Wee Ka Siong would have lost his deposit in Ayer Hitam under Hadi’s dictum that Muslims must vote for Muslim candidates

MCA President Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong would have lost his deposit in Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat in the 14th General Election under the PAS President Hadi Awang’s dictum that Muslims must vote for Muslim candidates.

Did Wee realise this when yesterday he defended the political co-operation between the BN component parties and the PAS as a common feature of Malaysian politics?

In the Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency in the 14th General Election, Wee won 17,076 votes, beating the Pakatan Harapan candidate Liew Chin Tong who won 16,773 votes, with a sliver-thin majority of 303 votes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can Malaysia break away from a nation which breeds suspicion, distrust and hatred among races and religions to one which builds tolerance, trust and confidence among them to leverage on the assets of diverse races, religions and civilisations to become a world top-class nation?

Yesterday, I said the many national holidays in Malaysia afford Malaysians the opportunities for reflection and review as to why the country failed to achieve greater goals, such as pondering how Malaysia could transform from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation of integrity in the world.

Just as ordinary Malaysians saved Malaysia from a global kleptocracy and a failed state, the challenge of whether Malaysia transforms from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation of integrity in the world will rest on their shoulders.

Similarly, ordinary Malaysians also have to wrestle with another great conundrum of the nation – whether Malaysia can succeed in nation building out of the diverse races, religions, languages and cultures that have made Malaysia their home to become a model of an united, tolerant, successful, progressive and prosperous plural entity in a complex and plural world. Read the rest of this entry »

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How can Malaysia transform from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation in integrity in the world?

Malaysia has many national holidays which provide Malaysians more opportunities for reflection and review as to why one or the country failed to achieve greater goals or achievements.

The 2019 Chinese New Year is similarly a useful occasion for a national review by all Malaysians of the many great questions confronting the nation.

One of these great issues of the nation is undoubtedly how Malaysia transform from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation of integrity in the world.
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Let us have the stamina, perseverance and foresight not only to win a battle on May 9, 2018 but to win a war to build a New Malaysia for future generations

The 14th General Election of May 9, 2018 has rightly been described as a battle which was miraculously won by Malaysians who had the patriotism, fortitude and passion for justice, freedom, integrity and unity but we have only won a battle and not a war.

Let us have the stamina, perseverance and foresight not only to win a battle on May 9, 2018 but to win the war to build a New Malaysia for future generations of Malaysians.
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I should be mightily offended by the latest social media offensive that I am angling to get into the Cabinet after being earlier bruited of becoming Prime Minister of Pakatan Harapan

I should be mightily offended by the latest social media offensive that I am angling to get into the Cabinet after being earlier bruited of becoming Prime Minister of the Pakatan Harapan government in Putrajaya if Pakatan Harapan should win the 14th General Election.

What a great letdown – from the pinnacle of the post of Prime Minister to a place in the Cabinet.

But I am not offended in the least, but was quite amused and tickled, as both these politically-motivated speculation are just simply untrue.

Just as I had never thought about being Prime Minister – most unthinkable after Pakatan Harapan had announced its agreement that if PH wins the 14th General Election, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad would be the Prime Minister, to be followed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in mid-term – such politically-motivated rumours were still conjured, manufactured and peddled both before and after the 14th General Election, involving the highest personalities – reaching all the way to Sri Perdana previously and now the highest echelons of leadership in the Opposition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ilham Centre/Penang Institute survey cannot be a correct reflection of situation in the country as not even one per cent of non-Muslims in any survey will believe that non-Muslims are now in control of the government with DAP calling the shots in Putrajaya

A survey jointly by Ilham Centre and think tank Penang Institute during the ending months of last year has found that more than 60 percent of the Malays surveyed were not happy with the Pakatan Harapan government as they believed that non-Muslims were now in control of the government and that DAP was calling the shots in Putrajaya.

The survey interviewed 2,614 Malay respondents between Oct 24 and Dec 24, 2018.

