MP for Kluang • Political Education Director, Democratic Action Party

A nation in waiting

Malaysia is a nation in waiting for a profound change, especially since the 1999 general election, when sufficient numbers of Malaysians voted for a corrupt-free government, a democratic political system, and a more equitable distribution of opportunities and resources.

The themes that captured the attention of the electorate during the 1999 general election remained the same for the two subsequent elections, 2004 and 2008, except that in the 2004 elections, it was former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who stole the reform platform. The cry for reform was real ever since Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad assumed the premiership nearly 30 years ago.

The one-party state that has ruled the country since independence refused to recognise the need to change despite suffering heavy blows in the 2008 general election.

It is my fervent hope to see the nation in waiting for more than a decade will rise again to democratise our political system, to free our government from corruption, and to see through the transformation of our society that has social justice and equal opportunity at heart.

Only in such a society that we can restore hope and trust, and bring a new lease of life to our nation that is tired of waiting for change.

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Elected as Member of the Malaysian Federal Parliament for Bukit Bendera in the March 2008 election. Since 1999, Chin Tong has served DAP in various capacities and is now a Member of its Central Executive Committee, serving as International Secretary.

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Ethnic conflict is manufactured to divert attention from UMNO’s internal strife

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director Liew Chin Tong on 2nd September 2014 The increased political temperature centered around racial talks and the recent persecution spree of opposition leaders, civil society leaders and academics, and even the volunteer patrol teams in Penang are similar to the atmosphere during Operasi Lalang in 1987. The… Read More

Development in Johor needs to be holistic and balanced

Merdeka Day Message by DAP Johor Chairman Liew Chin Tong on 30th August 2014 On behalf of the Democratic Action Party Johor State Committee, I would like to wish all Malaysian citizens especially Johoreans a very pleasant and spiritually uplifting Merdeka Day. The year has thus far seen multiple disasters and calamities at a scale… Read More

He helped rid two PMs, will Pak Lah be next?

Is Pak Lah the third prime minister to be brought down by Dr Mahathir Mohamad? Not only did Mahathir send off three of his four deputies – Musa Hitam, Ghafar Baba and Anwar Ibrahim – in his half-a-century political career, he has contributed to the downfall of two of the three Malaysian prime ministers –… Read More

Is Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia a spokesperson for MRCB?

I call on Minister of Works Datuk Fadilah Yusof to explain the roles of Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia in the CIQ toll hike. Is LLM or even the Ministry of Works and, by implication, the entire Barisan Nasional government, a mere spokesperson for Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB)? The Edge Weekly reported in its latest issue… Read More

Abdullah Badawi was a better PM, says DAP MP

Former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was a better prime minister than his successor Najib Abdul Razak, says DAP’s Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong. Liew (right) said at very least, Abdullah had a clearer vision of the country’s future although he failed “miserably” to see it through, such as his attempts to reform the police… Read More

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    Ethnic conflict is manufactured to divert attention from UMNO’s internal strife

    Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director Liew Chin Tong on 2nd September 2014

    The increased political temperature centered around racial talks and the recent persecution spree of opposition leaders, civil society leaders and academics, and even the volunteer patrol teams in Penang are similar to the atmosphere during Operasi Lalang in 1987.

    The latest comment by Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the Segambut UMNO Annual General Meeting yesterday reflects the sentiment of UMNO’s hawks. He said that non-Malays were increasingly arrogant. "We allowed them to be indebted to us without needing them to pay it back; they are now insulting Islam and the Malays under the pretence of democracy, freedom of speech, and globalisation."

    It has been UMNO’s modus operadi to galvanise its hard core base by focusing on the 3R agenda (race, religion and royalty) and to drive a wedge between the Malays and non-Malays.

    Interestingly, Zahid noted that there were now Malays joining DAP.

    Since the withdrawal of support for Najib’s premiership by former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Dr. Mahathir’s comment that Najib fared worse than Tun Abdullah Badawi, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been under tremendous strees and challenges from the extremist lobby.

