( Speech at Tamil ceramah at Bandar Selesa Jaya, JB on April 28. 2012)
Although speculation is rife that June will be the likely date for the nation’s 13 th general election, it is possible that September may turn out to be the real date.
Many people say Malaysian politics has changed after the 2008 general election.
Today, not only one incident or issue can shift the public mood, there is also the political awakening of our youth.
I believe that BN has basically set its mind on holding the coming general election in June but will defer the date to September if the Bersih 3.0 sit in protest affects the approval ratings of the Prime Minister.
Recent Merdeka Centre survey says Datuk Seri Najib’s rating is at 69%.
This is of course a comfortable rating for him but two things remain to be seen, firstly , whether this rating will remain till when the electio is called and secondly, whether the favorable approval rating for him will translate into actual votes.
With the nation’s most important election in history fast approaching, the Indian community must once again reflect on the kingmaker role that they can play through their votes.
The 308 political tsunami in the 2008 general election had happened because many Malays, Indians and Chinese had voted against the BN.
Undoubtedly, the Indian voters’ kingmaker role had contributed to the political tsunami.
Hence, the question which we should all be asking is whether the Indian voters will again play their kingmaker role in the coming general election.
My message is very clear- we must move forward and move on with Pakatan Rakyat.
We must not retreat.
50 years of governmental rule under the BN is long enough. Time has proven that BN government is not one the people can rely on to bring about changes that can make Malaysia a better place for all.
Najib became the Prime Minister more than 3 years ago and pledged reforms.
But what concrete policy changes have been implemented to uplift the economic status of the Indian community?
What changes have taken place to ensure Tamil schools are given the fair treatment they deserve?
What about the many more long standing problems faced by the Indians like high unemployment, crime rate, school drop out etc?
Corruption in the country is still rampant and in fact, in terms of efforts to combat against the nation is doing worse under the present Prime Minister.
The Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2011 released last December showed that Malaysia has fallen to the lowest TI CPI ranking of No. 60, with the lowest CPI score of 4.3.
It is estimated that due to leakages, corruption and shoddy procurement we loose yearly over RM 28 billion. Global Financial Integrity (GFI) reported that illicit money outflows from Malaysia amounts to RM888 billion over 9 years from 2000-8. If RM888 billion was given to 27 million Malaysians, each man woman and child would receive nearly 33,000/- each over 9 years.
Malaysia under Najib is even more corrupt than under the two previous Prime Ministers, Mahathir and Abdullah.
Hence, Malaysians should not expect BN to change as it is clear that it is not a government that is committed to real change which Malaysian yearn for change.
What Malaysia needs is a total change.
The Indian community must rise to the occasion in the next general election and once again play their kingmaker role to effect a total political change.