28 April 2018

What are Malaysia’s top three problems that requires our attention?

Here are the key issues that need the attention of public policy and citizen action.

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RAMA RAMANATHAN

Civil rights activist

  1. Impunity of regime politicians. Vitriolic and violent persons like Jamal Yunos (The Star), a recognized leader in Malaysia’s ruling party, is an excellent example of the exercise of Malay superiority in Malaysia. Institutional means such as hate speech laws must be enacted and exercised to curb the promotion of racial supremacy.
  2. Rubber stamp Parliament. The backbenchers and the opposition in Parliament and state legislative assemblies, persons who are sent there by voters, must be enabled to function effectively not only to scrutinize the executive (cabinet) but also to propose legislation and policies which are consistent with their promises to their electors.
  3. Political dwarfism. The Election Commission must become truly independent and see themselves as the Constitutional guardians of democracy. We must arise from our shameful ranking in electoral integrity: we are 142 out of 158 countries in the Global Perceptions of Electoral Integrity ranking, compiled by Harvard University and the University of Sydney. (TMI)

“We have become so polarised, there is unconscious bias and prejudices. We do not trust each other.”

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IVY JOSIAH

Women’s rights activist

  1. Racial division. We have become so polarised, there is unconscious bias and prejudices. We do not trust each other.  We must think Malaysian first!
  2. Youths who feel there is no bright future, the mass production of unemployable graduates is a act of betrayal to our youths.
  3. Violence against women is pervasive in the form of hateful and sexist jokes to rape.
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REV. DR. HERMAN SHASTRI

Council of Churches Malaysia

  1. Endemic corruption at many levels of our society.
  2. Imposition of Islamic perspectives on matters of governance, law and social life.
  3. Weakening of independence of judiciary.
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DATUK DENNIS IGNATIUS

Foreign policy consultant

  1. Moral issues. Corruption, lack of integrity, transparency, accountability and injustice.
  2. National unity. Deteriorating race relations and religious extremism.
  3. Economic and social issues. Widening income levels, too many being left behind, urban poor, rising family indebtedness, mistreatment of migrant workers, etc.
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ANDREW KHOO

Human rights activist

Lack of honesty, integrity and competency.

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REV. FR. CLARENCE DEVADASS

Director of Catholic Research Centre

  1. Race based politics;
  2. Corruption and the lack of accountability & transparency;
  3. Rising cost of living