Sunday, December 20, 2009

Call on the Prime Minister to declare the inclusion of 1 Policy and endorsement of Ketuanan Rakyat Malaysia in his 1 Malaysia concept.

Speech by M.Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman at the Florex restaurant on the occasion of Kepayang Dinner “March to Putra Jaya” on 19/12/09

When Dr Mahathir Mohammad became the Prime Minister, he introduced the " Amanah Bersih Cekap" ( ABC) slogan.

Today, most people will talk about the ABC ( Air Batu Campur ) but not his slogan because his slogan did not achieve much to make lasting impressions on the people.

Ask any Malaysian whether they believe that our country has become " Bersih" of the evils of corruption, the answer will be a resounding no.

Ask those people who have failed so many times in the last twenty or even thirty years in their citizenship applications, they will tell you what is their feeling of ' Cekap" to you.

If the government is Cekap, no one who is qualified and deserving has to wait for even one year to have his citizenship application processed and approved .

Although the new Home Minister Dato Seri Hishammuddin is more efficient in handling citizenship applications and deserve some commendation , but the joke now is that more people may have to " ambush " or "hug" him at function he is attending to make personal appeals in order to get speedy approval.

If the government is really " Cekap" , no one will have to " ambush" or " hug " the Home Minister to make personal appeal or to beg for special help.

When Dato Seri Abdullah Ahamad Badawi became the nation's fifth Prime Minister, he made " Cemerlang, Cemilang and Terbilang " the slogan of the Barisan Nasional's 2004 general election manifesto.

Malaysians gave Barisan Nasional its biggest win in 2004 general election but gave it its worst ever electoral defeat in 2008 general election because the government had failed to walk the talk with its promises.

Today, few Malaysians remember the " Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang" , and not a single Cabinet Minister has talked about it. Some Malaysians still remember the general election joke that the word " Terbilang" actually means " Temberang"..

When Dato Seri Najib Razak succeeded Abdullah Badawi, he decided to introduce his 1 Malaysia concept. So many beautiful words have been said about this concept. It will definitely become the main theme of BN's next general election manifesto.

But whether Malaysians can actually see justice , fairness and equality in this 1 Malaysia concept depends on whether he can walk the talk.

The first test of his walking the talk is whether the Prime Minister is prepared to declare the inclusion of 1 Policy and endorsement of Ketuanan Rakyat Malaysia in his 1 Malaysia concept.

If I Malaysia concept means justice and fairness for all , it must include 1 Policy -- the implementation of just and fair policies irrespective of race and religion.
If 1 Malaysia concept means equality for all, Najib should declare that it does not mean the outdated Ketuanan Melayu concept but the Pakatan Rakyat's proposed Ketuanan Rakyat Malaysia concept.

Ketuanan Melayu concept has nothing to do with the position of Malay Rulers and is not to be found in the Merdeka Constitution . It is a political concept propagated to serve not the Malay race, but the political interest of UMNO.This concept should be replaced by the Ketuanan Rakyat Malaysia concept which rightly stresses the people as the masters , not any one race.

The I Policy and Ketuanan Rakyat Malaysia concepts will make all Malaysians feel they are all truly Malaysians and ensure that they can all have an equal place under the Malaysian sun.I call on the Prime Minister to declare the inclusion of 1 Policy and endorsement of Ketuanan Rakyat Malaysia in his 1 Malaysia concept.

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