The Ilham Centre/Penang Institute survey cannot be a correct reflection of situation in the country as not even one per cent of non-Muslims in any survey will believe that non-Muslims are now in control of the government and that DAP is calling the shots in Putrajaya. Read the rest of this entry »

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All Malaysian institutions of higher education should aim to produce useful and patriotic citizens of Malaysia who are committed to the ideals of united, just, democratic and progressive society where there is integrity and respect for human rights

I believe that all Malaysian Institutions of higher education should aim to produce useful and patriotic citizens of Malaysia who are committed to the ideals of a united, just, democratic and progressive society where there is integrity and respect for human rights.

For this reason, all institutions of higher education should follow closely national developments which will pursue these goals.

One such development is the launching of the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) to tackle corruption in the country for the next five years by the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad yesterday.
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Congrats to Ramli on being elected as first Orang Asli MP

I congratulate Ramli Mohd Nor on being the first Orang Asli to be elected Member of Parliament in Malaysia.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Brinchang on Saturday, January 26, 2019)

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Last-minute and final appeal to outstation voters of Cameron Highlands to return to vote tomorrow and transform the by-election from the jaws of death to an even greater historic victory for the people than the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018

I have just come out of Orang Asli Kampong Pangan in Pos Menson, and my visit has reinforced my call for a New Deal for Orang Asli as the Barisan Nasional had failed in sixty years to make meaningful and substantial strides to bring the Orang Asli community to the national mainstream of development.

A New Deal for Orang Asli to ensure that they could be uplifted to be at par with the other communities in 30 years by 2050 after 60 years of JAKOA failure is more meaningful than having an Orang Asli candidate in the Cameron Highlands by-election. Read the rest of this entry »

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As of noon on eve of Cameron Highlands by-election, Barisan Nasional has the upper hand and will win the by-election unless a miracle happens tomorrow with an unexpected influx of outstation voters defying normal trends to save the seat for Pakatan Harapan

No political analyst or polling group predicts Pakatan Harapan victory in the Cameron Highlands by-election tomorrow.

In fact, as of noon on eve of Cameron Highlands by-election, Barisan Nasional has the upper hand and will win the by-election unless a miracle happens tomorrow with an unexpected influx of outstation voters defying normal trends to save the seat for Pakatan Harapan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dare Najib deny that he is in fact asking the voters of Cameron Highlands to spearhead a “Save Najib” campaign to culminate in a Barisan Nasional victory in 15th General Election and his return as Prime Minister?

I have certainly no intention of sparring with former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the Cameron Highlands by-election campaign.

I am in Cameron Highlands, like the Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who will come to the constituency later today, the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the PKR President, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the DAP Secretary-General and Minister for Finance, Lim Guan Eng, and the AMANAH President and Defence Minister, Mat Sabu and other Pakatan Harapan leaders to compaign for the Pakatan Harapan candidate M. Manogaran to be elected as Member of Parliament for Cameron Highlands.
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I have never said that the Orang Asli, who are the first inhabitants of the country, are not citizens, but asked whether they are full citizens of Malaysia

Before I came on stage, I received a call telling me that the latest Barisan Nasional dirty tactics in the Cameron Highlands by-election is to accuse me of defaming the Orang Asli people by declaring that they are not citizens of the country.

I have never said that the Orang Asli, who are the first inhabitants of the country, are not citizens, but asked whether they are full citizens of Malaysia.

This seems to be such a stupid question for every Malaysian is a full citizen of Malaysia.
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Voters of Cameron Highlands should say three ‘Noes” to Najib in the by-election this Saturday

The Cameron Highlands by-election on Saturday will not only be the most important electoral battle in the history of Cameron Highlands, it will also have far-reaching consequences for the country and future generations.

For this reason, I call on every outstation voter in Cameron Highlands to take the trouble to return home to cast his or her vote on Saturday. This will be an investment worth making, for it will not only affect the people of Cameron Highlands for the next four years, but also future generations in Cameron Highlands as well as all Malaysians for the next few decades.
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Are Orang Asli full citizens of Malaysia?

The question that has been nagging me since my several visits to Orang Asli Posts and Kampongs in Cameron Highlands in the past three weeks is whether after sixty years, Orang Asli are full citizens of Malaysia?

