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A New Deal for Malaysian federalism

Now is the time. From Sabah, Sarawak, Penang, and now Johor, states are dissatisfied with the concentration of power and resources in the hands of the Federal Government, and the resultant lack of economic and infrastructural development. In the Royal Address to the Johor State…

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How will interest rate hike by the Fed impact us ?

Yesterday, Asia woke up to US Federal Reserve 0.75% rate hike, the largest since 1994. The Fed is trying to battle the highest inflation in four decades or so. Whereas the rest of the world, particularly Asian economies, will have to deal with inflation AND…

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Traffic congestion: unfair to blame Wee?

I read with great amusement Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong’s response to my earlier statement about traffic congestion. Wee in an interview with China Press on 30 May was quoted as saying that too many vehicles, about 33 million of them, on the…

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GST is the wrong cure for our economic woes

I am stunned that both current Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and convicted former Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak are bringing back the idea of introducing the goods and services tax (GST) for Malaysia. The regressive tax proposal has been pushed by…

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Why Wee Ka Siong’s policy-thinking is flawed

In a front-page interview with China Press on 30 May, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong made two important statements: First, there are too many vehicles on the road. Having 33 million registered vehicles is comparable to Malaysia’s population of 33.8 million. Second, the…

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Driving cars should be a luxury instead of necessity

I fully support DAP Secretary-General Sdr Anthony Loke’s call for the government to address the serious traffic situation in the country, especially in cities. As former Minister of Transport, Anthony is concerned about the increasingly serious traffic congestion which inevitably would cause anxieties and mental…

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Climate change and floods require immediate attention

A few days ago, various parts of Johor Bahru were once again inundated with water. Floods are not new but flash floods have become more regular and have caused greater damage. Their regular occurrence is both a manifestation of the effects of climate change and…

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Five key themes to move Johor forward

Five key themes to move Johor Forward Upon my appointment as the State Opposition Leader by Pakatan Harapan Johor, I have expressed my intention to lead a constructive opposition that builds on bipartisanship in the hope to propel Johor forward and to safeguard the interests…

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Professionalising Constituency Officers

I had the opportunity to speak at a Johor DAP internal training session for the constituency assistants to our elected representatives. The workshop included 10 experienced assistants, and 12 new assistants who only started work after the March 2022 Johor state election. Most of them…

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