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A New Social Democratic Contract for Asia

Keynote speech by Lim Guan Eng
SocDem Asia 10th Anniversary “Breaking Through: A Decade of Social Democratic Struggles and Victories”
29-31 August 2019 / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

 

Dear friends, or more affectionately in Malay, rakan-rakan seperjuangan,


I want to thank SocDem Asia for bringing us together under the auspices of celebrating democracy in Asia.

It is remarkable that in this room we have so much linguistic diversity and cultural differences, but the democratic spirit is still our common denominator and our shared language of struggle. Your attendance today proves that it cuts across any language, cultural and geographical barriers.

Our SocDem alliance is now a decade-old. In addition to the public faces of SocDem Asia, the people who have laboured silently behind the scenes to maintain our alliance deserve to be recognised: Marlon, Nando, Ana, Shenna, Carlo, Ranee and Mian. Let’s give them a round of applause.

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Resolution against Political Persecution of Philippine Opposition Leaders and in support of UN Probe on drug-related killings in the Philippines

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1. The Philippines is experiencing the worst human rights crisis since the Martial Law era according to the Human Rights Watch1. The president’s campaign against drugs have led to a staggering number of drug-related killings, estimated by government to be at 5,500, and with rights groups estimating the number can be as high as 27,000 – including those killed by masked vigilantes2

2. The blatant disregard for human rights in the country have led to a culture of impunity and has emboldened more violence and human rights abuses. Politically motivated killings of labor leaders, environmentalists, journalists and human rights defenders have been on the rise, with the Philippines consistently ranking most dangerous country for civilians, journalists and human rights defenders3.

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Kuala Lumpur Declaration: Breaking through the future, the future is Social Democracy!

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Ten years ago, social democratic and progressive parties formed the Network of Social Democracy Asia (Socdem Asia) to promote social democratic thinking, practices and alternatives. Since then it is the only dynamic platform for democratic Left parties forging for a social democratic future in the region.

Knowing fully well the huge challenges that progressives faced, our movement strives to create democratic spaces in undemocratic regimes or have sought to expand these democratic spaces where they existed. Where poverty and exclusion reside, we work to challenge and change the conditions and systems that underpin marginalization of people.

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