Wednesday, January 21, 2015

REPLY TO THE PRIME MINISTER’S SPECIAL ADDRESS ON CURRENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS AND GOVERNMENT’S FINANCIAL POSITION

The Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Razak, in his special address on the current economic developments and the Government’s financial position this morning, denied the nation’s economy is in crisis while reducing the Government’s operating expenditure by RM5.5 billion through reprioritising expenditure. However, the Prime Minister maintains that GST will commence as scheduled in April 2015.
The Prime Minister did not touch on the growing external debt. It is an area of great concern as the external debt has shot up to 740 billion in Q3 2014 compared to the average of about RM43 billion from 1990 to 2013. The Prime Minister ought to have explained the cause for the sudden jump in the external debt. Even though Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) revised the definition in May 2014 to include non-residents holding ringgit-denominated securities, the effect of the falling Ringgit to the US dollar has an adverse impact to the Government’s financial position and the nation’s economy. I call on the Prime Minister to address this issue of the increasing external debt and to identify the Government-linked agencies such as 1MDB that have exposure to foreign lenders or foreign currency denominated loans and steps to correct the situation.

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Source: BN
The Prime Minister said that he is confident the exchange rate will over time adjust to reflect the nation’s strong economic fundamentals. However, the Prime Minister did not address the concern that the exchange rate of the Ringgit to the US Dollar has fallen to the level that was experienced during the 2008 economic crisis. The Prime Minister has also not addressed the fact that Malaysia’s foreign exchange reserves have also fallen during the same period. The Prime Minister should announce whether the reduction in the foreign exchange reserves is caused by the Government using the reserves to defend the Ringgit against the Dollar and whether such a defence can continue in the long term.

EXCHANGE RATE OF USD TO RM
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Malaysia Foreign Exchange Reserves
The Prime Minister in his special address stated that the Government is confident our diversified economy is able to weather the decline in oil prices. He also said that the shortfall in commodity receipts is expected to be cushioned by increased demand for manufactured goods and that the Government is confident that the current account will remain in surplus, although smaller in the range of 2% - 3% of the Gross National Income (GNI). However, the Prime Minister has failed to address the issue of the growing deficit in Malaysia’s balance of trade. The current trade balance is one of the worst in the past ten years. Malaysia has suffered a sharp decline in trade surplus from RM8.23 billion in October 2013 to RM1.18 billion in October 2014. One of the reasons has been the declining competitiveness of our nation which has not achieved its declared objectives of the National Economic Transformation Programme after 6 years under the helm of Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak. This lack of competitiveness is shown by the low current account to GDP due to the nation’s increasing imports and declining exports.
Malaysia Balance of Trade
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The Prime Minister announced that the Government will undertake expenditure rationalisation measures such as deferring the 2015 Program Latihan Khidmat Negara and reschedule the purchase of non-critical assets and would assist the victims of the recent floods by an initial allocation of RM500 million for rehabilitation works and welfare programmes and a further RM800 million for repair and reconstruction of basic infrastructure. However, the Prime Minister needs to address the increasing hardship faced by ordinary Malaysians due to the rising cost of living. It is clear that the ordinary Malaysian does not have sufficient savings to overcome emergencies and the effects of an economic crisis. The savings rate of Malaysians has dropped drastically since 2008 while the household debt has risen to record levels. This is also reflected in the declining growth in bank deposits by business, household and foreign entities. The resulting financial squeeze can be seen from the increasing number of bankruptcy cases in the country.


Malaysia Savings Rate
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I call on the Prime Minister to address the rising cost of living and to alleviate the suffering of the ordinary Malaysians especially the lower income group and the poor by deferring the implementation of GST.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Will Malaysians choose the Red Pill or the Blue Pill?



Morpheus: It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus:That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.
Morpheus:This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. (The Matrix)

Malaysians have taken the road of racism for 57 years because our minds have been imprisoned. A leader may show us a path to a better tomorrow but we will miss the turning if we cannot liberate ourselves from the prison of our minds. Only by choosing good over evil can we see the true path. The time for choosing has come.
  
After seven days hearing submissions from the defense and the prosecution, the five Federal Court Judges will decide whether to acquit or convict Anwar Ibrahim. If Anwar is convicted, he will be imprisoned for a term that will end his political career. The opposition leader said this is his final sacrifice, his last final service for Malaysians. He will not be silenced. But will Malaysians grasp the opportunity he paid for with his freedom?

