PDRM must explain why it tried to disrupt the service at Kajang Bethany Church last Sunday

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 2nd of December 2014

I refer to the news reports of two policemen who disrupted a BM church service at the Bethany Church in Kajang. I have spoken to the pastor of the church, Pastor Nelson, and he confirmed the events as reported in the news. He told me that the two police asked him to stop his service immediately and that they left after Pastor Nelson tried to ask them to speak to Pastor Alfred Tais, the National Evangelical Christian Federation (NECF)’s BM Commission’s Executive Secretary on the telephone.

Short of someone committing a crime or there being a life threatening emergency, the police have no right to disrupt the services of any religious organization. What the two policemen did at Bethany Church is an infringement of the constitutional right of freedom of religion of the members of the church and Pastor Nelson.

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Transparency is needed in the restructuring of MAS

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 28th of November 2014

A MAS which is healthy and profitable is important to our country because (i) it will be able to pay taxes and contribute to government’s budget (ii) it will be less of a financial liability to Khazanah, its largest shareholder, and increase the ability of Khazanah to pay more dividends to the government and (iii) it will provide steady and secure employment to its employees.

The passing of the Malaysian Airline System Berhad (Administration) Bill 2014 or “MAS Bill” in Parliament yesterday is meant to help MAS restructure in order to put it on the road to profitability once again. This bill gives wide ranging powers to the Administrator of the new entity or “NewCo” that will replace Malaysian Airline Systems Berhad or MAS.

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Deputy Home Minister’s parliamentary reply shows that he does not understand the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 26th of November 2014

Yesterday, the speaker allowed a one hour debate in parliament on the Al-Jazeera 101 East documentary entitled Malaysia’s Unwanted which was a shocking story on the mistreatment of refugees in Malaysia. This debate was allowed under Motion 18 (1) of the Parliamentary Standing Orders because the speaker judged that this motion was (i) specific (ii) of public importance and (iii) of immediate concern. The motion was filed by my colleague, Member of Parliament for Segambut, Lim Lip Eng.

Unfortunately, the replies of the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaffar, showed that he is not aware of the seriousness of the accusations revealed in the Al Jazeera program even though he was interviewed in the program.

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