Sunday, October 26, 2008

Democratic Right, Business Right, Education Right

Democratic Right, Business Right, Education Right

According to <Malaysia's press freedom ranking in free fall> reported by Malaysiakini on 22 Oct 2008, I wish to congratulate Barisan Nasional Government.

In the latest 2008 ranking, Malaysia fell eight spots to 132. Last year, it was placed 124th while in 2006, it was at 92.

Which mean, under Barisan Nasional Government, we located at position 132/173, bottom quarter.

Where is Our Democratic Right?

When I was in primary school, teacher teached us Malaysia is constitutional monarchy country. Which means, we are democratic country.

However where is our speech right?
Malaysia press freedom drops shows government is pressing the right of media.

"The mainstream press made no attempt at balance remarks by the authorities attacking the organisers of two major demonstrations last year which were led by election reform movement Bersih and Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf). The Internal Security Ministry asked some media on three separate occasions in November not to report on unauthorised demonstrations. " (Quote from Malaysiakini)

Let's look at issues that happened recently:

1. Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, Journalist Tan Hoon Cheng, Member of Parliament Teresa Kok Suh Sim, Suaram Activist Cheng Lee Whee detained under ISA.
2. Sheikh Kickdefella held under Sedition Act.
3. Hindraf banned by Ministry of Home Affairs.
4. Hindraf representatives arrested by police while submit a hand write letter to Prime Minister office, including a 6 years old girl.
5. Astro AEC programmed was temporary banned in the last minute.
6. Dato' Seri Tiong King Sing (SPDP, BN) complaints that Astro AEC programmed , only report negative news of the government.
7. Only one BN's MP signs for parliament debate on ISA.Where is the democratic right?

If we couldn't criticism, or have to cover negative information from the government, this is not democratic.
BN do not learn from Malaysia's press freedom free fall.
I give full support to Liew Chin Tong (DAP, PR) warned government on press freedom free fall matter.

In fact, how sincere do MCA and Gerakan support on review ISA?
MCA and Gerakan fail to sign on petition for debating ISA, which mean MCA and Gerakan are "bull shitting" during their party congress?

Fong Po Kuan (DAP, PR) revealed that 23 Barisan MPs and cabinet ministers who were approached had refused to sign the petition.

I agree with Lim Kit Siang (DAP, PR) noted that the situation does not bode well for MCA and Gerakan, whose top leaders have called for a review of the ISA, that their MPs had not shown more support for the petition.

Our Business Right

We knew that up to today, Malaysia is under praticing of Malaysia New Economic Policy (NEP), which is an ambitious and controversial socio-economic restructuring affirmative action program.

NEP launched since 1971, while Tun Abdul Razak was Prime Minister.

No doubt, NEP had improved Malay society socieconomic. I have to agree NEP is a policy which helps Malaysia develops well as a third world country.

At least, NEP helps Malay stand up and able to competite with other countries.

However, the criticism point is NEP had implemented for 37 years, yet we are under "protected" by NEP.
One of its goals was to have 30% of all equity in Bumiputra hands.

How to international's investors will happy with this kind of policy?

Penang Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng (DAP, PR) made a breakthrough decision whereby he announced that the new state administration will be free from NEP.
Of course, his decision was protested by Penanag Umno supporters.

Usually, when we discuss about ketuanan Melayu issues, Umno-putra will stand up and react. But usually not much react from bumiputra because recently this policy no longer benefit Malay-citizen much, but only Umno-putra.

Since a policy doesn't help Malaysian much, why not we review and seeking for better policy.

Deputy Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Razak ready to end special privileges for Malays.

"If we do not change, the people will change us. In the not-too-distant future, we will see all the elements of the New Economic Policy being replaced", said Najib.

The policy favours ethnic Malays and indigenous groups, or Bumiputeras, in public offerings, housing, government scholarships, procurement and employment.
It has repeatedly drawn criticism from non-Malays, who complain it has led to distortions in the economy and cronyism.

Najib moves is encouraged. NEP doesn't benefit Malaysian business right including Malay. As I mentioned earlier, why do international investors must give 30% of all equity in Bumiputra hands?

As DAP member, with "Malaysian's Malaysia" thinking, I give full support to Dato' Seri Najib on this matter.

Where is Our Education Right?

Until today, mother tongue language schools is seriously insufficient in Malaysia.

Usually, we will only got offered on Chinese school during general election. Ministry of Education is always deafness.
Chinese and Indian pay for their government tax, but they seldom got their education right: They have to support themselves by their own money to improve school facilities.

Although Sekolah Kebangsaan and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan is under Malaysia government, but the benefits they get is unequal.

Lacking of mother tongue languags schools, where is our education right?

Why we have quota in local university?
Why someone should awards scholarship but they non-applicable?

Malaysian still have a long long way to go in revolution.

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