Speech by M Kula Segaran , DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at Chinese New Year Open House organized by DAP Bercham branch on Sunday, January 29, 2012
It was claimed that yesterday’s CNY function attended by the Prime Minister Dato Srii Najib attracted 50,000 people. But our sources said only 5000 attended.
This is a clear sign that BN has not regained much support from the people despite the fact that Najib has helmed the government for almost 3 years.
In its attempt to win support, BN has resorted to giving away cash assistance to the people. But this “ang pow ”of RM 500 is temporary and government is giving from borrowed monies. Voters must therefore not be carried away.
I wish to take this opportunity to call on the government to lift the ban on firecrackers and fireworks as the total ban has robbed the Chinese community of a part of their traditional celebration of Chinese New Year.
I also wish to take this occasion to remind the Federal government that Bercham needs a new Chinese school. The present school is overcrowded and the need for a new primary and a secondary school is long overdue.
It has been widely speculated that the 13th general election will be held within 6 months. PR is ready to do battle with BN in what could be the dirtiest election in the nation’s history. BN will surely employ all possible tactics to try to stay in power.
Not long ago, Najib talked about making Malaysia the best democracy in the world. But what democracy was he talking about when public rallies are still banned in Malaysia?
There are many democratic and electoral reforms that must be done if Malaysia is
to become a true and vibrant democracy.
The lifting of the ban on public rallies is one of the basic steps that the Government must do before Parliament is dissolved to pave way for the next general election.