UKM should start having open dialogues with its students instead of punishing them for expressing their views

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 27th of June, 2015

On Monday, 29th of June, 2015, the Student Office Affairs at UKM will call up 13 students who were involved in a protest on the 27th of March, 2015, over the issue of water disruptions to a number of residential colleges in the university, some of which had been without water for more than two weeks.

The freedom to assemble peacefully is enshrined in Article 10.1(b) of the Federal Constitution and the students’ demonstration on the 27th of March, 2015, was definitely peaceful.

One of the accusations being levelled at the students by UKM is the fact that they handed me a memorandum during the protest on the 27th of March (See Attachment 1). I was informed that the students were organizing this protest and as the MP for Serdang, which UKM is part of, I felt that it was my duty and responsibility to listen to the problems facing the students as a result of these water cuts.

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If Malaysia does not tolerate any form of human trafficking, why does it occupy the lowest tier (Tier 3) in the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons 2014 Report?

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 16th of May, 2015

Prime Minister Najib, in a statement released yesterday, in response to the escalating Rohingya immigrant crisis, said the following:

 “Malaysia does not and will not tolerate any form of human trafficking. Anyone found to be perpetrating this injustice and contravening our laws will be held accountable.”

The Prime Minister’s statement is a joke given Malaysia’s atrocious record on human trafficking and the lack of political will to undertake meaningful steps in order to address these serious shortcomings.

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GERAKAN MP, Liang Teck Meng, should be ashamed of himself for defending the indefensible

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 19th of April, 2015

GERAKAN MP for Simpang Renggam, Liang Teck Meng, defended the amendments of the Sedition Act by saying the following: “If BN can deliver the goodwill of the amendments clearly to the people and also people understand the rationale of it, they (DAP) can be unseated in the next general election.”[1] It is sad to see how far a party that is supposed to be the “conscience of the BN” has fallen in its pathetic and disgusting attempt to defend the amendments to the Sedition Act.

Liang Teck Meng must be either blind or deaf or both if he thinks that the amendments to the Sedition Act were proposed in a spirit of “goodwill”. Was it the same spirit of “goodwill” which led the government to charge the cartoonist Zunar on 9 counts under the Sedition Act for his cartoons criticizing the judicial decisions to uphold the sodomy convictions against Anwar Ibrahim? Was it the same spirit of “goodwill” which led to the overnight detention and police investigation against MP for Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah, for a speech she made in parliament criticizing the judiciary? Was it’s the same spirit of “goodwill” which led to the overnight detention and subsequent charges under the Sedition Act against 4 journalists from the Malaysian Insider and the publisher of the Edge Media Group?

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