, then the Pakatan Harapan government would be a one-term government and would be voted out of Putrajaya in the next general election.

But do Malaysians want a return of the UMNO-BN government, which would come back under the guise of Muafakat Nasional with PAS, and the quandary of the country which resulted in the Pakatan Harapan loss in the Tanjong Piai by-election becoming the order of the day – the politics of race and religion taking to their extremity with both the Malays and non-Malays in fear that their rights, position and future are under unprecedented threat by other communities making the topic of the youth camp, “Is the idea of a Malaysian an empty dream?” a most prescient and relevant one!

The past week has revealed more about the mendacity and immorality of the previous kleptocratic regime, how the 1MDB audit report prepared for the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee was tampered by the former Prime Minister with the deletion of important information about the 1MDB scandal, like the presence of Jho Low at a meeting of the 1MDB Board of Directors and the financial status of 1MDB or the revelation in the trial of the former Deputy Prime Minister for bribery, criminal breach of trust and money-laundering that not one cent of the RM31 million in a foundation to help the poor was used to help the poor.

Is this global kleptocracy the type of governance Malaysians want to revert to or would Malaysia become ungovernable and the country’s fate is to be a failed, rogue and kleptocratic state? Read the rest of this entry »

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DAP and Pakatan Harapan accept the devastating result of the Tanjong Piai voters who spoke not only on behalf of themselves but of the country at their frustration and unhappiness at the pace of reforms since May 9, 2018

Firstly, let me congratulate Wee Jeck Seng on being elected Member of Parliament for Tanjong Piai yesterday.

DAP and Pakatan Harapan accept the devastating result of the Tanjong Piai voters who spoke not only on behalf of themselves but of the country at their frustration and unhappiness at the pace of reforms since the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018.

This will the first agenda of DAP and Pakatan Harapan after the Tanjong Piai by-election.

The devastating Tanjong Piai by-election result has given greater urgency and importance to the review of the pace and implementation of the reforms promised by Pakatan Harapan, especially those contained in Buku Harapan in the 14th General Election Manifesto, for which the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council had established a special review committee.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah on Sunday, 17th November 2019)

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Achievements of PH government in 18 months which are recognised internationally

Going by the campaign rhetorics of Muafakat Nasional of PAS, UMNO and MCA in Tanjong Piai by-election campaign, it would appear that the 18 months of Pakatan Harapan government in Putrajaya has been a total failure and disaster which is in total contrast to the recognition given by the world to the achievements chalked up by the Pakatan Harapan Government.

The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index has improved to the 12th best in the world in 2020 from 15th in 2019, while Malaysia is among the best improved economies in the World Bank’s 2018 Worldwide Governance Indicators.

Thanks to its commitment to institutional reforms after the “509” result of the 14th General Elections, Malaysia is also among the best improved country in the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) for year 2018.
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Rise up Malaysians, unite to achieve greatness for Malaysia as a top world-class nation of unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity and to resolve the problems of poverty and gross inequality in the country

With four DAP members, one State Exco and another State Assemblyman, still in detention for suspected LTTE terrorist connections under SOSMA, and the description of an academician that the 17-month government of Pakatan Harapan is an “unmitigated disaster”, it is difficult to feel that there is anything to celebrate in this year’s Deepavali today.

The message of Deepavali, however, is an eternal one – the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

We must never cease to hope or to succumb to hopelessness and despair.

While the 17-month government of the Pakatan Harapan has fallen below expectations, it is definitely not an “unmitigated disaster”.

Pakatan Harapan must be firm in our resolve and commitment to implement the reforms as promised in Buku Harapan in the 14th General Election and this is why the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council has established a special committee under the Deputy Defence Minister, Liew Chin Tong, to review the Pakatan Harapan 14th general election manifesto.
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DAP committed to make life better for all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region

It was quite a nostalgic occasion for me when the founder members of the Bintulu DAP Branch came on stage to be recognised and given a souvenir to commemorate their signal contribution to the founding to the Bintulu DAP Branch in 1978, as I was here in Bintulu 41 years ago.

It is very heart-warming to see the old warriors, men or women, who had toiled, with their sweat, blood and tears, in the past four decades to build DAP in Bintulu, Sarawak and Malaysia to what it is today.

Bintulu of 1978 is very different from Bintulu of 2019, but the commitment of the DAP, to make life better for all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, remains constant and unchanged.

Some thirty years ago in February 1990 when Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad first announced Vision 2020 of Malaysia becoming a fully developed nation in the year 2020, he referred to 19 countries that were generally regarded as “developed countries”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Parliament must play its role to achieve the Pakatan Harapan promise to reset nation-building policies in keeping with the Merdeka Proclamation that Malaysia “shall be forever a sovereign democratic and independent state founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people”

Parliament must play its role to achieve the Pakatan Harapan promise to reset nation-building policies in keeping with the Merdeka Proclamation that Malaysia “shall be forever a sovereign democratic and independent state founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people”.

