Saturday, May 26, 2012

Enough is enough! Whether the next general election is held in June, July or September, Malaysians should rise to the occasion and go for total change to end the BN rule.


Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at DAP Gelanag Patah Dinner , Johore  on Friday, May 25, 2012

Enough is enough! Whether the next general election is held in June, July or September, Malaysians should rise to the occasion and go for total change to end the BN rule. 

Speculation is rife that the nation’s 13 th general election in early July this year .However, there is a strong possibility that the Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib may decide to dissolve Parliament in September due to the negative impact brought against the BN government by the recent historic Bersih 3.0 sit in protest.

Over the last 12 months, there have been much speculations about the dissolution of Parliament but all these did not come to materialize. 

Some people have said that the past speculations were mere wild guesses, but I believe the Prime Minister had actually thought about an earlier election but had decided to abandon the idea simply because he was not confident about BN’s electoral performance. 

His delaying in calling for the dissolution of Parliament will give him more time to announce more “electoral goodies” to the people, but it will not help to strengthen support for BN.

Why? 

It is simply because Malaysians who have long yearned for change will not be swayed by such electoral goodies like the BR 1M RM 500 cash handouts. 

Many Malaysians have waited for decades for real, significant political changes and they are now more convinced about two things. 

Firstly, the BN government is not a government that is committed to real, significant political changes.
Secondly, the hope of seeing a change that will bring about a Better Malaysia for All can only come about through total change. 

Anyone would have thought after the 2008 general election where BN was dealt the unprecedented blow, causing it to lose its traditional two thirds parliamentary majority and a few state governmental powers, BN would have leant its lessons and changed. 

But time proves that it is a coalition that cannot change. 

Just take a look at the BN’s education policy. 

Tamil and Chinese schools continue to be accorded unfair treatment. Longstanding problems of school and teacher shortage remain unresolved. 

What is 1 Malaysia concept when there are still educational institutions like Mara which take in students based on their skin color only? 

Why are only 10 % of places in Matriculation Colleges opened to non bumiputra students? 

If the government can allow so many private universities in Malaysia, including some foreign universities to set up their overseas campus here in our country, why can’t the government allow the setting up of more independent Chinese schools? 

The Education Minister has two days ago said that he cannot approve any new independent Chinese school because his hands are tied by present laws and past policy.

His reasons are totally unacceptable and are not true. 

Can he point out which law prohibits him from approving the setting up of new independent Chinese school?
Even if truly there are laws and policies that “tie his hands”, the government can always amend the laws and change the policies.

Since the BN government is unwilling to change, then we should change the government. 

The recent big turn out by Johoreans at the 428 Bersih 3.0 protest held in JB shows that the political winds of change are now blowing strong in the BN traditional stronghold state of Johore. 

I call on Johoreans to keep spreading the word of change and ensure that come the next general election, Johoreans will help create a political tsunami stronger than the 308 tsunami so as to bring about a total change that will bring about a Better Malaysia for All. 

Enough is enough! Whether the next general election is held in June, July or September, Malaysians should rise to the occasion and go for total change to end the BN rule.


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