Is the embargo on the delimitation exercise issued by the Speaker this morning intended to stifle the upcoming court challenges against the Election Commission?

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang and Assistant National Director for Political Education for the DAP, on the 22nd of March 2018

There were a few unprecedented activities which took place in parliament this morning.

Firstly, the full order paper was not given to the MPs or uploaded to the parliament website until it was past 10am.

Secondly, when the full order paper was released, it was clearly stated that the date of tabling (‘tarikh dibentangkan’) for the Delimitation Exercise Report was the 22nd of March 2018.

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A book for all aspiring young politicians

Book Review by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang and Assistant National Director for Political Education for the DAP, on the 18th of March 2018

Most of my colleagues in the DAP who were elected into office for the first time in the 2008 and 2013 general elections did not grow up thinking that they would be state assembly representatives or Members of Parliament. None of my friends grew up thinking that they wanted to be the next Prime Minister of Malaysia. But since the tsunami elections of 2008, many more people in the younger generation can imagine themselves being elected representatives. More of them are interning and working for elected officials both in the Barisan Nasional as well as Pakatan Harapan. Public policy is being discussed and debated more rigorously among students via events such as the Model United Nations and public policy competitions such as the Malaysian Public Policy Competition (MPPC).

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The future of KTM is bleak

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Head of Penang Institute in Kuala Lumpur on the 13th of March 2018

With much recent attention on new public transportation projects such as the LRT Line 3, the MRT Lines 2 and 3, the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) and the KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR), the oldest rail operator in the country, KTM has been largely ignored even though it provides important connectivity within the Klang Valley and is  a major form of inter-city public transportation.

This report by Penang Institute in KL examines in detail the current performance of KTM, the challenges faced as well as the future prospects of the rail operator. In summary, the performance of KTM across all service offerings, with the exception of the ETS, has been declining.

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