Speech by DAP National Political Education Director, Liew Chin Tong, when tabling the motion in the party’s transformational debate during the DAP National Retreat 2016 on 16th January 2016 at Grand Dorsett Hotel, Subang Jaya, Selangor. (Liew Chin Tong is recovering from Bell’s palsy. This speech was written with extensive help from the Executive Director… 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.
Kita kini sedang berhadapan saat yang amat luarbiasa. Malaysia sedang dilanda ‘ribut badai’ yang cukup dahsyat dari segi politik dan ekonomi. Tanda-tanda perubahan yang seolah-olah hanya boleh berlaku “sekali dalam senggang generasi”, kalau pun tidak “sekali dalam seumur hidup” semakin kelihatan. Besar kemungkinan, keadaan bakal menjadi lebih parah pada tahun 2016 sebelum perubahan kita kecapi…. Read More
1. What are the changes you hope to see in 2016? Ultimately, the challenges faced by Malaysia boil down to the question of leadership and confidence the market and the people place in that leadership. Speaking from the perspective of an Opposition MP, it’s about time for Prime Minister Najib Razak to plan an orderly… Read More
(published in The Edge) These are extraordinary times we are living in. Malaysia is engulfed in a perfect storm, economically and politically. The conditions for a change in the magnitude of “once in a generation”, if not “once in a lifetime”, are now visible. Most probably, things would get worse in 2016 before the change… Read More
Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 23rd December 2015 For two consecutive years the Federal Government and the Treasury prepared the Federal Budgets (2015 and 2016) just to be ridiculed for its failure to anticipate the right level of oil prices. More importantly, the Government… Read More