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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Najib’s excessive control over developmental allocation

Budget Speech (Part 2) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong One salient feature of Budget 2015 is the Prime Minister’s Department’s excessive control of the already very small development allocation. Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has sliced away more budget allocation from other ministries over the last decade. According… Read More

Call on Najib to brief Parliament on the impact of failing oil prices on the Budget

Budget Speech (Part 1) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP by Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 28th October 2014 in Parliament One of the “Black Swan events” that the current budget did not anticipate is the falling oil prices. The black swan theory, developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is a metaphor that describes… Read More

Malaysia-Singapore High Speed Railway must be integrated into the current public transport system for the benefit of all

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong, on 17 October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur Public transport in Malaysia is notorious for its inconvenience to the commuters because of the poor end-to-end connection, which is the difficulty to access or connect one transport mode to another. To promote… Read More

Reforming the death penalty

Media statement by Liew Chin Tong, DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang, on 9th October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur Tomorrow, 10th October 2014, is the World Day Against the Death Penalty. The 12th World Day Against the Death Penalty focuses on “drawing attention to people with mental health problems who are at… Read More

Fuel hike causes more deaths on the road, and stagflation

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 2nd October 2014 Without improvement in our public transportation system, the latest fuel hike, announced on 1st October 2014, is an irresponsible move that will hurt the lower income group further. On 22nd September 2013 when the fuel price… Read More

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    Liew Chin Tong
    October 31, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    31st Oct 2003 - Mahathir stepped down as Prime Minister.

    Many thought it was the dawn for Malaysia.

    11 years later, it's still about putting Anwar Ibrahim in jail again.

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    Some 60,000 vehicles use the causeway between Singapore and Johor Bahru, its scruffy Malaysian neighbour, each day. Lately, drivers are paying more for the privilege. Since August tit-for-tat toll rises have meant a fivefold increase in the price of a return journey by car.

    The tiff began when Malaysia, which still charges much less than Singapore, raised its toll in response to Singaporean plans to raise a tax on foreign vehicles. It is a distraction from a project supposed to bind the countries more closely.

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    Najib's excessive control over developmental allocation

    Budget Speech (Part 2) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong

    One salient feature of Budget 2015 is the Prime Minister’s Department’s excessive control of the already very small development allocation.

    Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has sliced away more budget allocation from other ministries over the last decade.

    According to the statistics I have compiled, the allocation of PMD in 2006 was 2.5% of (RM 4 billion) of the total budget. Since then, it has been increased to 3.8% in 2008 (RM 6.9 billion), 4.9% in 2009 (RM 10.2 billion), 5.6% in 2010 (RM 11.9 billion) and 7% in 2015 (RM19 billion).

    What is more alarming is that the PMD took a quarter of the total development allocation. In 2006, the PMD only had RM 2 billion (5.6% of the total development budget) but the amount increased more than six fold to RM 13 billion in 2015.

    While the 2015 Budget has only allocated 18% or RM 50.5 billion for development, the PMD has taken the lion's share, 25 % of the total development budget.

    The concentration of financial resources in the hands of Prime Minister Najib is unprecedented and unparalleled.

    Of the development funds given to Najib’s Prime Minister’s Department, significant portions are of discretionary nature which usage is determined arbitrarily by Najib himself. To name a few big ticket items in the PMD’s developmental budget- the Facilitation Fund (RM 2.5 billion) and an allocation for "Special Projects" (RM 1.6 billion).

    Such slush funds at Najib’s disposal in PMD at the expense of genuine developmental needs is deplorable.

    I will raise the question of PMD controlling so much of the development budget during the committee stage of budget debate.

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    KLUANG, 30 OKT: Ahli Parlimen Kluang Liew Chin Tong menggesa Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) dan Polis Diraja Malaysa (PDRM) menggiatkan usaha membanteras kegiatan perjudian di Johor, khususnya di daerah Kluang.

    Kata Chin Tong, peningkatan jumlah premis judi terutamanya di daerah ini dibimbangi menyumbang kepada pertambahan pelbagai kes-kes jenayah.

    “Semasa membuat tinjauan di kawasan Kluang dan berjumpa dengan pengundi, mereka mengadu bahawa salah satu penyumbang kepada kes-kes jenayah adalah pusat judi atau pusat hiburan,” kata Chin Tong dalam satu kenyataan.

    Terdahulu, polis Johor dalam satu kenyataan baru-baru ini menyatakan bahawa seramai 1,673 individu yang dipercayai terlibat dalam kegiatan perjudian ditahan menerusi 3,611 serbuan dan pemeriksaan.

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    Berita KDN dan Polis digesa giat usaha banteras perjudian 30 Oktober 2014 KLUANG, 30 OKT: Ahli Parlimen Kluang Liew Chin Tong menggesa Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) dan Polis Diraja Malaysa (PDRM) menggiatkan usaha membanteras kegiatan perjudian di Johor, khususnya di daerah Kluang. Kata Chin Tong,…