Whether there are flying carpets, briyani suits and what happened to the missing KY jelly is for the court to decide. The target audience for the remake of the stage production of Sodomy I, updated by DNA forensic investigation replacing the old fashion mattress prop, is not the court. It is always the Malaysian public especially the Malay Muslims. The impresario, whoever he or she may be, thought Malaysians are either gullible or easily intimidated or both. Now Malaysians will show whether they are indeed a timid and feeble-minded audience or they are bold and resolute judges firmly punishing evil and rewarding the good. Malaysians will have to decide whether to take the red pill or the blue pill.

The red pill and its opposite, the blue pill are popular culture symbols representing the choice between embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (the red pill) and the blissful ignorance of illusion (the blue pill). The term is popularized in the 1999 film, “The Matrix”, where the main character Neo (Keanu Reeves) is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill. The blue pill would allow him to remain living in the “ignorance of illusion”, while the red pill would lead to living in the “truth of reality” even though it is a harsher, more difficult life.

Americans chose the red pill when Martin Luther King Jr was shot. The civil rights movement marched on because they knew oppressors would never give up their privileges on their own. President Johnson in his speech before Congress to pass the Voting Rights Bill allowing men and women to vote whatever the colour of their skin said:

“The real hero of this struggle is the American Negro. His actions and protests, his courage to risk safety and even to risk his life, have awakened the conscience of this Nation. His demonstrations have been designed to call attention to injustice, designed to provoke change, designed to stir reform.”

In 2008, America elected a president based not on the colour of his skin but on the content of his character. They had overcome.

South Africans chose the red pill when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. For the 27 years he was in jail, South Africans continued his struggle for freedom and equal opportunity. They fought for the idea, which Nelson Mandela in his statement from the dock said:

“Was one he cherished, he hoped to live for but if needs be which he was prepared to die for.”

Internal resistance to apartheid came from organizations dedicated to peaceful protests, passive resistance and armed insurrections. It came from Steve Biko, Bishop Desmond Tutu, white activists like Harry Schwarz, Joe Slovo and Trevor Huddleston. It came from the Black Sash, an organization of white women against apartheid. It came from students and churches. In 1994 the long walk for freedom was finally over, apartheid ended.

Anwar chose the red pill 16 years ago when he rejected the offer to go away quietly and instead took the path of “reformasi”. It took him from the heights of being the acting Prime Minister to the depth of being the lowest convict. On his release from prison, he crafted the New Economic Agenda for affirmative action based on needs and not on race and to restore the country’s international competitiveness. On his qualification to stand for election, he announced on 15 April 2008 at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman Kampong  Baru, the venue where Malay nationalists gathered to fight for independence, that while the constitutional rights of Malays would be protected, it was time to change from “Ketuanan Melayu” to “Ketuanan Rakyat”, The Eight of March  2008 General Election proved to be the birth of a new era where the mill stone of race and religion which had been Malaysians’ burden to bear was finally shattered and transformed the political landscape of the nation. In 2013, Pakatan Rakyat secured 89 parliament seats and won 52% of the popular vote but was thwarted by gerrymandering, malapportionment and unfair electoral practices from forming the government.     

When Anwar chose to awaken Malaysians to give them hope that there can be another Malaysia, he was fully aware he would be challenging the twin pillars of UMNO politics, the first is Malay unity must be maintained at all costs and the second is that UMNO’s dominant political position must be maintained. Anwar was aware that those who left UMNO would be ostracized and made an outcast of his community. UMNO had accused Dato’ Onn Jaafar, the father of Malay nationalism and founder of UMNO as having sold out Malay rights and his heritage when he formed the multi-racial Independence of Malaya Party (IMP). Dato’ Haji Zainal Abidin bin Haji Abas, who with Dato’ Onn was one of UMNO’s founders and its first General Secretary became another example of UMNO’s punitive deterrence. He left UMNO to join IMP and later became the chairman of the United Democratic Party. He was completely alienated from the community. Aziz Ishak, once out of UMNO was hounded, all kinds of charges were laid against him and he was later arrested under the Internal Security Act. However, nothing prepared Anwar for what they did to him, he was arrested, beaten, imprisoned, ridiculed and denigrated by scurrilous attacks against him and his family, ostracized, made an outcast and labeled a traitor to his own race. The rancorousness of the venom, the ferocity of the hatred and the viciousness of the attacks were at levels never seen before. He is now more prepared mentally but physically he is not as strong and as young as he was one and a half decades ago.   

