DAP Pasir Pinji Branch dinner held on Thursday, October 13, 2011
( Spoke at DAP Pasir Pinji branch dinner organized by YB Thomas Su. YB Lim Kit Siang, YB Chang Lee Kang, Dato Ngeh, YB Leong Mei Meng , YB Wong-Canning, YB Sum,YB Loke-Rasah Dr. Hiew-Superman are the main speakers for tonight's event. )
Come next general election, voters must rise to the occasion and vote PR to bring about political change and a better Malaysia for all.
On October 7, the Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Tun Razak presented what is clearly an election -- a Budget designed to fish for votes by creating the feel good factor among the people via
It cannot be denied that various measures like the abolition of school fess, the giving of cash handouts will achieve the purpose of making people feel good.
There is no reason for the people to reject such goodies. However, the people must be prepared to look beyond these goodies.
The very first thing which the people will have to see through is that the 2012 Budget is another deficit Budget and the government is giving out goodies not because it has presented
a surplus Budget.
So in very simple term , it means that unlike the PR Penang government which has made cash handout to the people because of its surplus Budget, the Federal government is doing so by relying on loans which will be borne by the people.
And the government Budget has been in deficit since 1998! This will mean that the people will feel the hurt in the long term.
Let’s not forget that a BN government Minister had warned that Malaysia could go bankrupt in 2019 unless voters swallow subsidy cuts that will see the price of petrol, food, electricity and other staples rise.
Datuk Idris Jala had last year said Malaysia's debt would soar to 100 percent of gross domestic product by 2019 from 54 percent of GDP without the cuts.
In the Budget presented, Najib has projected the economic growth to be between 5- 5.5 %, but such optimism is not shared by many economic analysts, given the present global economic climate.
Najib has therefore presented what has been generally labeled as an unrealistic Budget.
Najib reacted to the labeling by saying that the Opposition is just devoid of ammunition to attack the government.
He said the proposals in Budget 2012 can be implemented by the government and are not empty promises.
But he has forgotten that a host of banks and market analysts have commented that the projection was too optimistic.
The latest came yesterday from RHB Research Institute, which said that Malaysia’s economic growth could slow to just 3.6 per cent next year from a projected 4.3 per cent this year due to the increasing risk of a double dip global recession.
When opening the MCA General Assembly recently, the Prime Minister said the most important question for the voters to ask is whether they can trust the government or the Opposition.
It is obvious now that he is presently facing a big headache—how to make the people trust his economic growth projections.
I am not surprised if the 2012 Budget‘s economic growth projections will soon become the most questioned and doubted economic growth projection in the history of the government’s Budgets.
Without a doubt, MCA and Gerakan which are devoid of issues to attack the Opposition are going to make Hudud Law and Islamic State the main issues against the DAP in the next general election.
We can expect MCA and Gerakan to campaign on lies by telling voters that “A vote for Rocket is a vote for Hudud Law and Islamic state’ or ‘A vote for PR is a vote for Hudud Law and Islamic State”.
Let me reiterate that Hudud Law and Islamic State is not and will not be the PR’s policy and agenda.
DAP‘s stand on Hudud Law and Islamic State is very clear. Our stand and principle is that Malaysia is a secular nation, with Islam as the national religion. Malaysia must remain a secular democratic nation. We will not compromise our stand and principle.
PR has been formed to bring about political change and save Malaysia. Come next general election, voters must rise to the occasion and vote PR to bring about political change and a better Malaysia for all.