As 2018 draws to a close, I thought it would be a useful exercise to list down ten reminders for myself based on my 5 months as the Deputy Minister for International Trade and Industry (MITI). These reminders also double up as my resolutions for 2019 in so far as my Ministry duties are concerned.
1) DO NOT forget the GE14 Pakatan Harapan (PH) Manifesto
The GE14 PH Manifesto is, currently, the only guiding document and reference point for the PH government in terms of governing philosophy and objectives. While the Prime Minister and his cabinet have and will come up with new policy decisions based on current political and economic circumstances, we cannot and should not depart from the core principles of the PH Manifesto which includes a commitment to greater transparency, institutional reform, a more competitive economy and looking after the needs of the marginalized.
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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 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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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.
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