Monday, March 12, 2012

Vote Pakatan Rakyat, play your kingmaker role to help bring about A Better Malaysia for ALL.

Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at Ceramah Perdana DAP at Karak, Pahang on Saturday, March 10, 2012

Vote Pakatan Rakyat, play your kingmaker role to help bring about A Better Malaysia for ALL.

According to reliable sources, the nation’s 13 th general election will be held in April or May.

The coming general election is undoubtedly going to be the most important general election in the nation’s history.

It is the most important election because it is an election whereby for the first time the Opposition is seen as a viable , possible alternative coalition in helming Putrajaya.

In the past, Opposition would even be written off before the nomination day as having no chance even to smash the two thirds majority traditionally held by BN.

But the 308 political tsunami of the 2008 general election saw the rise of people power that dealt BN its worst ever electoral debacle.

308 political tsunami could come about because of the combined strength of the Malay, Indian and Chinese voters who voted courageously for change.

The Indian voters showed their might through the power of votes and played the king maker role.

With the nation’s most important election fast approaching, the question that many political observers are asking about the Indian votes is – will the Indian votes rise to the occasion and play the king maker role again?

Recently, former MIC president Dato Samy Vellu sadi that we have to be grateful to the government for building and repairing Tamil schools.

I say there is no need for Indian community to feel grateful, instead the Indian voters have every reason not to be satisfied and happy with the BN government.

Just look at the Tamil school issues. There are plenty of them.

There are shortages of schools, shortages of facilities and even teachers.

Despite having lost substantial Indian support in the 2008 general election, the problem of unfair allocation to Tamil schools has not been addressed. By the BN government.

In the 9 Th Malaysian Plan, the schools were given the following allocation:-

- National schools - RM 33.30 per month per student

- Tamil schools - RM 10.55 per month per student

- Chinese schools - RM 4.50 per month per student

Why this discrimination? Can MIC explain?

Under decades of BN rule, the Indians, in comparison with other races, have the highest rate of:-

- Unemployment

- alcoholics

-- suicide rate

-- criminal cases

-- illiteracy

-- drop out from schools.

So why should the Indian community be grateful or thankful to the BN government.?

In fact, in a democracy, the people are the masters and the question of the maters being grateful does not arise.

The 308 political tsunami has shown that people power could break the BN’s might.

It is BN’s fear of another political tsunami that it is now making all sorts of efforts to woo the Indian support.

It is also because of such fear that BN government has decided to do a U - turn on its earlier tough decision not to withdraw the Interlok novel despite the fact that the book’s contents have hurt the sensitivities and feelings of the Indian community.

Hence, the Indian voters must continue to show their might through their votes in the next general election.

Vote Pakatan Rakyat, play your kingmaker role to help bring about A Better Malaysia for ALL.

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