Call on all Malaysians to support Religious Freedom for Minorities all around the world

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 3rd of July, 2014

It was reported yesterday that the central government in Beijing, China, has banned civil servants, students and teachers in the majority Muslim Xinjiang region from taking part in Ramadan fasting.[1] By preventing civil servants, students and teachers who are Muslim from fasting during Ramadan is to force them not to follow one of the five pillars of Islam. This goes against the freedom of religion which includes the freedom of an individual to carry out the religious practices of his or her faith.

I strongly condemn the persecution of the Muslim minority in China through the directive forcing civil servants, students and teachers, including Muslims, not to fast during the holy month of Malaysia.

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Uphold academic freedom to improve academic research and excellence

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming on the 30th of June, 2014

I read with concern today’s news that Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Redzuan’s term as the Director for the Universiti Malaya’s Center for Democracy and Elections (UMcedel) has not been renewed. This news report also speculates that this non-renewal was due to political pressure over Professor Redzuan’s survey research which showed the BN in a bad light and also programs which involved politicians, including Members of Parliament, from Pakatan Rakyat.[1]

I was invited to be part of a forum just after the 13th General Election in 2013 by UMCedel to share my analytical findings. This forum was chaired by Professor Redzuan and other invited panellists included Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, the former MP for Temerloh and Shamsul Iskandar, the newly elected MP for Bukit Katil. Nurul Izzah was also invited to this forum but did not participate as a panellist.[2] This kind of engagement with BN as well as Pakatan Rakyat politicians should be part and parcel of the research agenda of any institute or center that examines and does research on elections in Malaysia.

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How seriously can we take the ‘achievements’ outlined in the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013 Annual Report when the Ministry cannot even explain how PT3 will replace PMR starting this year?

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 23rd of June 2014

I would like to congratulate the Minister of Education, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to keeping to the promise outlined in the Malaysian Education Blueprint (MEB) 2013-2025 that an annual report documenting the progress of the MEB will be published. The 2013 MEB Annual Report, prepared by the Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU) in the Ministry of Education highlights many of the achievements accomplished in the first year of the MEB.[1]

Unfortunately, it is hard for me to take these achievements seriously when the Ministry cannot seem to get its act together on the much more fundamental issue – which is to explain to teachers, parents and students how PT3 (Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3) will replace PMR (Penilaian Menengah Rendah) for Form 3 students.

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