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Aug022010
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Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

I applaud the call by the chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed for members of the cabinet to declare their assets publicly. This is one of the best statements from the MACC so far.

We give Ministers the powers to make decisions involving vast sums of public money. Those decisions have too often led to bloated or stalled projects, questionable awards of tenders, and inflated contract values. Meanwhile some Ministers” lifestyles suggest incomes far beyond what they could possibly afford on their salaries. Ministers’ assets are not a private matter to be discussed cosily behind closed doors with the Prime Minister. It is not the Prime Minister’s money that we are talking about.

Last Updated on Sep182011
 
Jun192010
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Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

The word “corruption” comes from a Latin word meaning “to break” or “to destroy”. Corruption is a cancer that steals from the poor, eats away at governance and moral fibre, and destroys trust.  Although corruption exists in both the private and public sector, the corruption of the public sector is a more fundamental evil. This is because the public sector is the enforcer and arbiter of the rules that hold us together, the custodians of our common resources.

Last Updated on Sep182011
 
Nov112009
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Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

(Terkini - Video Sessi Soalan Jawab di bawah)

Terlebih dahulu saya mengucapkan terima kasih banyak kepada pihak penganjur, khususnya kepada Profesor Datuk Dr. Zainal Kling, atas kesudian mereka mengundang saya untuk menyampaikan ucapan ini dalam Program Syarahan Kursi Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba di Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris ini.

2. Pihak penganjur meminta saya bercakap tentang soal kemiskinan bumiputera, soal penguasaan ekonomi oleh bumiputera dan tindakan dasar awam untuk menangani masalah ekonomi bumiputera untuk masa depan. Isu-isu ini memang sentiasa menjadi bahan perbahasan dan kajian oleh pelbagai pihak di negara ini sejak 52 tahun dahulu hingga sekarang, tetapi walaupun telah banyak usaha dilakukan oleh kerajaan, misalnya melalui Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB), kaum bumiputera atau orang Melayu masih tetap merupakan kaum majoriti yang tertinggal dalam bidang ekonomi negara.

Last Updated on Oct102011
   
Jul102009
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Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

1. Thank you for inviting me to address you. It’s a pleasure to be here, and to learn from you. You have asked me to talk about Najib’s  First 100 Days, and this lecture is in a series called Straight Talk. I shall indeed speak plainly and directly.

2. Let me begin by disappointing you. I am not going to talk about Najib’s First 100 Days because it makes little sense to do so.

3. Our governments are brought to power for five year terms through general elections. The present government was constituted after March 8, 2008 and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s tenure as Prime Minister resulted from a so-called “smooth transfer of power” between the previous Prime Minister and himself that took a somewhat unsmooth twelve months to carry out. During those months, Najib took on the de facto leadership role domestically while Abdullah warmed our international ties. The first 100 days of this government went by unremarked sometime in June last year.

 
Mar222009
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James Puthucheary lived what is by any measure an extraordinary and eventful life. He was, among  other things, a scholar, anti-colonial activist, poet, political economist and lawyer.  The thread running through these roles was his struggle for progressive politics in a multiracial society. His actions were informed by an acute sense of history and by a commitment to a more equitable and just Malaysia. James was concerned about economic development in a way that was Malaysian in the best sense. His thinking was motivated by a concerned for socioeconomic equity and for the banishment of communalism and ethnic chauvinism from our politics.

Last Updated on Oct102011
   

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