Saturday, September 25, 2010

DAP supports the stand that there must be zero tolerance towards racism. Hence we will not allow the government’s “zero tolerance towards racism” decl

Just finished my proposed speech for tonight for the Karak people. I am going to be be driven by supporters to Karak, Pahang any time now. I was in Taiping this morning to attend to 1) a case where a girl who was cheated of marriage. 2) an accident case where the the guilty party a doctor refuced to give any form of help to the victim!
My draft speech for tonight is as follows: Happy reading
1. DAP supports the stand that there must be zero tolerance towards racism. Hence we will not allow the government’s “zero tolerance towards racism” declaration become “zero action towards racism”.
Recently a member of the public asked me why government has declared 1 Malaysia Day as a public holiday. He has mistaken Malaysia Day as 1 Malaysia Day.
Another public said a foreign friend asked him if 1 Malaysia is Malaysia’s new name.
These show how good the government is in publicing a political slogan.
But what benefits has 1 Malaysia slogan and concept brought to Malaysians since it was introduced more than a year ago by the Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib?
Has 1 Malaysia brought about real, concrete, quick and significant changes which Malaysians yearn for?

Has 1 Malaysia made all Malaysians feel that they and their children have equal place and opportunities under the Malaysian sun?

The answer is obvious.1 Malaysia is just a slogan.
Despite all the beautiful talk by the Prime Minister about 1 Malaysia, he cannot walk his talk. Even on the simple , clear cut issue of racism, the Prime Minister's former special aide and the school heads who had made racist and anti 1 Malaysia remarks were not penalised .
Datuk Safar Nasir has not been prosecuted in court though he had made offensive and anti-1Malaysia statements early this year by labelling Indians and Chinese in Malaysia as “pendatang” and saying that “Indians came to Malaysia as beggars and Chinese especially the women came to sell their bodies (jual tubuh)”;
He had also threatened to revoke the citizenship of those vocal about the issue of SPM subject cap.

On Aug 12, Siti Aishah Mansor, the school principal of SMK Tunku Abdual Rahamn Putra from Kulaijaya, Johor, was allegedly to have used racist remarks against non-Malay students during the launch of the school’s Merdeka celebrations.
It was reported that she allegedly told the school assembly that the Chinese could go back to China and that the Indians looked like “dogs” when they wore their prayer strings.
In another incident which happened last month, Ungku Aznan Ungku Ismail, the principal of SMK Bukit Selambau was also alleged to have uttered “Balik Cina” remarks against Chinese students.

But despite the Prime Minister’s declaration that there must be zero tolerance towards racism and that actions will be taken against the culprits, zero tolerance has turned out to be zero action.
The Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin said that it was not under his jurisdiction and he therefore could not take action against the two school heads who made racist remarks.
If Muhyiddin was trying to give an excuse, he has certainly given a terrible one.
If such an answer can be accepted, then I will not be surprised that in future, if queried why ISA, sedition act or any draconian law has been invoked to suppress freedom of speech or voice of dissent, Muhyiddin may reply that it is the Police which invokes the act and it is not under his jurisdiction!
Surely the Cabinet, the Prime Minister or the deputy Prime Minister can direct the enforcing authority, the Public Service Department to act swiftly, sternly and fairly.
No wonder there is now cynical public talk that nowadays, it seems that when quick and effective actions are needed, they are not forth coming. But when no quick action is needed, the reverse can happen.
The Inspector General of Police has recently admitted that if thorough probe have been conducted in the earlier police reports lodged against the Sosilawati killings main suspects, the recent killings could have been avoided.
Then when the problem of 9 dogs which have turned aggressive due to hunger could have been easily solved by feeding them, they were put to sleep. Such quick and effective solution!
DAP supports the stand that there must be zero tolerance towards racism. Hence we will not allow the government’s “zero tolerance towards racism” declaration become “zero action towards racism”.
DAP is prepared to raise the issue in the Parliament and DAP parliamentary leader Sdr Lim Kit Siang has announced that a parliamentary motion will be moved if there is no satisfactory action taken against the racist school heads by October 11.
2. Pakatan Rakyat government, whether at state or federal level, is and will be a Malaysian government for all Malaysians
Most speculation has said that the Sarawak state election will be held in October this year.
I believe that if the Sarawak State Assembly is not dissolved by this year, then it will be held early next year, soon after the Chinese New Year.
If this is the case, then we may have the simultaneous elections of Sarawak State Assembly and Parliament as Dato Sri Najib will likely dissolve Parliament after the Chinese New Year to pave way for early general elections.
The next general election is going to be a most crucial and important election in the nation’s history.
For the first time, the people have the real chance of installing a new Federal Government.
It will also be the dirtiest election as BN and especially Umno will employ all tactics to try to stay in power.
Tun Dr Mahathir who has been described as Number 1 racist in Malaysia by Sdr Lim Kit Siang , Perkasa led by Ibrahim Ali and other Umnoputras will play the race card and instill fear that if Pakatan Rakyat comes to power, the Malays will lose
Let me say that the Pakatan Rakyat government. whether at state or federal level, is and will be a Malaysian government for all Malaysians.
No Malaysian needs to fear a Pakatan Rakyat government. Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans or the minorities will not be marginalized. Muslims, Buddhist, Christians or Hindus will not lose out. All types of schools will be treated fairly.
Pakatan Rakyat believes in the concept of Ketuanan Rakyat and we will ensure a better Malaysia for all.
We therefore call on the people to rise to the occasion and vote Pakatan Rakyat in the next general election so as to bring about a Malaysian government which can bring about a better Malaysia.

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