Saturday, April 13, 2019

Malaysian Students Plead Climate Justice

Malaysians have joined in the Youth Strike for Climate global campaign, which is taking place in a series of Friday protests around the world. 

On Friday, over one hundred students from the Sungai Ara Tamil primary school participated in a “postcard-making competition against climate change”. 

Half way through the event, heads turned when another hundred pupils from the nearby Al-Itqan primary and secondary schools, accompanied by teachers, trooped in. 

All had come together for the youth climate event bearing the theme “Climate Strike for Better Future” in a rare but welcome show of multi-ethnic unity of purpose – where they came together and enthusiastically chanted, “Climate justice!”, “Selamatkan bumi kita!”, “Save our planet!” and “No climate change!” 

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It was reported that of the twenty-five MPs who were “missing” during the voting of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 in Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday, four of them were Pakatan Harapan lawmakers. 

The four who chose to stay away were Education Minister Maszlee Malik, Deputy Local Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar, Kangar MP Noor Amin Ahmad and Sungai Besar MP Muslimin Yahya. 

De facto law minister Liew Vui Keong said yesterday this was despite Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad himself instructing PH MPs to be present during the voting. 

Interestingly, among the other MPs marked absent included former prime minister Najib Razak (BN-Pekan), Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau), Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (BN-Bagan Datuk), former law minister Azalina Othman Said, Nazri Aziz (BN-Padang Rengas) and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang. 

All of them showed they never cared for Sabah and Sarawak.

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