Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Continued rule by BN will only mean further ruins for this beloved country.

Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP National vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at DAP Ceramah held at Kuala Kangsar road, Perak on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Continued rule by BN will only mean further ruins for this beloved country. 

At the recent Umno 66th party anniversary celebration, Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib said that he felt like seeing the Agung the next day to advise dissolution of Parliament.

But everyone present knew he was only joking or cakap syok sendiri only as even Umno members knew that one of Najib’s biggest headaches since becoming the Prime Minister is to decide when will be the best timing to call for the nation’s 13 th general election.

A new Prime Minister will normally call for dissolution of parliament within 6 months of assuming office so as to take advantage of the usual “honeymoon period” and to seek  a mandate of his own from the people .

However, Najib has not been able to find a suitable timing after having been the Prime Minister for more than 3 years.

The reason is simple, he is not confident of BN’s electoral performance in the next general election.

There is no doubt that Najib’s administration has made unprecedented splash of money on the public in its efforts to woo the people’s support.

Yet Najib is not confident of BN’s electoral performance because he knows politics in Malaysia has changed since the 2008 general election.

Still, being desperate, the BN government will still resort to all possible tactics. One of these will be the scare tactic.

When opening the Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCIM) 66th annual general meeting a few days ago, Najib warned the Chinese business community that their assets and wealth may “evaporate” unless there is “political certainty and stability”.

Such warning clearly shows that BN is becoming desperate and is therefore prepared to resort to politics of threat.

Malaysians who yearn for change must not be fearful of such threat. Instead we should all think of the brave decision of the Penang people in the 2008 general election.

Gerakan had always frightened the people by saying that a weakened Chinese Chief Minister would not be able to protect the Chinese interest.

In the 2008 general election, the Penang voters felt that the best way was to have a new chief minister and a new chief minister in Lim Guan Eng was born.

Today, despite having been in office for only a few years, Penang Pakatan Rakyat government has outperformed the previous BN governments in so many ways and aspects.

The assets and wealth of the people do not evaporate.

I dare say that BN’s politics of threat will no longer work and I challenge the Prime Minister to fight the Opposition fair and square in the next general election.

Since Najib has talked so much about transformation and reforms, he should walk his talk.

A true reformist will not resort to language and politics of threat to win election.

A true reformist will accept Bersih‘s demands for free and fair elections.

But time has proven that BN government cannot change. Continued rule by BN will only mean further ruins for this beloved country.

So come the next general election, Malaysians should rise to the occasion and vote for total change to bring about A Better Malaysia for All.

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