If you choose the blue pill you will carry on in your blissful ignorance of illusion.

You can choose to ignore and jettison the teachings of your religion, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism or other faith and ignore your conscience not to harm your fellow men or to help him because the “common good” of your race demands that you disregard the needs of those of a different colour or religion. But what are you going to say to Him on the Final Day when he reminded you in the 179th verse of the 7th Chapter:

“And We have certainly created for Hell many of the jinn and mankind. They have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear. Those are like livestock; rather, they are more astray. It is they who the heedless.”

The illusion however, demands that your life as an individual belongs not to you but to the group or society and in this case, to your race of which you are merely a part, that you have no rights and  must sacrifice your rights, your values and goals for the greater good of your race.

The illusion further demands you are not to question why but to do and die. You are not to question what is the greater good for the Malays for one person to control Malakoff Corporation, Gas Malaysia, Aliran Ihsan Resources (water utility), Port of Tanjong Pelepas, Johor Port, Senai Airpor Terminal Services, SMART Tunnel, MMC-Gamuda, Proton Bhd, Edaran Otomobil Nasional, MODENAS, Honda Malaysia, Bank Muamalat, PUSPAKOM, Alam Flora, POS Malaysia, Defence Technologies, Tradewinds (M) Bhd which subsidiary BERNAS has a monopoly of rice importation and distribution, Central Sugar Refinery and smaller stakes in Malaysia Sugar Manufacturing which together holds a monopoly for sugar, hotels and property development companies.    
     
The illusion demands that the individual sacrifice you are called upon to make is for the common good for the greatest number of your race. Your income from 2009 has risen by only 8.1% while your household expenditure increased by 12.1% and 88.6% from 1994. Your household expenditure for housing, water, electricity has gone up by 102% since 1994, transport 94.6%, food and drinks by 60.9% while your household debt has increased by 13%. It is difficult to make ends meet with the increased price of petrol, the higher tolls for privatized highways and bridges, the tariffs for the privatized water and electricity, even your rubbish and sewage collection have been privatized. You have no idea how to pay the increased school bus fares but you will be proud that you have contributed to the many monopolies owned by Syed Mokthar Al-Bukhari, one of you.  

The illusion says your sacrifice in being unable to afford your own home is for the greater good. While you are seeking to rent a house, the rent-seeking elite buys luxury bungalows and condominiums. After payment of the car installments, credit cards, food and other bills you have no money for emergencies much less a holiday while the elites are flying first class and staying in five star hotels.

The illusion says your government has provided your children with a university education but they are not employable. The June 2014 World Bank Malaysian Economic Monitor reports 60% of the unemployed are aged 20-24 and 25% are graduates. Your children hold a university degree but employers find they lack soft skills; 47% inability to work independently, 49% lack problem solving skills, 51% lack analytical skills, 56% lack creative/critical thinking and 81% lack communication skills. According to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 Malaysian students rank 52 out of 65 countries and the bottom one-third among more than 70 countries in international assessments like Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies (TIMMS). The results show the education standard of our 15 year olds are three years behind Singapore, Korea, China, Japan and even Vietnam.    

No matter how you seek to justify you cannot ignore that while a responsible government builds a floor for the weakest students to stand, it encourages the best and the brightest to fly as high as they can. It is wicked to clip their wings because 150 years ago their great grand parents came to work in the estates, railroads, tin mines or to seek a better life.

While all accept that the Malays and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak are disadvantaged and neglected under colonial rule for more than 200 years and ought to be assisted what justification is there to allow Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Indonesians and Filipinos who came yesterday to enjoy these same privileges so the elite can maintain power? 

The blue pill unfortunately, will not be able to provide the answers and will not save you from the rude awakening one day when Malaysia ends up like Rwanda, Serbia, Sri Lanka or Zimbabwe.

If you choose the red pill, you will realize the painful truth that you yourself are part of the oppressed and you must fight for your own freedom and not that of the elites who can hardly claim to be identifiable with you.

