The Future of Freedom in Malaysia and around the World

Speech by Dr. Ong Kian Ming. Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) at the 116th Birthday of Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-haj and the 9th Anniversary of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)

Salutations.

  1. Before I begin, I would like to make a few disclaimers. I was formerly a member of the IDEAS Council back in 2013, when I was still a backbencher and still in the opposition.[1] I have been a keen observer and supporter of the work which IDEAS has done over the past 9 years in advancing ideas of liberty, freedom and institutional reform.
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You don’t need a degree to be an effective politician

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Bangi and Assistant National Director for Political Education for the Democratic Action Party (DAP) on the 8th of February, 2019

Whenever the issue of a politician with dubious academic credentials makes the news, the question that one should ask is whether an academic qualification is even necessary for a person to be an effective politician. My answer to this question is a DEFINITE NO! Let me state it clearly so that there is no ambiguity whatsoever – You don’t need an academic degree to be an effective politician.

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Winning the Malay and Bumiputra vote, one step at a time…

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Bangi and Assistant National Director for Political Education for the Democratic Action Party (DAP) on the 7th of February, 2019

The question of how much Malay support was obtained by Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the 14th General Election (GE14) has been raised periodically since the 9th of May, 2019. Merdeka Center, a respected polling company, estimates that PH’s share of the Malay vote in GE14 at between 25-30%, BN’s share at between 35-40% and PAS’s share to be between 30-33%.[1]

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