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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For 11MP to succeed, PMD’s slush funds must be curbed

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

11MP: Show us the money!

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

The Costs of Inequality- Not just a case of ‘Poor Envy’ by Nicholas Chan

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 executions a huge disappointment

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

GST: Ahmad Maslan doesn’t understand economics at all

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

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    Facebook IconMay 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

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    For 11MP to succeed, PMD’s slush funds must be curbed. Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 27thMay 2015 in Parliament

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    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…

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    May 28, 2015 at 7:24 am

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    Tarikh:30 Mei 2015
    Masa: 7pm
    Tempat: S21, Jalan Bunga Matahari. Kg baru Plentong

    Jom sambut Hari Gawai bersama kita!

    Liew Chin Tong
    Facebook IconMay 27, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    During the House Committee meeting with Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) representatives this morning, Pandikar outlined four key reform agendas.

    The agendas include the revival of the Parliamentary Service Act (PSA), the introduction of an hour of “Minister's Question Time” once a week where MPs can ask questions to ministers, more parliamentary select committees and the introduction of a second chamber where matters and motions which do not need the Dewan Rakyat to decide on can be discussed.

    “Both Pakatan and BN representatives who were present agree to this, no objection.

    “He (Pandikar) has outlined his agenda for reform, and now we are going to get more feedback from respective parties before we meet next,” DAP's Anthony Loke told Malay Mail Online.

    - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pandikar-starts-parliament-reforms#sthash.Y1F7GGGq.dpuf

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    KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 ― Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia began today the move towards parliamentary reform, keeping his promise when he decided to stay on as Dewan Rakyat Speaker. During the House Committee meeting with Barisan Nasional (BN) and

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    Facebook IconMay 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    For many, Idris’ tenure was the only silver lining for a company that has otherwise made a habit of bleeding money annually.

    In 2007, they recorded a profit of RM852 million, the highest in MAS history, and followed up with RM522 million profit in 2009, just before Idris took over as Pemandu CEO under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration.

    But for DAP’s Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong, a keen observer of MAS history over the years, the current state of MAS necessitates calling into question the sustainability of what Idris did during his time helming the airline.

    “His whole tenure should be called into question. It shows that his turnaround had not succeeded, as what he did was to basically cut the muscle of MAS – he cut the expenditure, killed the morale of the staff, and he killed that talent pool,” Liew told the The Malaysian Insider.

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    The 21 years of mismanagement that brought MAS to its knees - The Malaysian Insider

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    Beginning September, Malaysia Airline System Bhd, the company Malaysians know as the national carrier since 1972, will cease to exist. It would instead…

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    Facebook IconMay 27, 2015 at 7:57 am

    What's the point of having high speed rail when we can't even manage KTM properly.

    High speed rails in several countries went into bankruptcy and required bail out from governments due to over-optimistic estimation of passenger load.

    I hope there will be an intellectual debate on whether we should have HSR or we should choose a different path.

    My vision for Malaysia in 2030 is that we depend far less on private cars and roads. I would like to see more KTM rail roads expanding into the west coast areas currently not covered by railway.

    HSR carries only passengers. I would prefer many more kilometers of railway that does both passengers and cargo so to take traffic away from road.

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