Your life as an individual belongs to you and you have an inviolable right to live it as you see fit, to act on your own judgment, to pursue the values of your own choosing. The basic tenet is that each individual has an inalienable right to the pursuit of his own happiness in a society where men and women deal with one another as equals. The only happy society is one of happy individuals. We cannot have a healthy forest made up of rotten trees.

You will recognize that no race holds a monopoly of beauty, of intelligence, of strength and there is more than enough room for all in this country. You will understand what Malcolm X said:

“I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don’t think it will be based on the colour of the skin”      

Anwar has given Malaysians the keys to the door of change, if Malaysians grab hold of them once opened the door cannot be shut but if Malaysians do not use them once shut the door cannot be opened.

What will you choose reality or illusion?

William Leong Jee Keen
Member of Parliament Selayang
12 November 2014
          
          




Monday, August 11, 2014

MKini报道: 银行债案与水供重组争议 公正党九十页报告批卡立

Sources From: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/270706
为了说服盟党关于撤换雪州大臣卡立的决定,公正党已呈交一份文件给伊斯兰党,以阐明卡立不再胜任大臣一职的理由,并把重点锁在卡立卷入的伊斯兰银行贷款案与水供重组交易。

这份文件包含附录在内厚达91页,已经交给伊党总秘书慕斯达法阿里。公正党在文件中强调,对“仓促达成的水供重组交易”产生“合理怀疑”。

公正党也质疑,在该党今年1月发动“加影行动”的数周内,卡立旋即“加速”与伊斯兰银行达致庭外和解的协议。

公正党今年初发起“加影行动”,以制造加影补选让公正党实权领袖安华上阵,并计划胜选后取代卡立出任大臣,最后达致入主布城的目标。



中间人受惠雪州计划 

然而,随着安华因肛交案被判监5年,扛起加影行动大旗的任务便辗转落在公正党主席旺阿兹莎身上。

根据上述《当今大马》看过的文件,以时间顺序详列卡立在解决其拖欠伊斯兰银行的5950万令吉债务,涉嫌利益冲突的部分。(截至2013年11月的欠款,未包含利息)

这份文件也声称,有关为诉辩双方穿针引线的人士,在庭外和解达致后不久,就在雪州政府颁发的计划中受惠。

在《当今大马》取得有关人士与相关公司的回应前,故隐其名。

“2月13日,即宣布加影行动的两周后,处于联邦法院阶段的伊斯兰银行上诉卡立欠债案没有继续审讯,因为法院被告知庭外和解正在进行中...。”

“3月19日,丽阳机构(Tropicana Corporation Bhd)宣布,把本身从雪州政府手里买下的308.72亩地段,脱售给(相关公司)。”

“这意味着,雪州原本拥有的308.72亩地段,落在(有关人士)所控制的一家公司手里。”

“3月25日,卡立与(相关公司)签署谅解备忘录,颁发一项计划予他们,以兴建总值5亿9100万令吉的2400个可负担房屋单位。”

与银行达庭外和解 

“3月31日,伊斯兰银行与卡立告诉法院,双造已达致庭外和解,因此同意撤销诉讼。”

伊斯兰银行向大马交易所宣布,尽管该银行的律师相信该银行“相比对手而言,在此案拥有更强有力的理据”,但是该银行却决定不再向卡立追讨债务。



起诉PNB后可还欠债 

卡立较早前受媒体询及此事时,以“私事”为由避答。然而,根据公正党的文件,卡立之前向党内领导层的解释,却引起了质疑。

公正党会议纪录显示,卡立宣称,“有一名来自沙地阿拉伯拉吉哈银行(Al Rajhi Bank)的朋友愿意帮忙,惟恐防泄露详情,故不便相告”。

卡立被指曾辩称,伊斯兰银行撤告的原因是,因为卡立承诺把自己起诉国民投资机构(PNB)所预料得到的钱,用以偿还伊斯兰银行。

“这个解释不合理,也不能为公正党领袖接受,并挑起了合理的怀疑...。”

“放眼全球绝无一家银行愿意撤告,特别是在伊斯兰银行起诉卡立一案,拥有强而有力的理据,(难道会)如同卡立所指般,愿意等另一个法庭谕令(欠债者)支付欠款。”

