Monday, October 11, 2010

Speech by M Kulasegaran, DAP National Vice Chairman, Perak State Deputy Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at Dinner organised by DAP Bidor Branch

If Najib is sincere and committed to 1 Malaysia concept , he must ensure that all Malaysians, irrespective of their race, religion and class, firstly will be able to say that they are Malaysian first and secondly, they can all have an equal place under the Malaysian sun.

Every new prime minister wants to have his own political slogan. Tun Mahathir Mohamad introduced ABC (Amanah, Bersih and Cekap) and Tuan Abduallah launched his Cemerlang, Gemilang and Terbilang slogan.

Now the only ABC the public now know is Air Batu Campur. Now not many people can remember Cemerlang, Gemilang and Terbilang slogan.

Najib introduced his 1 Malaysia concept and slogan when he assumed office as the nation’s 6th prime minister. He promises fairness to all Malaysians and racial unity.

But has 1 Malaysia concept brought any significant change which makes Malaysia a better place?

Are Malaysians now more united than before Najib became the prime minister?

The answers are No. Why? Because Najib cannot walk his talk. BN government is still “cakap tidak serupa bikin”.

Despite the prime minister himself having declared that there will be zero tolerance against racism, till today no action has been taken against the Johor and Kedah principals who had uttered racial slurs against students.

In overseas countries, a Minister who makes racist or sexist remarks will even have to resign his post, yet in Malaysia, the government cannot even act against or is so slow in acting against the culprits who have made racist remarks.

So zero tolerance against racism has become zero action. The reason is simply because the government does not have the political will to do what is right.

Racist educators are in fact anti I Malaysia nation building. The government must not hesitate to take severe action against them.

Malaysia is the home for all Malaysians. No one has the right to tell any Malaysian to go back to China or India or anywhere.

If Najib is sincere and committed to I Malaysia concept, he must ensure that all Malaysians, irrespective of their race, religion and class, firstly will be able to say that they are Malaysian first and secondly, t they can all have an equal place under the Malaysian sun.

2. MCA still does not understand what the Chinese want

When opening the MCA Wanita Congress yesterday, MCA Secretary General Datuk Kong Cho Ha said that the MCA must send the correct message to the Chinese community and not allow the Chinese to feel that they are very pitiful.

I don’t think the Chinese feel they are pitiful but they have strong demands and aspirations that they must be treated fairly and equally as Malaysian citizens.

Kong Cho Ho’s “pitiful” remarks simply shows that MCA still does not understand the aspirations of the Chinese community.

In other words, MCA still does not know what the Chinese want.

Yet he dares to say that MCA needs bigger Chinese support so as to have a stronger voice to fight for the Chinese community.

If MCA still cannot understand what the Chinese want, how could it effectively champion the community’s interest and rights?

More MCA elected representatives will merely mean more MCA Ministers and Excos. Only some MCA leaders will benefit, not the Chinese community.

Actually, the voters have given MCA more than one opportunity in the past. But MCA still could not deliver.

Whoever is the MCA’s president and no matter how many elected representatives the party has, MCA cannot be an effective voice for the Chinese community as long as its position in the BN coalition is still “in office but not in power” (Dang Jia by Dang Quan-当家不当权)

The BN coalition is not an equal partnership.

MCA, no matter how strong, will not be able to deliver what the Chinese want, even if MCA really understands the community’s demands and aspirations.

Come next general election, Malaysians should rise to the occasion and support Pakatan Rakyat to bring about a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.

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