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    DAP: Ong Kian Ming joins DAP


    Political analyst Ong Kian Ming joins DAP



    • Nigel Aw


    • 11:32AM Aug 27, 2012


    Prominent political researcher Ong Kian Ming today announced his decision to join DAP, giving the opposition party a boost before the coming general election.

    “The position that the DAP has taken and continues to take on major national issues is consistent with my own political beliefs,” Ong (left in photo) told reporters at DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

    “It is time for me to join politics and leave the sidelines of academia and as an analyst, to help bring change for Malaysia.”

    Ong, 37, will serve as election strategist to the office of the DAP secretary-general.

    He had previously assisted the electoral reform movement Bersih, as well as DAP, in analysing the electoral roll.

    Flanking Ong at the press conference were DAP top leaders including secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, vice-chairperson Tan Kok Wai and national publicity chief Tony Pua.
    Also joining the DAP ranks today was chemical engineer Yeo Bee Yin (centre in photo), who runs a business in social media strategy.

    Yeo, 29, will serve as social media strategist to the party.

    "My mom has rightly asked why I would want such a hard life in politics (when I have a comfortable life now).The reason is because I love this nation and desire to see a better Malaysia,” she said.

    "I have met so many young and bright Malaysians who have left home for better opportunities abroad. If this continues, we'll soon reach a point of no return.”

    Yeo graduated with first class honours from Universiti Teknologi Petronas and was a Gates Cambridge scholarship recipient.

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    Why I joined the DAP


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    Ong Kian Ming, The Malaysian Insider
    Before joining the DAP, I have never been a member of any other political party despite having worked for two think-tanks that were linked to the MCA and Gerakan. Why am I making the decision to join a political party now and why did I choose the DAP?


    I believe that our country is at a critical juncture in its history where for the first time since achieving our independence, we have a credible and strong opposition capable of governing at the federal level. This has been most clearly demonstrated in the state governments in Penang and Selangor which have vastly outperformed their predecessors in terms of delivering transparent, accountable, responsiveness and caring governments.


    At the same time, despite the various transformation initiatives which have been rolled out by our Prime Minister Najib Razak, there is still a glaring absence of fundamental structural reforms that are necessary to spark a genuine process of transformation. Not only is there the business-as-usual way of ill-conceived and murky deals being done — via the various 1MDB-linked land and asset acquisitions, just to name one — we also see a disturbing ramp-up in fear-mongering attempts by the BN-linked papers such as Utusan in order to raise feelings of ethnic insecurity.


    Things seem to be getting worse for the country as a desperate regime clings to power, seemingly at all costs. As such, the time for sitting on the academic sidelines and commentating as an analyst is over. It is time, at least for me, to take the plunge and to play a more active role to bring about a necessary regime change in the country.


    While some may say that I could have continued to be a critical voice in the public sphere without joining an opposition political party, especially in the area of evaluating government policy, there are some natural limitations to what one person working in a non-political context can achieve. Playing the role of a check and balance on those in power can be most effectively carried out by opposition political parties and politicians, because that is one of their primary responsibilities.


    Coming up with coherent alternative government policies needs to occur within the context of opposition political parties because they are the ones who have the power to implement these policies if they come to power. The important process of discussing and debating policy platforms and political positions can only take place within the context of political parties and one needs to be a member of a party to contribute effectively. While I very much value the voice of civil society, I feel that I can play a more effective role, moving forward, as a member of a political party in providing inputs in my areas of expertise.


    Why do I choose to join the DAP specifically?


    Firstly, the position which the DAP has taken and continues to take, on major national issues, is consistent with my own political beliefs. The DAP’s vision of a more equitable and just Malaysia that is secular, free from corruption, governed democratically and by the rule of law is a vision which I very much share in. My many columns and comments in newspapers will reflect this, I feel, starting from the time when I was working in two BN-linked think-tanks — the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (INSAP) and the Socio-Economic Development and Research (SEDAR) Institute. For example, I have been writing and researching on the issues of electoral reform and of ensuring a clean electoral roll since 2001.


    Secondly, I have great respect for the many sacrifices which many of the DAP leaders have made because of their political beliefs including being beaten up, humiliated and even jailed under the various repressive laws that continue to exist in this country.

    Leaders like Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Karpal Singh and Teresa Kok, just to name a few, have demonstrated their willingness to walk the walk during their many years of struggle in the political arena.