它补充,在上述会议后的5个月,卡立仍未对国民投资机构采取任何法律行动。

遭到自身政党质疑诚信的卡立,昨天反挑战公正党向大马反贪会举报自己。

罗查里获赔逾5亿元 

此外,公正党游说友党撤换卡立的另一个重点,就是卡立处理的水供重组交易。它指称,这也在加影行动宣布后仓促推动。

公正党争论的其中一点,是雪州政府在最终的水供重组献议中,给雪州水供公司与商业高峰的最大股东罗查里(Rozali Ismail),总值5亿6800万令吉的赔偿。



雪河公司估价削廿亿 

与此同时,另一家特许经营承包商雪河水供公司(Splash)所得到的估价,则被削减了20亿令吉,因此引发“怀疑”。

不但如此,它也质疑,尽管水供重组尚未敲定,但是中央政府梦寐已久的冷岳2滤水厂数十亿令吉计划却已经获得批准。

委任拉惹柏特拉弟弟

另外,这份文件也阐明,部落客拉惹特拉(Raja Petra Kamaruddin)曾撰文指责公正党实权领袖安华与策略主任拉菲兹,暗中得到雪河水供公司的佣金。

“拉惹柏特拉的弟弟,正是卡立在雪州政府的得力助手——拉惹依德利斯(Raja Idris Kamaruddin)。卡立也委任拉惹依德利斯为雪州政府投资臂膀——达鲁依山集团的总执行长。”
 
“许多企图抹黑公正党的报导,皆始于拉惹柏特拉的部落格。唯有卡立(及其心腹官员如前政治秘书法依卡)知道的机密讯息,在卡立知悉后的数小时内上载至部落格。”

这份公正党文件也提到其他内容如下:

—卡立原则上批准金白大道计划,违反民联减少收费站的政策。

—虽然卡立成功减少中间人,但是雪州的公共设备与服务不尽人意。

—不愿花费中央拨款来修路;以及,

——决定调高商业执照费。

Friday, July 25, 2014

MP Selayang Speech on Special Parliamentary Session: Debate on the MH17 Tragedy

Special Parliamentary Session: Debate on the MH17 Tragedy

The Honourable Tan Sri Speaker,

On 17 July 2014, flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was believed to have been shot down by a surface to air missile near the Ukrainian Russian border, killing 298 innocent men, women and children. It was murder and a crime against humanity. Shock, grief and anger are felt throughout the world. The whole world condemns this senseless shooting down of MH17. It cannot be forgotten. It cannot be forgiven and it cannot be allowed to happen again.

I extend on behalf of my colleagues from Keadilan and Pakatan Rakyat, our condolences and deepest sympathies to the family members and friends of the passengers and crew of flight MH17.
I acknowledge with gratitude the Honourable Prime Minister’s quiet efforts in obtaining Alexander Borodai’s agreement, the separatist leader having control of the wreckage site, to release 282 bodies to Netherlands and for the bodies of Malaysian citizens to be sent home. It was an audacious move but it produced a good outcome.

I also thank the Australian Government, especially its foreign minister Ms Julie Bishop, for her tireless efforts in obtaining the UN Security Council members’ unanimous approval to her resolution calling for a complete international investigation into the downing of the MH17, demanding the responsible parties to be held to account and for the separatists to refrain from compromising the integrity of the crash site.
Although the UN Security Council has called for a thorough investigation, there are still many challenges and much to be done before the victims of MH17 and their families obtain justice.

Malaysia is entitled to commence an action before the International Court of Justice against those responsible for breaching Article 3 of the Chicago Convention in attacking a civilian aircraft. This will be claim for compensation and damages. Although the compensation will help the victims’ families, money is not an adequate substitute for the lives so cruelly taken away. The perpetrators must answer for their crime. The perpetrators must be given a severe punishment, one that reflects the horrific viciousness and cruelty of their senseless crime.

What the perpetrators committed is a war crime. Under the laws of war, combatants must distinguish between a military and a civilian object. Combatants cannot target civilians. It is a rule of international law that combatants must ensure the target is not a civilian aircraft before attacking it. If those who shot the missile were aware that MH17 was a civilian aircraft they have clearly committed a war crime. They have violated International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention for attacking civilians.

Unfortunately, as Lembah Pantai (Nurul Izzah Anwar) has pointed out, Malaysia is not a signatory to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and therefore not a member of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) that is empowered to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Malaysia must therefore depend on the UN Security Council to refer the case to the ICC. Malaysia has to call on the 15 UN Security Council members in particular the 5 permanent members to carry out their responsibility by exercising their powers to allow a complete investigation. They must find the political will not to protect or obstruct these criminals from being prosecuted.

