The 11th Malaysia Plan would make very little impact on the daily lives of ordinary Malaysians as there is very little money in it. Even with the limited sum, the lion’s share goes to the Prime Minister’s Department for political objectives. The 8th Malaysia Plan (2001-2005) allocated RM170 billion and the 9th Malaysia Plan (2006-2010) allocated… Read More
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.
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.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the 11th Malaysia Plan in Parliament this morning with plenty of nice-sounding pronouncements but very little else. As far as fiscal allocation is concerned, I wish to caution the nation not to expect too much from the Plan as there is very little money in it. Apart from policy… Read More
I would like to share a short email and a piece on inequality by Nicholas Chan, socio-political research analyst of Penang Institute. Worth reading. “What you said in the Chong Eu project roundtable strikes me, about the centrality of jobs. I’ve seen in reports that you are talking about housing in Johor too. In my… Read More
Indonesia’s simultaneous executions of eight death row inmates at the Nusa Kambangan prison island is a huge disappointment and a step backward. We are disappointed that Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s nascent administration is taking this cynical populist approach of executing convicts to shore up his political support base. Taking a human life is irreversible. If… Read More
Let me say it again, that Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan should be removed from the Finance Ministry as he doesn’t understand economics at all. Ahmad Maslan came out guns blazing in Pematang Pauh yesterday against his critics, even including “Kesian orang tua tu” (pity the old man) in reference to Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad…. Read More