    Thirdly, I have utmost confidence in the leadership of the DAP in its intention to renew its ranks and to bring in fresh perspectives and ideas. My experience in interacting and working with many of the younger DAP leaders including Tony Pua (who invited me to blog about education-related matters way back in 2006), Anthony Loke, Liew Chin Tong, Teo Nie Ching, Chong Chieng Jen, Hannah Yeoh, Wong Kah Woh and Teo Kok Seong has been very positive and has reinforced my confidence that the DAP will be in very good hands in the future. Furthermore, I am very encouraged by the DAP’s efforts in recruiting young and capable future leaders into their ranks including Zairil Khir Johari, Steven Sim and Kasturi Patto.


    What kind of role do I see myself playing within the DAP?


    I remain committed to the issues which I am passionate about and will continue to highlight issues pertaining to electoral reform, education policy, decentralisation and other aspects of economic policy. Thankfully, I will not be alone as I will have the opportunity to supplement and complement what other DAP leaders have said on these issues. If the opportunity arises, I will also highlight other policy-related issues which are timely and important but which I feel sufficient attention has not been given to.


    I will also continue my work as an elections analyst to provide insights and analysis to the DAP.


    It will be an interesting learning experience as I navigate the demands of being a member of a political party and to make whatever contributions I can to the DAP as a member. I will obviously have to give up my “hat” of a political analyst but it is a small sacrifice to play in the larger scheme of things.


    I look forward to the new challenges that are coming my way and I am excited about the prospects of playing a small but hopefully meaningful role in the context of bringing about positive change to our country as part of the DAP.


    (I am in the process of completing the final report on the findings of the Malaysian Electoral Analysis Project (MERAP) which will be published online. I am on sabbatical leave from UCSI University until the end of the year.)


    * Ong Kian Ming holds a PhD in political science from Duke University and economics degrees from the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics (LSE). He recently joined the DAP. He can be reached at im.ok.man@gmail.com
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    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    Original First Media Statement (Why I Join Politics? )


    I wrote my first media statement last Sunday so it can be distributed to the media yesterday. Since it was my first media statement, I actually did not know how to do so! I actually wrote a looooong story about "Why I Join Politics" and "Why DAP?" only to realize that a media statement shouldn't be that long. Haha! You can find the final and much concise media statement HERE.

    But if you love longer grandma story, do read on. Hehe!

    Why I Join Politics?



    I believe that we are born Malaysians for a reason, and each of us has a part to play in our nation, whether it is big or small. For this reason, after a few years abroad, I decided to come back to Malaysia to serve my country, however small my contribution could be. Back then, joining politics has never crossed my mind.


    It was until my company volunteer to run a project for Democratic Action Party (DAP) that I was exposed first hand to what a political party could do for the nation. Through several conversations with Tony Pua, the Member of Parliament of Petaling Jaya Utara, I understood how much impact politics could make in Malaysian lives, for better or worse. Even then, I was still struggling to put my feet into politics. I knew that since I’d chosen to come back to Malaysia despite better opportunities overseas, one of the best ways to ‘maximize the return’ of the lost opportunities is through politics. But I was struggling to step out of my comfort zone. As my mom so rightly put it, "you can have a decent and comfortable life now already, why choose such a hard life?" However, what my mom did not know was my love for this nation and my desire to see a better Malaysia.


    Malaysia is corrupted, our environment and natural resources are mismanaged and the young voices are not heard. I have met just so many young and bright Malaysians who left home for better opportunities abroad. If all of these continue, we’ll soon reach a point of no return. Therefore I decided to join politics and committed to make a change.


    I do not want to be a bystander as my country is going through one of the most important turning points of history, either for the better or worse future.


    I do not want to regret at the latter part of my life, seeing my country at peril, just because people of my generation have not done enough and have chosen comfort over sacrifice.


    To quote Edmund Burke,
    “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”


    I believe that young people can make a difference. I am always encouraged by this line of Apostle Paul in one of his letters to his spiritual son, Timothy,


    Let no one despise you for your youth, but set an example in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, faith and purity.”


    Although we are young, we are not inferior, we are just different. Yes, we are on Facebook (and Twitter for some of you) most of the time and we do watch YouTube videos quite ‘a bit’ but we too concern about our environment, the injustice that's happening, the welfare of fellow Malaysians and the future of our children. We have different opinions on how our country should be governed.



    Therefore I am in politics and committed to make young voices heard. I hope that more young Malaysians can join us or at their respective positions do their parts, to make Malaysia a country that is free from corruption, united regardless of race and religion as well as competitive in the global economy.
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    Thursday, June 7, 2012

    Entering into Politics - The Story Behind


    "Why are you involved in politics?" I think this is the question my family members, friends, and many others will ask.





    It's a long story. I am writing this story today to make sure that, if ever, I forget what am I in politics for, it will serve as a reminder.




