Singapore Straits Times undermines 1 Malaysia Gathering.
- Journalist Lester Kong was unimpressed as he wrote about PM Najib’s speech to the largest group of civil societies; that the group must work in line with the government to succeed the lasting transformation and growth. There are 50, 000 civil organizations, 9780 on welfare, 9 337 on religious and 6 745 on social and while rest are recreational groups in Malaysia.
- Being the largest NGOs in Asean countries, Lester Kong jeered at the 1 Malaysia Gathering together with Dr James Chin, the political analyst from Monash University of Malaya. The later reiterated that the numbers are not as effective as expected.
- Nevertheless, 1 Malaysia Gathering was welcomed with positive support by the professor of global studies at USM, Dr Chandra Muzaffar.
“The (government) national leaders have a plan that is in line with the federal Constitution. What does the other side have?”
“The parties are afraid to disclose their plans to one another because their plans differ.”
4. Lester Kong reported that there was still a dissenting organization like Telugu Association of Malaysia. Its vice-president, Mr Mahendra Rao, hoped for more discussions to be involved. He hoped the Telugu language be included in schools.
5. James Chin bragged about the Pakatan Rakyat’s strives for justice and feedback on government’s policies. He also said that opposition civil groups are more committed and down to earth. Unlike Pakatan Rakyat, 1 Malaysia Gathering merely wants to establish a support to government’s activities.
Lester Kong further boasted that Pakatan Rakyat will hold a mammoth oppositions’ gathering in January, promising to host one million participants. And James Chin is the mammoth instigator to Pakatan Rakyat whereas Lester Kong is a speck of the dusty colony from race chauvinists.