Let me read excerpts from Buku Harapan:

“We promise hope for all citizens, regardless of race and religion. We will stop the rot in key national institutions and we will return the rule of law by ensuring the independence and integrity of important government agencies.

“We will cleanse Malaysia from corruption, malfeasance and kleptocracy, and at the same time drive a sustainable economic growth so that the benefits can be shared by all, not just by a few people in power.

“We offer leaders who are clean and committed to cleaning up this country from the rot, and leaders who are committed to helping people of all backgrounds.”

The Buku Harapan highlights the five pillar-promises, viz:

– Reduce the people’s burden;
– Institutional and political reforms;
– Spur sustainable and equitable economic growth;
– Return Sabah and Sarawak to the status accorded in Malaysia Agreement 1963; and
– Create a Malaysia that is inclusive, moderate and respected globally.

In the agenda on institutional and political reforms, the Buku Harapan stressed that “the check and balance mechanism created by our forefathers no longer function effectively” and pledged to restore confidence in the country’s institutions and redeem the dignity of the administration in a series of institutional and political reforms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lets nip in the bud all conspiracy theories of Pakatan Harapan Government cracking up during the 2020 budget parliamentary meeting from October to December as Pakatan Harapan government intends to last the full term

Hentikan teori konspirasi yang mendakwa kononnya Kerajaan Pakatan Harapan akan berpecah semasa pembentangan dan perbahasan Belanjawan 2020 di Parlimen yang akan berlangsung dari Oktober hingga Disember ini kerana Pakatan Harapan memenuhi mandat penggal ini

Tiga sidang Parlimen sebelum ini iaitu pada Oktober tahun lalu dan pada Mac serta Julai tahun ini dibayangi dengan laporan media yang bersifat spekulatif berkenaan khabar angin yang mengatakan Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad bakal berdepan dengan penyingkiran menerusi undi tidak percaya di Parlimen, yang didakwa akan melibatkan sekumpulan ahli Parlimen Pakatan Harapan.

Sesi Persidangan Parlimen yang berlangsung selama 36 hari bermula hari ini sehingga Disember terlepas daripada gangguan “usul tidak percaya” terhadap Mahathir seperti yang digambarkan dalam laporan media bersifat spekulif berkenaan, bukan kerana tidak ada mereka yang “gatal-gatal” mahu merancang atau mereka-reka teori konspirasi berkenaan, tetapi kerana teori konspirasi “usul undi tidak percaya” khayalan ini telah gagal dibuktikan sepanjang tiga sidang Parlimen yang lepas, membuatkan pihak yang menyebarkannya kelihatan mengarut dan bodoh.

Ini tidak bermakna bahawa Pembangkang tidak berharap untuk melihat kerajaan Pakatan Harapan di Putrajaya berpecah, dan melakukan bermacam-macam cara untuk merealisasikan impian mereka itu.

Melihat kerajaan Pakatan Harapan di Putrajaya menjadi lemah dan berpecah selepas hanya beberapa bulan adalah perkara yang sentiasa diimpikan oleh UMNO dan PAS selepas Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 pada 9 Mei 2019, namun ia tidak berlaku dan kerajaan gabungan DAP, PKR, Bersatu dan Amanah tidak berpecah, Pembangkang terus mencari-cari keretakan dan kelemahan Kerajaan Pakatan Harapan, malah membesar-besarkan keretakan dan kelemahan yang sebenarnya tidak wujud dalam kerajaan gabungan ini.

Pun begitu, empat parti gabungan Pakatan Harapan bukan sahaja telah terselamat daripada pelbagai serangan sepanjang beberapa bulan pertama mentadbir Putrajaya. Dua hari daripada hari ini, kerajaan PH akan menandakan 17 bulan kejayaan mentadbir secara lancar dan PH berhasrat untuk memenuhi mandatnya sehingga ke akhir penggal ini selama lima tahun sebelum Pilihan Raya Umum ke-15 pada 2023. Read the rest of this entry »

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Table the Reports of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) and the Institutional Reform Committee (IRC) as a White Paper in Parliament and refer it to the Caucus on Institutional Reform and Governance which should submit recommendations to Parliament within six weeks on actions which should be taken on the CEP and IRC Reports

When the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled last month that the British Prime Minister’s suspension of Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, many Malaysians must have asked when the Malaysian judiciary would demonstrate similar independence to uphold the constitutional doctrine of the separation of powers in Malaysia.

As the Chief Justice, Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat said at the Lawasia Constitutional & Rule of Law Conference 2019 on the theme “Constitutional Government: The Importance of Constitutional Structures and Institutions”, any attempt to undermine the strict separation of powers is an affront to democracy specifically and to constitutionalism generally.

Although she declared that “No particular branch in this country is superior to one another. Only the Federal Constitution reigns supreme”, Malaysians needs to be convinced that institutional reforms are in place to uphold this important constitutional principle.

This is why it is timely that the Reports of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) and the Institutional Reform Committee (IRC) should be tabled as a White Paper in Parliament and the Reports should be referred to the Caucus on Institutional Reform and Governance chaired by PKR President and MP for Port Dickson Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim which should submit recommendations to Parliament within six weeks on the actions which should be taken on the CEP and IRC Reports.

