Speech by M.Kula Segaran DAP National Vice Chairman and MPfor Ipoh Barat at DAP Taipusam- tanieer panthal stall, Ipoh on 7thFebruary2012
Happy Taipusam- PM must announce concrete policies which can help the Indians
It is good that the Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib is attending/ visiting many religious and cultural activities and events, like Fo Guan Shan Malaysia Chap Go Meh and Batu Caves Thaipusam events. This shows he is getting serious on the need to get non-Malay support.
It is good to hear that the PM is saying all the nice words about the multi racialism, multi cultulalism in the country.
But he should know that Malaysians want not just nice words from him, but good , immediate actions.
PM is not Minister of Public Relation s, but the nation's Prime Minister.. Hence, he must implement policies and measures which the people want, in line with his People First slogan.
The people do not want piece meal like the announcement of building 6 new Tamil schools. They want immediate policy statement and action on employment, scholarships, loans for businesses, etc which the community requires fast and soon to elevate their social economic issues.
The Prime Minister of late when attending Indian functions keeps on asking the Indians to have "trust" in BN- in Tamil "nambike". A very necessary assuring word for the BN by the PM.
Why now? Haven't the Indians given their overwhelming support to BN for the last 12 General elections?
The reality is the BN was affected with declining support from the people in the tsunami of 2008.Over 50 seats at Parliamentary level the Indians form 10-25 percent as voters and BN needs this swing votes to win and be in power. So suddenly Nambike is the central trust of the PM now. If not for the tsunami of 2008, I doubt the PM or the BN will be so keen on winning these marginal votes.
On this auspicious day of Thaipusam, he should tell the Indians what concrete policies he will bring to rectify the neglect and injustice. That the community has been subjected under the 54 years of Alliance/BN rule..