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Liew Chin Tong

Liew Chin Tong is the DAP MP for Kluang.

A perfect storm in 2015?

Last Saturday, I spoke at a forum on GST organised by Centre for Progressive Research and Penang Institute (formerly known as Seri) in Johor... READ MORE

Malaysia in 2030

In discussing the issues we face in 2013, it will be instructive for us to find new perspective by looking beyond the horizon to consider the... READ MORE

What Utusan doesn’t know about DAP

Falsehoods and pseudo-logic are being fed to Utusan Malaysia readers and the TV3 audience just to prevent the Malays from truly understanding the... READ MORE

Merdeka also means freedom from poverty

When it comes to mainstream media, whether it’s the Malay, Chinese, Tamil or English press, the political debate would inevitably be framed in... READ MORE

Twenty-five years later, camaraderie in adversity

OCT 27 — The collective adversity suffered by the DAP, PAS and civil society leaders in 1987 ironically built the steely resolve for change and the... READ MORE

The black swan

OCT 18 — Nassim Taleb’s bestseller “The Black Swan” talks about a world shaped by highly improbable events. He argues that most of what that we... READ MORE

Middle Malaysia

SEPT 28 — Middle Malaysia is elusive but it is clear that whichever coalition that is able to win across the traditional fault lines of race,... READ MORE

Najib’s Pak Lah moment

SEPT 22 — Like his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the ultimate challenge facing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is not an external... READ MORE

Towards left of centre

JULY 24 — The ultimate and only game plan of Barisan Nasional (BN) is to destroy the alternative, Pakatan Rakyat. Without a viable alternative, BN... READ MORE

The police’s long farewell to the Cold War

SEPT 5 — The Cold War ended in 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was not surprising then when the long undeclared war between the Malaysian... READ MORE

The RM12b department

JULY 17 — The Prime Minister’s Department’s allocation for 2010 is a whopping RM12 billion, not RM4 billion as some people may have perceived it to... READ MORE

Hilang arah kerana berpandukan peta lama

24 MAC — Kalau diberi perluang menyimpulkan masalah yang negara kita hadapi sekarang ini, jawapan saya dalam satu ayat yang ringkas adalah kita... READ MORE

Our development over-planned, under-implemented

MARCH 13 — Someone from Mars studying the structure of the Malaysian government could be forgiven for concluding that we are a planned economy a... READ MORE

Missed opportunity

MARCH 6 — A de facto two-party system emerged from the polling boxes on March 8 two years ago. The one-party state, however, refused to make way.... READ MORE

A nation in waiting

DEC 31 — Today is not just an ordinary end to a year. It happens to be the end to a decade — the Noughties. I have been in search of words to... READ MORE

Middle ground is battle ground

SEPT 27 — Going by our newspapers, Malaysia seems to be on the path of polarisation, politically or otherwise. But a 10 per cent vote swing... READ MORE

Malaysia deserves better

SEPT 3 — Exactly eleven years after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking as deputy prime minister sparked the reformasi movement; Malaysia is... READ MORE

Najib’s plots

JULY 13 — The unexpectedly favourable approval rating for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is a timely reminder to those who labour hard to... READ MORE

The never-ending public transport story

APRIL 17 — Can the Prime Minister’s Department resolve the ever increasing public transportation woes in the country? The Commercial Vehicle... READ MORE

Cobwebs in our Cabinet

APRIL 7 - Speculation is rife that the Cabinet of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be leaner, meaner and slimmer. Or will it?... READ MORE

Hishammuddin needs a history lesson

APRIL 2 — Umno's newly-minted vice-president and Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was unhappy with the contents of history... READ MORE

An idea whose time has come

MARCH 30 — Those who wish to see the break up of Pakatan Rakyat similar to that of previous opposition coalitions will be disappointed. Formed... READ MORE

The analogy of 1970

MARCH 25 — A bloodless coup d'etat in Perak, a ban on Harakah and Suara Keadilan, police breaking up pre-election ceramahs with brute force, and... READ MORE

Let’s fight it out

By Liew Chin Tong Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera, Penang and member of DAP Central Executive Committee PENANG, Feb 1 - Perhaps it is time... READ MORE

We are all Erdogans

JAN 19 - The Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election result shows that Pas commands the majority Malay support but fails to translate the... READ MORE

My candidate, your problem

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 – Whenever the US Fed and Treasury officials were facing financial crises, they tended to tell their counterparts from... READ MORE

Will MCA members decide KT polls?

JAN 8 - Believe it or not, members of MCA may be the deciding factor in the Kuala Terengganu by-election. By now it is practically conventional... READ MORE

Najib the prince

OCT 30 — While premier-in-waiting Datuk Seri Najib Razak is a household name, few know what he stands for and what to expect of his... READ MORE

Najib misses the point, Malaysia misses the boat

OCT 23 — The much-awaited official response from the new Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the global meltdown was nothing but a... READ MORE

Beyond Tun Razak

OCT 13 — Of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s litany of failures, one of the least recognised yet important ones is that... READ MORE

Insights from past transitions

OCT 3 — 1981 was indeed a long time ago but the power transition then, between Prime Minister Tun Hussein Onn and his deputy Tun Dr Mahathir... READ MORE

Speaking for the Reformasi generation

SEPT 2 — A decade ago today, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was dismissed by the then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. From the halls of power,... READ MORE

We went through hell and back

AUG 27 — Amidst the jubilation among delegates at DAP's post-election national congress, the party is keenly aware of its historical mission to... READ MORE

In memory of Fadzil Noor

AUG 4 — The roaring Reformasi days a decade ago had many unsung heroes; one of them was the late Pas president Datuk Fadzil Noor. On Sept 2,... READ MORE

Understanding Malaysia’s so-called prudent fiscal policy

JULY 30 — Recently, fiscal prudence was also used to justify the increase in petrol and diesel prices by a whopping 40 per cent and 60 per cent... READ MORE

Umno’s cul-de-sac

JULY 20 — Many in Umno still believe that the March 8 election result was an accidental exception. Few bother to take a look at how Malaysia,... READ MORE

Abdullah’s last chance to build legacy

JULY 12 — At first glance, it looks like the beginning of the end for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. But it may turn out to be... READ MORE