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Parliamentary Speech, 8th March 2018 – First Session of Parliament

I am thankful for this opportunity to deliver my speech on the motion of thanks for the royal address by His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Before I continue my speech, I request the permission of my friends on this side and over on that side as I have many issues to debate; therefore, I will not have time to give way to interventions.

I wish to take this opportunity to raise several issues which will give a more accurate picture of Barisan Nasional (BN)’s track record under the leadership of The Hon. Prime Minister (MP for Pekan) approaching GE14, so that the rakyat can know the truth about BN’s track record.

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In Najib’s economy, the rich get richer and buy more Mercedes and BMWs

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang and Assistant National Director for Political Education for the DAP, on the 27th of February 2018

There has always been this disconnect between the healthy GDP growth figures which Najib and his cabinet like to talk about and the feeling among the people on the street that life is not improving for them. When I examine the car sales figures over the past 5 years, it shows that under Najib’s economy, the rich get richer and buy more Mercedes’ and BMWs while those in the B40 cannot afford to buy cars.

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Analysing Malaysia’s Development Expenditure (DE) in the Federal Budget

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Head of the Penang Institute in Kuala Lumpur, and Darshan Joshi, Research Analyst at the Penang Institute in Kuala Lumpur, on the 21st of February 2018

The recent call[1] by noted economist KS Jomo to slash the development expenditure (DE) allocated to the Prime Minister’s department and to scrutinize big infrastructure projects such as the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) is a timely reminder of an issue that has been previously raised by opposition members of parliament. But what has been lacking thus far is a more systematic analysis of the details of the development expenditure, especially under Prime Minister Najib’s tenure as Finance Minister, and specifically, the DE allocated to the Prime Minister’s Department.

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