    Dr. Mahathir’s calibrated his attack on the eve of the season of UMNO divisional general meetings, which will be followed by the National Annual General Assembly, inflicting huge damage on Najib in the eyes of the UMNO faithful. His formula is simple: create fear among the Malays and rule with an iron fist.

    Najib and Zahid are dancing to the tune of Mahathir and the hawks. Indeed, Zahid is now notoriously a hawk himself. Zahid is paving the ground for an Ops Lalang-like attack on the Opposition to divert attention on internal UMNO strife. In April 1987, UMNO had its most divisive party election which saw Dr. Mahathir winning with only 43 votes against Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah at the presidential election. On 27th October 1987, 106 senior politicians and activists were detained under the Internal Security Act.

    The fear unleashed through ISA or prosecutions under the Sedition Act is meant to disarm dissent both within UMNO and outside the ruling coalition.

    Hence we must be clear:

    First, the fault-line in Malaysian politics is not that of between the Malays and the non-Malays but between old politics of fear, greed and corruption and the new politics of reforms. There are non-Malays who are corrupt and there are many Malays who are supportive of new politics.

    Second, UMNO fears democracy and freedom of speech. Democracy and freedom of speech are threatening autocrats but not the pride and dignity of any ethnic group.

    Third, DAP is a party for all and not representative of non-Malays. DAP represents all Malaysians and if more and more Malays and Bumiputra become part of DAP, UMNO will not have its whipping boy anymore. If UMNO is not able to paint DAP as a non-Malay champion, UMNO would have no more reason to exist as its sole legitimacy now lies in its claim to “defend” the Malays against the threat of the DAP.

    Fourth, the future of Malaysia will be determined by whether most Malaysians can see beyond ethnic boundaries to see a shared destiny and fate of all Malaysians especially in terms of a prosperous economy for all and not just UMNO cronies.

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    PENGUMUMAN!

    Forum PERPADUAN RAKYAT: Kemana Hala Tuju Kita Pasca 57?

    TARIKH : 6 September 2014 (Sabtu)

    MASA & LOKASI :
    > 4.00 ptg di Hotel Crystal Inn, Batu Pahat
    > 8.30 mlm di Pusat Komuniti Kluang

    AHLI PANEL :
    1- YB Liew Chin Tong (Ahli Parlimen Kluang)
    2- Sdr Suhaizan Kayat (Ketua Pemuda PAS M'sia)
    3- Prof Tajuddin (Pensyarah UTM)
    4- Sdr Hasmi Hashim (Aktivis seni dan budaya)

    ANJURAN : DAP Batu Pahat & Diskusi Ujong Tanah

    Forum dianjurkan bersempena sambutan hari kemerdekaan Malaysia kali ke-57. Meskipun kita telah merdeka, namun rakyat masih dihantui dengan rasa prejudis, kebencian antara kaum, himpitan kos sara hidup dan sebagainya.

    Justeru, 57 tahun Malaysia merdeka, apa lagi yang diperlukan bagi memastikan Malaysia terus sejahtera didiami oleh seluruh rakyatnya yang pelbagai kaum, agama, bahasa dan budaya?

    Ikuti forum ini bagi mendapatkan jawapan dan mencerna idea serta pandangan.

    Ayuh! Like & Share kepada semua.

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    Attended the Hakka-Kelapa Sawit Art Festival at Kelapa Sawit, Kulai with Senai assemblyperson Wong Shu Qi and Mengkibol assemblyperson Tan Hong Pin on National Day afternoon.

    The event attracted over 10,000 attendees. Now, locals have a new sense of purpose to create new life for Kelapa Sawit through their efforts.

    Grassroots participation is the key to create a vibrant community life.

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    make no mistake that we are still fighting an authoritarian regime prepared to destroy any democratic expression of dissent through brute force

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    Zahid: PAS' Unit Amal to face action as well

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    UPDATED 3.13PM ‘I'm sure police will act on Unit Amal’, says the home minister.