Sunday, December 9, 2012

Go for total and real change to Save Sabah Save Malaysia.

Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at DAP Ceramah held at Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant in Labuan on Saturday, December 8, 2012

Go for total and real change to Save Sabah Save Malaysia.

In all past general elections prior to 2008, Indian voters had always been very strong supporters of BN.
But the BN government has continued to be ineffective or unwilling to address and resolve the many long standing problems faced by the Indian community.

In the 2008 general election, the Indian voters decided that enough was enough and played their King maker role and helped create the political tsunami that caused BN its unprecedented electoral debacle.

The coming general election will be the most important one in the nation’s history and many people are asking the question whether Sabahans will play the Kingmaker role and help bring about a new Putrajaya government helmed by Pakatan Rakyat.

In an interview with The Malay Mail which was published yesterday, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib has asked for a strong mandate from the people so that he can reform Umno.

He said “Without the mandate from the electorate, how can I reform the party?”

My first thought upon reading his interview is that he has admitted that he has failed to reform Umno thus far.
But the more important question is, can he really reform Umno if given a strong mandate? Can Umno really change?

Malaysians can still remember that former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah was given a very strong mandate in the 2004 general election, yet he squandered the mandate, blaming his failure to bring about reforms on Umno which is resistant to changes.

Umno and BN leaders have been warning the people against voting Pakatan Rakyat. They have been saying that change can come about without a change of government.

The undeniable fact is that whether with a weak or strong mandate, Umno and BN cannot really change.
Let’s not forget that Umno and BN have not been in federal power only for 4 years. BN has ruled this nation for 55 years.

Too much time has been given to Umno and Umno. Enough opportunities have been given to them.
Too much ruins have been done by the BN government.

The hope for Malaysia lies in a real political change.

A real change can only come about by installing a new Putrajaya government.

Come the general election, Sabahans must rise to the occasion and say enough is enough, save Sabah Save Malaysia.

It is time that Sabahans must give themselves and Malaysia a chance.

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