January 25, 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians should not fear speaking out or criticising the Government if it is done constructively, said Centre for Public Policy Studies chairman Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam.
The moderation advocate said that no government can serve its people well without listening to the people and seriously addressing the burning issues of the day as well as of the future.
“It is a shame that many Malaysians are still fearful of speaking their minds.
“I write because I believe that you are all convinced that open discussions are vital for a healthy democracy,” he said in his speech when launching his book, Malaysia’s Transformation Challenges – Debating Public Policies in conjunction with the 19th Malaysia Strategic Outlook Conference 2017 here yesterday.
Ramon, who is also the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) director, said there needs to be more free and professional debates on national public policies.
“I don’t think the Government will arrest millions of people or everyone who speaks up.
“Maybe there is some selective injustice but people should speak up more,” he said.
The former Transport Ministry secretary-general also said that there is a dire need to reject rising racial and religious extremism threatening the nation’s secular status.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, who launched the book and event, praised Ramon for his candid insight and acknowledged that there were people who played divisive political games.
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