    Part I: The Beginning - Seed of Love




    It all started in 2001 with a prayer movement - 40-day Fast and Pray for Malaysia, organized by NECF (National Evangelical Christian Fellowship). I was a first year student in University Technology Petronas (UTP) when I came across this movement. Not knowing why, I felt the urgency to pray for our nation. Since fasting alone for 40 days is no joke, I managed to persuade my best friend (Thin Thin) to fast and pray with me. So that's the beginning of the story - I sowed the seed of deep love for the country and fellow Malaysians. Of course, as I grew in seniority in the university, I managed to persuade more and more campus students to join us to fast and pray for Malaysia every year during the Merdeka season.



    One of the prayer items in NECF booklet has always been this: that God will raise more righteous politicians in Malaysia. Being a very practical person, beside prayer, I also tried to persuade some of my righteous male friends to join politics. Well, I have to admit that I was a conservative person then, so to me, politics was the ground of men. I thought my role is to pray and to serve the underprivileged community in NGO works.





    I remember I was only 18 years old when I did my first 40-day Fast and Pray for Malaysia. Looking back now, I realized, I too, can be a part of the answered prayer. How marvelous.


    Part II: Years on Distant Shores




    No, I am not a super patriotic person that nothing else matters to me beside Malaysia. Being a 'kampung' girl, I dreamed of going overseas - to study, to work and to see the world.





    Part II (a): Eyes Opened





    My dream finally came true in my fourth year in UTP. I was offered a 6-month internship placement in BASF world biggest chemical site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. As a chemical engineering student, and being the first student in UTP to get the offer, it was indeed was a great blessing to me. So I went.





    These photos show the entrance to BASF Ludwigshafen site, which housed about 38,500 staffs. I don't remember the size of the site, what I remember is, you need a bus to go from the entrance to your department building, and of course from one department to another. In 2005, I was a little tiny intern there. :)











    Internship in Germany was my first taste of international exposure as they take interns from all over the world to Germany. Here are the pictures of some of my friends there. I spent countless of hours with some of these friends here discussing about socialism, welfare state, capitalism, democracy, war, revolution, religion, and just about anything under the sun.









    Due to language barrier (I know little German), I needed an English-speaking church and I finally found one and attended Rhein River Baptist Church (RRBC). RRBC is a church established to serve the spiritual needs of the American army who are based in Mannheim (a city near to Ludwigshafen). I was one of the few non-military church member there. Through my interaction with the American armies in RRBC, I began to understand what "Democracy", "Liberty" and "Patriotism" really mean. Below is a picture of me and some of my church mates in RRBC.




    During my stay in Germany, I also took the opportunity to travel to neighboring countries like France, Italy, Luxembourg and England. It was in these trips that I foster my love for arts and architectures, which remain till today.

    Before coming to Germany, as a top student, I thought I knew a lot. After I came here, I realized how little I knew about the world. I began to question why in Malaysia we did not learn a more complete world history, different political systems, different ideologies, arts and culture? Neither have we been taught to think critically and objectively. I began to realize that what we've been taught in the schools have been crafted in such a way that we can be easily manipulated if we are not careful. Our syllabus was (and still is) flawed and politically biased.






    I have to admit that before coming to Germany, I was an ardent supporter of Dr Mahathir and his legacy. I read his book, watched his documentary, supported the blind protection of GLCs and race-based affirmative action, thinking that it's true 'patriotism'. (You can see how brain-washed I was then.)



    Six months of internship in Germany has completely changed my world view , my eyes began to open, my previous perceptions shattered and I began to see things very differently. There is actually a much BETTER way for Malaysia.

    I was 22 years old then.

    Part II (b): A Disheartened Young Malaysian





    After the internship, I came back to Malaysia to finish my study in UTP and graduated in 2006. Before I finished my study in UTP, I received offer from my dream university, Cambridge University, for a program called MPhil in Advanced Chemical Engineering. I was so happy! So I started to apply for funding. I wrote to Petronas Education Unit (I was Petronas scholar), JPA, Khazanah, MCA and many other governmental and non-governmental organizations. I didn't get any. Although disappointed, I wasn't blaming anybody as I understood that nobody was obliged to fund me. Despite financial difficulties in his business in 2006, my dad agreed to fund my study in Cambridge.





    However, I still had one problem. I was bonded to Petronas for 10 years and was supposed to serve my bond after I finished my study in UTP. So I wrote to Petronas again to ask for deferment of service until after I finished my master degree in Cambridge. A few weeks later, I was called to come to the education unit. I really thought things will be settled quickly and I might even had a chance to persuade them to fund my study.





