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BN guide to “101 on crushing the dreams of our youths” May 25, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.
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Hands up, everyone who had once dreamt of being a doctor, to help society, cure diseases, world peace etc.

(Even I once taped a paper cutting of an article on ‘Flying Doctors’ next to my bed for a full year when I was a student, to inspire me while dreaming of helping the poor and marginalised, alongside other possible occupations eg. being an agriculturist, writer, artist, quantum physicist etc.)

Today, a 17 year old from my state constituency Bukit Lanjan, despite having 12 As, was told he couldn’t qualify a JPA scholarship, evidently based on his ethnicity. He too dreams of being a doctor and to be of service to society. And despite the recent announcement by the Ministry of Education that all those 9As and above will be recipients, our young friend still has not received an new offer from MoE.

He is not the only one out there.

Our young friend has penned a most articulate letter to Malaysiakini as a result:-

The signals are clear for BN that it needs to reform after the massive vote of no-confidence especially in Peninsular Malaysia. Alas, there are none so blind as those who will not see.
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KeADILan’s Malaysian Economic Agenda (MEA) March 16, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Current Affairs, Democracy, Economy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations.
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Let there be no confusion about this.

KeADILan Media Statement (English)
15th March 2008

KeADILan HAS CLEAR AND FIRM STAND ON NEP

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People’s Justice Party) has a clear and firm stand on the New Economic Policy (NEP). As explained by the Ketua Umum of the Party, Anwar Ibrahim in his 20-page article as well as through his many public pronouncements and ceramah, and further reaffirmed in several Party documents, including the Election Manifesto, we intend to replace the NEP with the Malaysian Economic Agenda.

The NEP, after nearly 40 years is already anachronistic. It has been abused by a handful leaders and cronies in Umno-Bn to rob the country of its wealth to enrich themselves, in the name of the Malays as a whole. It has led to discriminatory practices that are against the spirit of justice and fairness for all Malaysians, particularly the poor, marginalised and disadvantaged groups of all races.

The Malaysian Economic Agenda aspires to:

(a) institute and implement fair, just and equitable redistribution of the wealth in the country;

(b) fight against and finally abolish the evil practices of corruption, cronyism and nepotism and ensure the award of contracts and projects are done in open and transparent manner;

(c) continue the policy of positive discrimination in favour of poor dan deprived Bumiputera while at the same time giving equal opportunities to poor and deprived non-Bumpiputera on the basis of need and not racial greed;

(d) utilise the wealthy resources of the country to provide better social facilities – especially education, health and housing – for the poor, irrespective of ethnic backgrounds; and

(e) generate pro-people development and strengthen the competitive capacity of Malaysia so that she can stand tall with all developed countries, starting with those in Asia.

Those leaders of Umno-Bn and the media they own that accuse Parti Keadilan Rakyat as having no stand on the NEP and on other ways of improving the lot of the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged Malays are deliberately indulging in lies to mislead the public. We wish to emphasise that a policy of positive discrimination in favour of all Malaysians who are poor, marginalized and disadvantaged will benefit the Malay rakyat more, because they form the big majority of this category of people.

Dr. Syed Husin Ali
Deputy President
Parti KeADILan Rakyat

Suaram: Demonising HINDRAF hurts Malaysia December 7, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, News Archive, Politics, Race Relations, Southeast Asia.
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SUARA RAKYAT MALAYSIA
Address:433A, Jalan 5/46, Gasing Indah, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Telephone: +6 03 7784 3525 Fax: +6 03 7784 3526
Email: suaram@suaram.net Web: www.suaram.net

PRESS STATEMENT: 7 December 2007

Demonising HINDRAF hurts Malaysia:
Class, not ethnicity should be national focus

The intensive media and political attacks against HINDRAF for almost two weeks have served only to hurt and embarrass the nation.

Instead of addressing and resolving the substantive and the essence of HINDRAF’s grievances, the government has instead sought to use all its available resources and state functionaries – from the police to government-linked non-government organisations (GONGOs), from the mass media to government institutions such as the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), to demonise and vilify HINDRAF and Malaysian citizens of Indian descent.

This reflects badly on the government of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, who rode into power in 2004 on the promise that he would listen and act on the people’s grievances. However when citizens march on the streets wanting to be heard, the Prime Minister, who is also the Internal Security Minister, turned a deaf ear and instead threw chemically-laced water and teargas canisters at them.

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