Continue with the Public Park project known as Taman Tugu as a legacy for the Malaysian people

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Assistant National Director for Political Education for the DAP and Member of Parliament for P102 Bangi, on the 3rd of August, 2018

First of all, I would like to thank Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar for his 14+ years of service in Khazanah. Under his leadership and that of the senior management team, the asset base of the company grew healthily to what it stands today. During his tenure, the 10-year GLC transformation program resulted in the strengthening of the performance of many GLCs and the creation of a number of regional champions including Axiata and the CIMB Group.

Secondly, I would like to make the case for the continuation of the Public Park project known as Taman Tugu[1] which was initiated by Tan Sri Azman in 2016. While the overall cost of the project may be subject to review, the idea behind the park is an excellent one. For far too long, many green lungs in Kuala Lumpur have been sold to property developers, often in not fully transparent ways. The Taman Tugu project represents a reversal of this trend whereby a piece of land in the heart of Kuala Lumpur that could have potentially been sold off to the private sector is now in the process of being protected permanently as a public space.

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GE14 – A truly Malaysian Tsunami

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Assistant National Director for Political Education for the DAP and Member of Parliament for P102 Bangi, on the 17th of May, 2018

When I returned to Malaysia from the United States after the completion of my PhD in 2010, I made a presentation where I said that the opposition was not likely to win GE13 but would take power in GE14. I must admit that even on the eve of polling day on the 9th of May, 2018, I was not 100% confident that Pakatan Harapan would be able to win a majority of parliament seats in GE14. The delimitation exercise which was bulldozed through parliament in March, the expected three corner fights with PAS, the seeming inability for the opposition to break through in Sarawak and the expected fear mongering by the BN among the Malay voters were the main reasons for my doubts.

What Najib and the BN did not count on was the creation of a Malaysian Tsunami which, to their utter shock and horror, swept the BN out of office, not just at the federal level but also in all of the states with the exception of Perlis and Pahang.[1]

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The latest figures from the electoral roll show just how badly the Election Commission has failed in the delimitation exercise that was bulldozed through parliament last month

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Assistant National Director for Political Education for the DAP and Pakatan Harapan candidate for the parliament seat of P102 Bangi, on the 24th of April 2018

According to the figures from the electoral roll which will be used in the upcoming 14th general elections (which was gazetted by the Election Commission on the 16th of April), the largest parliamentary constituency in Malaysia in terms of the number of voters is P102 Bangi (formerly Serdang) with 178,790 voters. The number of voters in P102 Bangi is more than 4 times the number of voters of P92 Sabak Bernam (40,863 voters) (also in the state of Selangor) which is also the 10th smallest parliamentary constituency in Peninsular Malaysia. P102 Bangi, which I have been nominated as the Pakatan Harapan candidate for, has overtaken P109 Kapar as the largest parliament seat in Malaysia (P109 Kapar was the largest parliament seat in GE2013).

The top 10 largest parliament seats in Malaysia (all of which are in Peninsular Malaysia) were all won by opposition parties in GE2013. Five were won by the DAP, 4 by PKR and 1 by PAS (See Table 1 below).

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