    So I went with high hope. There, I saw a nice guy, he told me that the program was great etc and he really wanted to help, but it was in the policy that they couldn't allow any deferment for the bond or I would have to pay up my bond in lump-sump. Hearing that made me realized that I had no way out. My dream had crashed. I did not blame Petronas for that, as they were just following the contract and it would be a havoc if every scholar would come and ask for deferment or for more funding. I understood that.





    However, it was a small incidence in the education unit that made me utterly disappointed with how things work in Malaysia. While waiting at the lounge, I met two returning scholars from Nottingham University, UK. I started to talk to them. To my very surprise, they couldn't even speak proper English! After a while, an education unit guy came and met them, I accidentally saw their results - one of them get second class lower and the another one a third class. That blasted my mind. Here I was, with a CGPA of 3.95/4.00 (if it's in 100% scale, it would be a 98%) 'begging' only for 1 year of deferment, not even a scholarship, but was denied. Here they were, spent 4 years in the UK fully sponsored and yet spoke broken English and graduated with at most, mediocre results.

    Am I not as much a Malaysian as them? Being a 23 years old, I was utterly disheartened and disappointed.




    Part II (c): The Only Way out






    It was just a few days after I came back from Petronas education unit that I received a call from an American oil and gas company informing me that I was recruited. How did I get the job? While searching for scholarships to Cambridge, I casually attended 5 stages of job interviews with this company as my mom adviced me to go for job interview experience. I really couldn't remember what I did during the interview. So being able to get the job, I would say that it's God's open door, or some may say that it is by 'accident'.





    Anyway, going back to the story, I was given 2 options from the recruiter: one is to be a local staff and another one is international staff. Of course, there's a huge difference in term of compensation between these 2 options. If I were to choose the latter, I'd have to go to a country called "Turkmenistan", and the salary would allow me to pay up my Petronas bond in just a few months! Turkmenistan might sound scary to many, but I was so excited! I really wanted to see and know more about this part of the world! Since the offer was great and there was no way that I could attend Cambridge anyway, I decided to take up the international assignment.





    Turkmenistan was where I spent most of my next 2 years. I was 24 years old when I left home for Turkmenistan.

    Part II (c): When Money Rules
    My life in Turkmenistan was summarized here.

    Not only in Turkmenistan, I also spent 3 months in Alexandria, Egypt and some time in Baku, Azerbajian for work related assignment during my 2 years in oil and gas industry.

    Being paid in a salary comparable to at least the general manager in Malaysia, I managed to settle my bond with Petronas very quickly and saved some for myself. With the traveling allowances from the company, I traveled to many other countries too during the holidays. Life was great, I worked hard, played hard. Because of the good compensation scheme, I did not really think much about what I really want to do in life, my dream or my passion for the country. What I went after were money, bonus and performance. I became terribly self-centered. I just didn't care anymore.

    It was until 9th Mar 2008, when I opened The Star online and saw the news on the political tsunami that I realized how I still love and care about my country. They were just buried very deeply under my frustration and disappointment. How I wished I would be able to contribute to the change no matter how small the contribution was, instead of just seeing it as an outsider.

    I began to question, why am I here? Is this really what I want to pursue? Do I do this because there's no more option? Do I do this just because of money? If I were born in the US with many other opportunities, would I still do what I am doing now? How many more Malaysians out there left Malaysia because they went for better opportunities, just like myself and many other Malaysians abroad I've met throughout the years?

    My dream for a better Malaysia has re-ignited, click
    here to see what wrote back in 2008. After more than half a year of consideration, I quit the job just months before my second promotion (when I still could resist the temptation). I wanted to be back to make a change to my nation, so that our next generation do not need to wander around the world for a better future, because the better future IS in Malaysia. I knew that I am a nobody and of me coming back would not help much, but I thought I should just do my part as a Malaysian, to serve our nation, regardless.

    However, before I was back for good, I wanted to fulfill my childhood dream first, that was, to study in Cambridge University. I did not need to worry about my finance anymore now as I could afford to pay for everything. So I re-applied and got the admission offer within a month. A double blessing to me was that Cambridge Gates Scholarship, the most prestigious post-graduate scholarship in Cambridge University, also offered me a full scholarship! Everything was paid for including air tickets, living expenses and school fees! I was and always will be grateful for Bill and Merlinda Gates Foundation.

    With that, I went to Cambridge University at the age of 27 years old, a long-delayed dream finally came true.

    Part II (d): Living Cambridge Dream





    I had a great and fruitful year in Cambridge. It was an intellectual challenging year and I had countless of sleepless nights to finish up my writings etc. I enjoyed most of the lectures, which were usually delivered by the professors who are top in their respective fields in the world. Many of the lectures had greatly inspired me especially in the field of sustainable development and renewable energy. I just so enjoyed the abundance of knowledge there.Here is a picture of my friends and I in my college (Corpus Christi College) in Cambridge.