This is to ensure that the Parliamentary meeting starting tomorrow will be able to debate proposals for institutional and political reforms which is one of the five pillar-promises in the Pakatan Harapan 2018 General Election manifesto before it adjourns on December 5, 2019.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, 6th October 2019)

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Another week of shame for Malaysia – worldwide advertisement of 1MDB scandal as “the biggest fraud of the century” with emphasis on “true crime” and “current affairs” to promote documentary “The Kleptocrats”

It has been another week of shame for Malaysia – as in the past week, Malaysia has been advertised internationally as the country which is home to “the biggest fraud of the century” because of the 1MDB scandal with the emphasis on “true crime” and “current affairs” to promote the documentary “The Kleptocrats”.

Such an advertisement on the “THE MULTI-BILLION $CANDAL THAT SHOOK HOLLYWOOD AND THE WORLD” appears in the international media, whether South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, Straits Times in Singapore or Sydney Morning Herald Australia, and many others.

In Malaysia, the criminal trial of the former Prime Minister, Najib Razak, over 25 charges of abuse of power and money laundering of RM2.28 billion from 1MDB funds, facing up to 20 years in jail if convicted, entered into its 16th day in the High Court of Kuala Lumpur yesterday while another High Court judge has fixed Nov 11 to announce the verdict whether Najib’s defence on seven charges of abuse of power, corruption and money-laundering involving RM42 million of funds from SRC International after 58 days of prosecution case and 57 witnesses needs to be called.

It is not exactly a time when Malaysians came hold their heads high in the world, although there is a silver lining in the dark clouds – as Malaysia is probably the only country in the world which had toppled a kleptocratic regime by peaceful and democratic means on May 9, 2018 and put the former Prime Minister and some of his kleptocratic cronies on trial. Read the rest of this entry »

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Another must-see film for Malaysians – “The Kleptocrats’: sombre reminder that May 9, 2018 saved Malaysia from becoming Venezuela of South-east Asia

Two films every Malaysian should see are “M for Malaysia” and “The Kleptocrats -Billion Dollar Whale” to learn or to be reminded of the existential threat Malaysia faced during the 14th General Election.

If there had been no historic and miraculous change of government on May 9, 2018, Malaysia would have continued in the trajectory pursued for close to a decade to become a failed, rogue and kleptocratic state, and no power on earth could have saved future generations of Malaysians, regardless of race or religion, from the status of serfs in having to repay the tens and hundreds of billions of debt conceived and implemented by “maestros” of unimaginable scams and money-laundering schemes to exploit the loopholes of the international banking and financial system.

If there had been no change of government, the re-elected Prime Minister would have made Malaysia the Venezuela of South-east Asia and the Sick Man of Asia.

Venezuela is in the thick of a terrible political, socio-economic and humanitarian crisis. Once one of the 20 richest countries in the world and the richest in Latin America with free education and free medical services for her citizens, it is now poor, backward, broken and bankrupt state, with over 10 per cent of Venezuelans (3.4 million) having left the country in despair.

The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has affected the life of the average Venezuelan on all levels. By 2017, hunger had escalated to the point where almost seventy-five percent of the population had lost an average of over 8 kg (over 19 lbs) in weight, and more than half did not have enough income to meet their basic food needs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians must not allow the only chance for the country to become a top world-class nation of unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity to be sabotaged by unscrupulous and unprincipled politicians wanting to regain political power by using fake news and hate speech to incite inter-racial and inter-religious polarisation

It is more than 500 days since the historic and miraculous decision of Malaysians in the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018 – what the international media had described as a “shock victory – to achieve the “impossible dream” of achieving a change of government through peaceful and democratic means first time in six decades.

All Malaysians who had rooted for what appeared to be an “impossible dream” of a change of government had high hopes of the Pakatan Harapan government in Putrajaya, and so did the leaders of the four parties of DAP, PKR, Bersatu and Amanah which made up the Pakatan Harapan coalition, but they were totally unaware of the magnitude of the rot which the Najib premiership had left behind.

The country was in debt for over a trillion ringgit; the national institutions have lost their independence and professionalism as they were suborned and subverted by the former prime minister and the 1MDB billions of ringgit; the country had forfeited the respect by the international community of nations as it became a global kleptocracy, publicly flagellated as “kleptocracy at its worst” in an international conference; while race, religion, fake news and hate speech had been employed to protect the former government leaders from any possibility of regime change in the 14th General Election.

Pakatan Harapan Ministers and deputy ministers were shocked to find that they had to ascertain and address the rot that had been left behind by the previous government before they could proceed to implement the Pakatan Harapan promises of a New Malaysia where the country can become a top world-class nation of unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity.

There is widespread disappointment and disillusionment among Pakatan Harapan voters and supporters who had expected political, economic, educational, socio-cultural changes in the past 500 days. Read the rest of this entry »

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