Saturday, January 7, 2012

Vote PR to bring about a Better Malaysia for All.

Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at PR cemarah held at Lawan Kuda, Ipoh on Friday, January 6, 2012

Vote PR to bring about a Better Malaysia for All.

In his opening speech at the MCA national convention held in 2010, the Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib reminded BN component parties of the “four diseases” - delusion, amnesia, inertia and arrogance — which often hit parties that were too long in power and failed to reflect on their own weaknesses.

These were what he said:-

“Firstly, the disease of delusion comes because the party has taken for granted that the support from the people will continue.

Secondly, amnesia hits when a party has forgotten its purpose and the original objective of its struggles.

Next, the inertia disease occurs when parties refuse to implement reforms or make changes.

Finally, arrogance is born out of the attitude of refusing to accept advice from others.

“All these diseases, particularly arrogance, will only result in hatred from the people and disgust in our leadership”.

So the question we can all ask tonight is whether BN has changed?

The answer is obvious; BN has not and cannot change.

Look at the manner in which it handled the Interlok controversy.

It was so plain obvious that the novel was not suitable to be sued as school text and the Chinese and Indian communities’s were hurt by the book’s contents, yet the government refused to withdraw it from the school.

The government only decided to withdraw the book due to its fear that the book’s continued usage will affect BN’s votes in the fast approaching general election.

Again, the way the government bulldozed the Peaceful Assembly Bill in the Parliament shows that it is not committed to real political reforms.

The way the government handles the National Feedlot Corporation scandal is another example that BN is still inflicted with the 4 diseases.

There are many more examples I can quote but suffice to say that BN has not changed.

Despite the fact the Prime Minister has talked so much about transformation and so on, nothing much has changed.

The word “change” is only being used to canvass political support.

At the MCA National Convention held last year, the Prime Minister said the most important question is trust, whether voters should trust BN or Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

The choice is clear—trust the coalition which is committed to bring changes for the better, and which can bring a Better Malaysia for All.

Before the 308 general election, no one ever seriously believed that BN could lose its traditional two thirds parliamentary majority.

Immediately after the 308 general election, some people were wondering or even worried whether PR state governments could be well run.

The 308 political tsunami proved the might of people power that could smash BN‘s political hegemony.

The achievements of the PR state governments have proven that PR governments can rule better that BN.

Hence, come the next general election; vote the political coalition that deserves your trust –PR.

Let’s create a bigger political tsunami and install a federal government helmed by PR.

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