MP for Kluang • Political Education Director, Democratic Action Party

Pig-bristle brushes: Why we must fight irrational siege mentality

When Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry officers raided hardware stores nationwide in past few days to confiscate paintbrushes made from pig bristles, it caused angry, emotional outburst among Malaysians. I want to ask this simple question: Whenever this kind of issue is blown up by the media, who benefits? The propagandists who design this… Read More

How to fight Tengku Adnan’s “power grab” plot of creating more Federal Territories

The proposal by Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Mansor to federalise Penang, Selangor, Kedah’s Langkawi Island, Pahang’s Tioman Island, and parts of Malacca is against the spirits of federalism enshrined in the Constitution. It is also against the historical trend of decentralisation and democratisation in the region. Scholar Francis Hutchinson notes that the Malaysian system… Read More

Petrol hike without accessible public transport will see more motorcycle deaths

The government’s decision to increase the petrol price by another 20 cents on February 1, after a 20 cents increase on January 1, is an appalling move with huge economic and human costs and consequences. In particular, I have argued before that such a move has been known to cause more motorcycle deaths. What concerns… Read More

Mampukah Pas Mempertahankan Kelantan?

(Analisis ringkas oleh Pengarah Pendidikan Politik Kebangsaan DAP dan Ahli Parlimen Kluang, Liew Chin Tong pada 1 Februari 2017) Adakah kerajaan PAS benar-benar kukuh di Kelantan? Adakah UMNO bersedia untuk merampas semula negeri itu? Atau adakah bakal wujud kerajaan baru di Kelantan dalam bentuk Pakatan Harapan dan Bersatu pada pilihan raya umum yang akan datang?… Read More

Can PAS retain Kelantan?

A brief analysis by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 1st February 2017 Is PAS really strong in Kelantan? Is UMNO ready to retake the state? Or will there be a new government in Kelantan in the form of Pakatan Harapan and Bersatu in the coming general election?… Read More

RM 200 billion Carey Island Port proposal

MCA President and Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai told a joint Chinese media interview that the Government is now pushing for a RM 200 billion Carey Island Port plan. Prime Minister Najib Razak and Liow need to inform Malaysians whether this is a private port entirely funded by private investors from China? Or the… Read More

Shifting the Land Public Transport Commission to the Transport Ministry

MCA President and Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai told a joint Chinese media interview that he is proposing to the Cabinet to bring the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) under the watch of the Transport Ministry. Liow claimed that the peculiar situation of SPAD not being under the watch of the Transport Ministry happened… Read More

With Sabah State Polls on the cards, Pakatan Harapan must be prepared

The Star today front-paged a sizzling story about the prospect of Sabah calling separate state polls as early as April, fueling speculation about the possible ramifications of such a move on both sides of the South China Sea as well as the political divide. From what I gather, there is a battle between sitting Chief… Read More

Reframing our discourse: Three questions for Malaysians

If we want to see the end of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s kleptocracy, corrupt practices, and abuse of power, merely expressing the feelings of discontentment and dissatisfaction will not be enough. When Najib divides the people, we must aim to re-frame the discourse to transcend existing cleavages, and to unite Malaysians for a common destiny…. Read More

Is MCA afraid that Malaysians will be upset with its role as the agent for China’s interest in Malaysia?

MCA is in panic mode. The Chinese party that had failed to win Chinese Malaysian votes in the past two general elections is now under pressure to perform. Its big brother UMNO is demanding MCA to deliver the elusive Chinese votes. Hence, it has resorted to the desperate act of vilifying the Opposition. This time… Read More