Monday, November 1, 2010

Launching of "DVD" in Sitiawan

On 25th August2010 the Perak state Government formally announced the cancellation of intended acquisition of Indian Heritage land in Sitiawan. Public out cry, demonstrations and the subsequent arrest by the police was well documented via "DVD".
I was invited to speak at the launching of the said "DVD". My speech as follows: 

To bring about a second and bigger political tsunami in the next general election, the Indian voters shall have to again play their kingmaker role.
 

In the 2008 elections, the Indians” support for the Opposition has helped to bring about the political tsunami which dealt the Barisan Nasional its unprecedented electoral debacle.

The Indian voters have played the kingmaker role.

But of late, public opinion surveys have shown that the Indian support for Pakatan Rakyat is wavering. 

In the Bagan Pinang and Hulu Selangor by elections, the results have shown that there was an obvious swing of Indian support for the Barisan Nasional candidates. 

It is not an exaggeration to say that if the Indian support for the Opposition continues to decline, then our twin objectives to recapture Perak state power and to win Federal power in the next general election will be very much affected.

Hence, Pakatan Rakyat must identify the reasons for the Indian voter swing in favour of BN and implement effective strategies, plans and policies to arrest the decline and win back the much needed support.

In fact, PR’s aim must not only be to arrest the decline, but we must go all out to ensure that there will be even increased Indian support for PR compared to the 2008 general election.

Tonight’s meeting is therefore called to discuss proposals on PR strategies and policies specially for the purpose of winning greater Indian support in the coming general election that is strongly speculated to be held within 6 months.

I will propose that the very first thing that we should discuss is on policies of the PR state governments.

Lets discuss whether correct or enough policies for the benefits of the Indians have been implemented and what are the areas and weaknesses which need to be addressed.

Let’s also identify and propose new policies which should be implemented, be they short or long term policies.

It is very clear that the people‘s yearn for political change and the support for PR is still very strong.

But the 2008 political tsunami was made possible because of the king maker role of the Indian voters.
To bring about a second and bigger political tsunami in the next general election, the Indian voters shall have to again play their kingmaker role.
It is therefore imperative for us to ensure that the Indians will continue to play their kingmaker role.
29/10/10 

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