Monday, November 19, 2012

It’s time for new Negeri Sembilan and Putrajaya government helmed by Pakatan Rakyat

Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at DAP Seremban Deepavali Open House held on Sunday, November 18, 2012

It’s time for new Negeri Sembilan and Putrajaya government helmed by Pakatan Rakyat

At the national level Deepavali celebration held at Sungai Siput yesterday, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib said that it will intensify its efforts to help the community if given a new mandate to lead.

He said that the government had done a lot but it was still work in progress.

If Najib thinks that he is able to obtain the people’s support with such statements, he better thinks again.
Voters today will not accept general statements or political rhetorics. Najib must be prepared to tell the people in concrete terms what the government has done and will do for the people.

BN has ruled this country for 55 years and based on its record, it certainly does not deserve another new mandate from the people, especially from the Indian community.

Najib became the nation’s Prime Minister more than 3 years ago and promised to bring about reforms.

Yet today, corruption, abuses of power, injustices and inequalities still remain.

Before the 2008 general election, Indian voters used to be the “fixed deposits” for BN, being the strongest supporters of BN.

But the Indian voters decided enough was enough and played their Kingmaker role in the last general election and helped create the political tsunami that caused BN its worst ever electoral debacle.

Any one will naturally think that in order to regain the Indian community’s support, BN government will do a lot for the Indian community.

But what has and how much has Najib done for the Indian community?

He said six more Tamil schools had also been approved for Johor, Perak, Selangor and Kedah.

But when I raised this issue in Parliament, the government was not able to give any concrete details on the location of the new schools.

The government promised earlier this year that 1000 new and extra places will be allocated for Indian children to study at matriculation colleges. Yet till to date only 700 places have been filled. What has happened to the balance 300 vacancies?

Najib said 6,590 Indians were given citizenship through the MyDaftar programme in February.
What about the other tens of thousands who are still waiting despite having waited for so many years?

The Prime Minister has recently promised that the Batu Caves condo project will be cancelled if BN wins power in Selangor in the coming general election.

Why did he not do two basic things before making such a promise, that is, apologise for BN’s mistake in approving the project and expel the former BN councilors for their “ silly mistake”?

In conclusion, the BN government has done too little for the Indian community.  BN has not learned its lessons.

Come the next general election, the Indian community should rise to the occasion and play the kingmaker role again.

It’s time for new Negeri Sembilan and Putrajaya government helmed by Pakatan Rakyat .

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