    Putting personal development aside, what I had experienced in Cambridge continued to make my burden for Malaysia even stronger. Throughout the year, I've met with many brilliant Malaysian students or working adults from top universities in the UK. I usually asked if they will one day be back to Malaysia. For those with JPA or Petronas bond, they said yes because no choice, whereas for those who are not bonded, almost 80% said No or they'll only be back to Malaysia if they can't find a job in UK, Europe or US. Malaysia has become the last resort. For the Gates scholars, it's even more dismal. Out of the 10 who have received the scholarships from 2001 to 2010 (unfortunately none received the scholarship in 2011 and 2012), I am the ONLY 1 who is back. Where do these people go? There are all at the foreign land seeking for better opportunities and a better future. Can we blame them for not coming back? NO, absolutely NOT. Malaysia has just too little to offer them.




    Part III: Hello Malaysian Politics


    After pursuing my personal dream, as I've promised myself, I was finally back to Malaysia to pursue my dream for the country. Even with a strong burden for the country, it hadn't crossed my mind that I should be in politics, mainly because to me, being a politician was too far-fetch. I had no idea as in where to start, what to do, and which party to join. Also, I had been bipartisan all my life. What I thought I would do to make a change was probably community works and joining NGOs.



    Until my company did a project with Democratic Action Party (DAP) in their general election social media campaign that I was exposed to politics first hand. I finally came to realization that if I want to make a good impact in this nation, with the limited things I have, it can only be done effectively through politics.






    So joining politics? It was a tough decision, especially this year, only 1 year plus after I started my own business. I am not a person that go after fame and power, why bother to join politics? In addition, I am already 29 years old, isn't that better for me to find a husband and start a family? (God knows, when I was young I wanted to get married at 25!). Why waste time fighting for a job, of which I'll risk losing every 5 years and getting a pay that is not even half of what I used to get? Will I be able to survive in politics in the long run? As my mom has so rightly put it, "you can have a decent and comfortable life now already, why choose such a hard life?".





    However, what my mom did not know, is my love for this nation since I was 18 years old, and my desire to see a better Malaysia.





    As I look back my life, by the grace of God, I was blessed with good (and free) education, MNC job training as well as so many different opportunities of exposure. What I want to do now is really to be a faithful steward to the gifts of God and use them to bless more people, especially fellow Malaysians.





    "For everyone to whom much given, of him shall much be required" Luke 12:48

    So I've made up my mind to join politics.




    Even after I've decided that I should join politics, I wasn't quite sure of which party to join. I was still a bipartisan by then, although I did hope that DAP will win more seats in the GE. So I examined through the ideology, history and leadership of different parties, and had finally come to a conclusion that DAP is the best choice for me.






    Ideologically, I have always been a democratic socialist, so it fits just well. Historically, DAP stood the test of time and never wavered in its principle. Thirdly, I think I can follow the leadership of DAP without worry for 2 reasons:


    1. they usually make decision based on number and facts and not rhetoric, so most of the time they make sense to me


    2. they uphold integrity and righteousness





    One setback of DAP to me was the party ethnicity-mix. It is still made-up of mostly Chinese and I am definitely not very into a race-based party. However, as I was involved in the Roketkini (DAP Malay news portal) Facebook page promotion, I could see the effort of DAP to reach out to Malay population and a genuine intention top down to make DAP a multiracial party. No party is perfect anyway. So I decided to join DAP and believe that through hard-work and time, we can build a true multiracial party together.


    Part IV: Hope for the Future





    So now, I am in politics and volunteering in DAP. What am I going to do for the next 20-30 years in politics?




    Firstly, my heart is to use my gifts to serve the people regardless of income, race and religion. I believe politician is in fact public servant, we should always work towards maximizing the interest of the public.





    For the long run, my hope for Malaysia is very simple. I hope that through the hard work of our generation, we'll make sure that Malaysia can be a land of opportunities and equality for our children. I hope that Malaysia can be a land where, no matter how big and what your dreams are, they can be fulfilled here; and no matter what your potential are, they can be reached here. I hope that our children, no matter where they study outside of Malaysia, they will so look forward to come back to Malaysia, not because of the scholarship bond, not because of other considerations, but because this is the best place for them to be. I hope for a Malaysia that is free from corruption, united regardless or race and religion as well as competitive in the global economy.





    And now, I shall work hard for it. May God bless the works of our hands.




    ~END~












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