Sunday, June 30, 2013

DAP and Pakatan Rakyat will go all out to fight against BN’s acts of political vengeance.

Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at DAP Teluk Intan Dinner on Saturday, June 29, 2013

DAP and Pakatan Rakyat will go all out to fight against BN’s acts of political vengeance.

When the Election Commission announced that the BN had secured a simple majority in the 13 th General Elections, Datuk Seri Najib Razak that the BN government will embark on national reconciliation efforts to unite the people who are seemed divided as reflected in the voters “polarisation trend” in elections.

He said that the move would be discussed by BN leaders as a way forward for more moderate and accommodative policies for the country and to reject politics of extremism, racism and religious extremism.

However, what we soon witness after the May 5 poll results was the surfacing of race baiting remarks and Chinese bashing speeches and articles.

Umno mouth piece Utusan Malaysia especially has been leading the nonstop attacks.

What is sad and most disappointing is that the Prime Minister has chosen to remain silent when such attacks are clearly against his call for national reconciliation.

This raises doubt as to how committed he is to national reconciliation.

In fact, Najib himself has to take the major blame for such Chinese bashing due to his using of the term Chinese Tsunami when explaining BN’s dismal electoral performance.

Such term has certainly influenced and caused a lot of Chinese bashing remarks and articles by extremists.

It is certainly not true BN had suffered because of Chinese tsunami. What caused BN to win only 47 % of the popular votes in the election was a Malaysian, urban, semi urban and youth tsunami.  
The recent decision by Melaka government on Jonker Walk is certainly and clearly an act of political vengeance emboldened by Najib’s Chinese Tsunami term.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Idris Haron has given traffic congestion as a reason why there will not be road closure at Jonker Walk, but his real motive was revealed by his very first public comments where he admitted that MCA’s electoral defeat in the state prompted the closure of Jonker Walk.

Such political vengeance cannot be accepted and has gone against Prime Minister’s announcement that there is a need for national reconciliation.  

Tourism Minister Datuk Nazri has rightly reminded Melaka Chief Minister that Jonker Walk is a walk and not a Jonker Drive and that there must be continued road closure.

Nazri said that he hoped that Jonker Walk can continue after the 4 weeks trial period announced by Melaka Chief Minister.

When asked to comment on threats to blockade the road if the government persists on reopening it to traffic, Nazri noted that legal action would be taken against those who do so.

“I promise you, if they break the law, I will ensure that I will speak to the police: arrest them. It is not our way,” he said.

I wish to ask Nazri to answer three questions:-
1.     If people should not break the law, why should the government break the people’s rice bowls?
2.     If he disagrees with Melaka state government’s decision to reopen Jonker Walk to traffic, why does he not get the Prime Minister or Cabinet to stop Melaka’s decision?
3.     Why allow 4 weeks trial that can affect hawkers’ livelihood and affect Melaka tourism income?

Melaka state government’s decision on Jonker Walk is purely and clearly an act of political vengeance.

DAP and Pakatan Rakyat will go all out to fight against BN’s acts of political vengeance.

After speaking  at the DAP dinner, I proceeded to speak at a PAS ceramah held in Teluk Intan. I touche don two key issues , namely the indelible ink and the post general election Chinese bashing by extremists.

I had said that  the indelible ink issue was enough for the Election Commission heads to tender their resignations.

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