Thursday, May 3, 2012

Vote PR for total change!

Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at DAP Ipoh Barat Dinner held at River Front Hotel , Ipoh on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vote PR for total change!

Despite having been the Prime Minister for 3 years, Datuk Seri Najib is still not so confident about dissolving the Parliament to pave way for the nation’s 13 th general election. 

The 308 general election has changed the political landscape in the nation and despite recent approval ratings showing that the Prime Minister’s approval ratings have gone up to 69%, Dato Seri Najib is still uncertain when to dissolve the Parliament to pave way for the nation’s 13 th general election. 

Nevertheless, he will have to pick a date and all speculation has pointed towards June as the likely date.
There is no doubt that the coming general election is the most important election in the nation’s history. 

It is going to be the election where the Opposition will not be dismissed, like in all previous elections , as having totally no hope in toppling the BN government. 

No serious political analyst will write off the Pakatan Rakyat’s chances to helm win the next general election and helm the Putrajaya government. 

In fact, MCA President Datuk Chua Soi Lek is so sure that PR may take over the next government that he has been asking the questions as to who shall be the PR’s prime minister and deputy prime minister!

To go for change, we must first ensure that the coming general election is free, fair and clean.

Hence, we are in total support for Bersih’s 8 demands which are:-
  1. Clean the electoral roll
  2. Reform postal voting
  3. Use of indelible ink  
  4. A minimum  campaigning  period of 21 days
  5. Free and fair access to mainstream media
  6. Strengthen public institutions
  7. Stop corruption
  8. Stop dirty politics
We must all ensure 428 to be a day of success. Let 428 be a historic day for the struggle for free, fair and clean elections.

Malaysians must also rise up to the occasion at the next election and vote PR to being about a new government that will bring about A Better Malaysia for All. 

Despite having suffered its worst electoral debacle at the last election, BN government under the leadership of a new Prime Minister has proven that it is not committed to and is not capable of implementing changes which are urgently needed to bring about A Better Malaysia for All.

Just take a look at the corruption issue. 

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.

DAP Parliamentary leader Sdr Lim Kit Siang recently said, based on the latest TI CPI 2011 ranking and score and available data going back to 1995, Malaysia under Najib is even more corrupt than under the two previous Prime Ministers, Mahathir and Abdullah.

So is Najib serious and committed to fight against corruption? 

What reforms is he talking about when corruption continues to be rampant in Malaysia? 

Real reforms and changes which Malaysians have yearned for can only come about with a new Putrajaya government helmed by PR.

Vote PR for total change!

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