They are the first inhabitants of Malaysia but are they full citizens of this country sixty years after Merdeka?

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DAP can accept Fadzil Noor or Nik Aziz as Prime Minister-designate for Malaysia but not Hadi Awang

PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang is very smooth and slick as he denied what I never said.

Taking to Facebook, Hadi said:

“As far as I remember, PAS never nominated me to be prime minister, nor did I declare myself to be prime minister-designate.”

I never said PAS nominated him to be Prime Minister or that he had declared himself to be Prime Minister-designate.
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If Pakatan Harapan can win in Cameron Highlands by-election on Saturday, I will convene a Pakatan Harapan conference of Orang Asli representatives in Cameron Highlands to draft a blueprint for Orang Asli to become full citizens of Malaysia

If Pakatan Harapan can win in Cameron Highlands by-election on Saturday, I will convene a Pakatan Harapan conference of Orang Asli represnetatives in Cameron Highlands to draft a blueprint for Orang Asli to become full citizens of Malaysia.

Although Barisan Nasonal and PAS leaders and propagandists had spread the toxic and vicious falsehoods before the last general election that I was the real political power in Pakatan Harapan and will become the Prime Minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the 14th General Election, events have exposed these lies and falsehoods.

I am not even in the Cabinet and I cannot speak on behalf of the Pakatan Harapan Government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib is going for broke to avoid an unprecedented BN defeat in Cameron Highlands by-election which will be a death knell for any possibility of his political come-back in 15th General Election and legitimisation of 1MDB scandal

Clearly, former Prime Minister, Datuk Sri Najib Razak is going for broke as if the Cameron Highlands by-election on Saturday will fjnally decide his political future.

In a sense, this is true, for with Najib as the campaigner-in-chief in the Cameron Highlands by-election, completely overshadowing the BN candidate Ramli Mohd Nor, the acting UMNO President, Hasan Mohd and the Pahang Mentri Besar, Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, Najib has made the by-election a most personal one – and an unprecedented defeat in Cameron Highlands by-eletion (as BN has never been defeated in Cameron Highlands before) will be a death knell for any possibility of his political comeback again as Prime Minister of Malaysia in the 15th General Election and legitimisation of 1MDB scandal.
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Reason why Hadi is telling lies about DAP being anti-Malay and anti-Islam was because the DAP had refused to support Hadi as the Prime Minister candidate for the 13th General Election

The reason why the PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang and other PAS leaders are telling lies about the DAP being anti-Malay and anti-Islam was because the DAP had refused to support Hadi as the Prime Minister candidate for Pakatan Rakyat in the 13th General Election in 2013.

Before the 13th General Election, Hadi through the PAS leadership had approached me to broach the subject of a Prime Ministerial-designate, on the ground that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was not a suitable candidate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time has come for Orang Asli in Malaysia to adopt the slogan “Orang Asli Bangkit” to launch a democratic struggle to demand a New Deal for Orang Asli in New Malaysia starting with the Cameron Highlands by-election

I confess that I was not aware of the truly miserable, atrocious and inhumane plight of the Orang Asli sixty years after Merdeka until in the last three weeks in my several visits to the Orang Asli Posts and kampongs in Cameron Highlands.

I dare say that 99 per cent Malaysians are not aware of the miserable plight of the Orang Asli – as all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, culure or region, would have felt ashamed and outraged of the true condition of the Orang Asli sixty years after Merdeka.
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Why Najib did not visit Pos Lenjang in his highly-publicised by-election campaign trail? Is it because Malaysia will know how bad is the 33 km “roti canai” road in Pos Lenjang – the worst road I have travelled in past three weeks?

The former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak made a highly-publicized Cameron Highlands by-election campaign trail but he did not visit Orang Asli kampongs in Pos Lenjang.

Why? Is it because Malaysia will know how bad is the 30 km “roti canai” road in Pos Lenjang, the worst road I have travelled in the past three weeks in Cameron Highlands and a shame and outrage to the claim that Malaysia is a developed nation?
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