Friday, January 21, 2011

Call on the Tenang voters to teach the " cakap tidak serupa bikin" BN Governmnet a lesson

19thJanuary2011

I spoke at the Tenang Station, Tenang on the occassion of the opening of service center by the DAP Johore.

Call on the Tenang voters to teach the “cakap tidak serupa bikin “BN government a lesson. Although the BN’s majority in the Tenang state seat was heavily reduced in the 2008 general election, Tenang is still a BN stronghold.

Admittedly, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is facing an uphill battle in the Tenang by election. With opinion polls conducted by Merdeka Centre showing that the Prime Minister’s approval ratings among the Malays and Indians have been increasing over the last one year, BN is very confident that it will retain the Tenang seat.

In fact, the deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin was even talking about a BN’s victory with a 5000 plus majority. BN has its reasons to sound so confident but whether it will succeed in its target will depend on the Tenang voters.

I call on the Tenang voters to reflect whether they should give the “cakap tidak serupa bikin “BN government a victory, especially one with such a big majority in the by election. Teoh Beng Hock died mysteriously more than a year ago. The coroner’s court recently recorded an open verdict on the case. Teoh’s family has called for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the cause of Teoh Beng Hock’s death.
This is a fair and justified request.

Prime Minister Najib said before that the government would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the cause of death would be determined.

Yet till today, the government is still unwilling to widen the scope of the proposed RCI to investigate the cause of Teoh Bengt Hock’s death. BN government is therefore a “cakap tidak serupa bikin “government.

The Interlok controversy is an issue that could be easily resolved by the federal government. The Indian community has been hurt and is angry with the demeaning and derogatory words found in the novel.

Allowing such words to be used in a school text book is definitely against the 1 Malaysia concept and also shows that BN is still the same “cakap tidak serupa bikin “coalition.

Yet till today, the federal government is still dragging its feet on this issue. There is no doubt that the Indian voter swing against the BN in the 2008 general election has contributed to the BN’s unprecedented electoral debacle.

Recently, some people have asked me why is BN so confident that it will not face another backlash from the Indian voters to the point that it has dragged its feet on the Interlok controversy.

Tenang voters should teach the “cakap tidak serupa bikin “BN government a lesson in the by election.

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