Unfortunately, history has shown that politics often come in the way of justice. There have been no less than 40 incidents of civilian air planes having been shot down by military forces but no one has been charged much less convicted.

On 27 July 1955 an Israeli commercial flight was shot down by Bulgaria, all 58 passengers and 7 crew members were killed. Israel’s suit before the International Court of Justice failed because it did not have jurisdiction over Bulgaria which was not a party to the convention.

On 21 February 1973, Israel shot down Arab Airlines Libya carrying 113 passengers of which 108 were killed. No one was charged.

On 1 September 1983, USSR shot down Korean flight KL007. The Soviet Union suppressed evidence and the flight recorder sought by investigators were only released 8 years after the Soviet Union collapsed.
On 3 July 1988, a US warship at the Persian Gulf shot down Iranian Airline flight 655 killing all 290 aboard. The majority of the passengers were on the way to Mecca to perform the Haj. There is evidence to suggest USA failed to take steps to identify the air plane. USA did not admit responsibility although it paid compensation on an “ex-gratia” basis.               

In these circumstances, Malaysia faces a huge challenge to prosecute the perpetrators. I call on the Prime Minister and the Government to stand firm before the two Great Powers, America and Russia in demanding justice for the victims of MH17.

I hope US President Barrack Obama will act in accordance with the words of his speech given in Belgium on 26 March 2014 that the United States will respect and will act together with the small nations to enforce international law. He said:
“And our enduring strength is also reflected in our respect for an international system that protects the rights of both nations and people – a United Nations and a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international law and the means to enforce these laws. But we also know that those laws are not self-executing. They depend on people and nations of good will continually affirming them…so that majorities cannot simply suppress minorities and big countries cannot simply bully the small”

President Obama was speaking about Russia’s violation of international law regarding Ukraine and the pro-Russian separatists but the violation of international law in the shooting down of MH17 is just as serious if not more. So I hope President Obama will enforce international law against the perpetrators whoever they may be.

I also hope that Russian President Vladimir Putin will also live up to what he said. He said no country should use the MH17 tragedy for their “narrowly selfish political goals” and to provide full co-operation to the experts investigating the tragedy. It is hoped that President Putin will ensure no country will for its own political goal prevent or obstruct the perpetrators of this terrible crime from being brought to justice.

We must ensure this tragedy will not occur again. After the KL007 incident, the international community and ICAO agreed to the Montreal Protocol of 10 May 1984 where pursuant to Article 3 bis States are not to use weapons against civil aircraft in flight. Despite this Protocol, an Air Malawi passenger flight was shot down on 6 November 1987 during the Mozambique civil war, the on US shot down Iranian Air Flight 655 during the Iran-Iraq conflict and on 4 October 2001, a Russian passenger flight with 78 people aboard was shot down by a missile by Ukraine and now MH17. The Montreal Protocol is not sufficient to stop these killings.

The present state of aviation law is insufficient and incomplete to prevent military forces both government and non-government from shooting down civilian aircraft on the ground of national security or self-defense. It is still an era of “might is right.” To destroy a non-threatening civilian aircraft killing innocent passengers and then attempting to justify such a barbaric act by using as an excuse national security is rubbing insult to injustice. There must be a way of preventing such slaughter.    

MH 17 requested Ukrainian Air Traffic Control for permission to climb to 35,000 feet but this was refused and it was directed to maintain its height at 33,000 feet. MH17 was flying over a war zone because everyone from the ICAO to the Ukrainian Air Traffic Controllers thought the combatants did not have the capability to shoot down air planes at this height. All were deadly wrong. If they had known this tragedy would have been avoided.

I suggest a new provision for ICAO to require combatants to declare their military capabilities and to issue a prior warning that the air space is a “no fly zone”. Failure to do so will be a war crime. I suggest Malaysia lead in calling for this change to make the sky a safer place.

The Honourable Prime Minister said this morning “Let us walk together” I answer “We will walk with you to seek the truth and to obtain justice for the victims of MH17” I ask all Malaysians to stand together to bring the criminals to justice and to move as one in making this world a safer place.

I support the motion. Thank you.

William Leong Jee Keen
MP Selayang

23 July 2014