Speech at DAP forum by M.Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat at Chin Woo Hall “ Sibu to Putra Jaya” in Ipoh ” on 4thJune2010
“We will not lose Sibu”, “Sibu is BN’s traditional stronghold’, “ Sarawak is BN’s fixed deposit—strong and secure”. These were BN leaders’ pubic remarks days before the Sibu by election nomination day.
It was a reflection of how confident the BN leaders were of retaining Sibu parliamentary. seat.
They believed they could not lose. We knew it was tough and we required a miracle to win.
On May 16, the courageous Sibu voters created a political miracle and voted the first Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat MP Sdr Wong Ho Leng.
This was despite the fact the Prime Minister had visited Sibu three times during the campaigning period and played the role of Santa Claus-announcing allocations worth tens of millions to schools and churches.
The people welcomed the allocations but thro their votes, they sent a clear message to the BN -- that they wanted justice, equality, democracy more. And they wanted Change. They wanted the Change to start from Sibu.
During the campaigning, Najib ignored his own “People First, Performance Now “slogan and came up with his “you help me, I help you” deal, but the people said “Lu kasi, gua ambil. Bila undi, sokong Roket”!
With his “You help me, I help you” deal, his “People First, Performance Now” slogan should be changed to “Votes First, Performance Later”.
It is quite puzzling that Najib did not learn his lesson from the Hulu Selangor by election.
On the polling day eve of Hulu Selangor by election, he made the conditional promise to the Rasa village folks that he would allocate RM 3 mil to SJKC Rasa if they could deliver a BN victory.
BN got a shock when polling results showed that compared to the 2008 general election, there was an increase of Chinese support for the PR candidate in Rasa New village as well as the Hulu Selangor constituency.
How could a PM make such a conditional promise with the taxpayers’ money? Voters saw his offer as being insincere. No wonder his tactic backfired.
Yet he employed the similar conditional offer tactic in Sibu, declaring an allocation of RM 5 mil for flood mitigation projects for Rejang Park if the voters could deliver a BN win.
So it looks like not only MCA does not know what the Chinese want, SUPP and the PM Najib also don’t know what the Chinese want.
Sibu’s political miracle has shocked the BN, just like how the 308 (2008) political tsunami caused BN its unprecedented electoral setback.
BN government can also create miracle, except that they are not the miracles the people want or are beneficial to the people.
Former PM Tun Mahathir set 2020 as the target date for Malaysia to become a developed nation. Recently PM Najib said he aims to make Malaysia a high income developed nation in 10 years time.
A few days ago, Minister in the PM’s Department Datuk Idris Jala said that Malaysia will become bankrupt in 9 years time if subsidies are not slashed.
That is the BN’s miracle—leading Malaysia to the road of bankruptcy.
Even if BN can steer the country from being bankrupt, the coming years will be tough days for the people as they will have to tighten their belts. BN really means Barang Naik.
I believe that had BN won the Sibu by election, Najib would call a general election as early as end of this year.
With the Sibu defeat, he will definitely want to wait and see how the BN will fare in the Sarawak state election expected to be held this year.
Perakians waited for 51 years before they saw Perak BN state government toppled.
Malaysians struggled for 51 years before the BN’s political hegemony of two thirds parliamentary majority was smashed.
So if Najib thinks he needs more time to prepare for the general election, the people can also wait. Whether general election is held early or later, the battle for Putrajaya has begun with PR Sibu’s victory.
Yes, 308 general election result was a miracle and 516 Sibu victory by PR was another miracle. Come the next general election, the people power must deliver the third miracle—to install PR as the federal government
Come next general election, all Malaysians must rise to the occasion and deliver the People Power.
Make PM Najib the Parliamentary Opposition Leader and Perak MB Datuk Zamry the state opposition leader!