Friday, February 22, 2008

General Election - PAS and its empty promise

As General Elections come nearer, I would include some selections of articles related to this 12th General Election.

Quoting from Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA)'s website for this article of empty promises by PAS.

As usual, another empty promise by PAS to the voters

It was reported in Utusan Malaysia dated 21 February 2008 that PAS themselves admitted openly that they are unable to fulfill their promise to set up a welfare state in the country if they come into power come election on 8 March 2008. This just shows how unrealistic the party can be in giving out promises which they are incapable to deliver in the end.

PAS Vice-President Datuk Husam Musa himself admitted openly that they could never form a government with the party contesting in only 60 Parliamentary seats in the 12th General Elections, far fewer than the 84 seats it contested in the last polls. This figure is a far cry from needing to secure at least 112 out of the 222 Parliamentary seats being contested to garner a simple majority in Dewan Rakyat.

According to Husam, the welfare state which was championed by them earlier in their election manifesto is only aimed to persuade the voters to accept the party. He added that as a start, PAS does not have the intention to rule the country and their main goal is to reduce the 2/3 majority which was garnered by BN during the 2004 General Elections.

We could see clearly that PAS is trying to dupe voters into thinking that they have their welfare and interest at heart, whilst their ultimate aim is to garner their votes for the coming election to achieve an Islamic state in the country. Husam even has the cheek to say that the welfare state concept was offered to the voters to enable them to make a choice.

We firmly remind PAS to set their foot on the ground and feel what voters really want this coming election for a better Malaysia. They should follow BN which comes out with a clear set of election manifesto and plans to be offered to the voters. BN always places the voters’ interest and welfare at heart and will continue to outline specific mechanism on their policy implementation.

Voters should question PAS and other Opposition parties that ‘Talking is one thing, but how to implement the promises is another’. PAS must make known to the voters how they are going to implement all their unrealistic plans which were offered as part of their election promises.

Nowadays, even BN is well aware that voters are more informed on current issues due to the increasing number of people resorting to the Internet to obtain the latest news and information especially in urban areas. At the end of the day, voters must not be emotional and be swayed by the Opposition rhetoric election promises which they know that they are not able to deliver. Voters must make an informed decision before casting their vote to only capable ‘wakil rakyat’s who will serve them whole-heartedly in their constituencies.

- MCA Online -

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I am your JSHS schoolmate once, but no longer find the meaning to be back in Malaysia, at least till there's a better change. I want to contribute to this homeland, but I would need more friends who works for a change, not also-runs. said...

Is 50 years enough? Or not? Will another 5 years help realise the promise of the ruling coalition?

I grew up loving Penang, loving Malaysia, loving everything about Malaysia. I have many Indian, Malay, Borneo friends. But time has change, indeed it changed.

Perhaps, i would not want to judge, I am not too sure how well you know Malaysia's current state of affair or its stagnancy in the years of your US studies. But it helps to not be a stereotype or kiasi Chinese in this land.

Time to stand up, and time to change, for a better Malaysia, for all (note the 'all').

50 years, and ask yourself truthfully, ask ourselves, how much have we helped the Indians and Borneo friends? MCA is our heritage, yes, no doubt.

If we really love Malaysia, and Malaysians, then, please speak out on behalf from MCA, shed the lap dog image of being an also-run of UMNO. MCA has given too much face to UMNO. 50 years now, do we want to give another 5 years?

Brighter Chinese have migrated. Brighter Indians have migrated. Brighter Malays have migrated. Brighter Borneons have migrated.
It is a fact.

But i wish there is a brighter Malaysia for all, for our remaining friends and family in Malaysia.

Vote for a change, my dear friend, who proudly returned to Malaysia.


Chen Chow said...

Thanks for your post. I would appreciate that you don't post the exactly same thing in more than one thread.

I would beg to differ with you on your points.

I have been back in Malaysia for the past 3 years, and I would say that I am aware of what is going on in the country. Even during the years when I was abroad, I do read Malaysia newspapers every single day of the year (perhaps with a few days missing, if I go on long vacation).

I agree with you that our policy should cater for all Malaysians. And I would argue that today's Barisan National's policy does take care of all races in Malaysia.

It is a misconception when we say that MCA and other component parties have to listen completely to UMNO. In every Cabinet Meetings, all Ministers, irrespective of parties, do get to speak up on all issues, and they will get heard. It is a consensus decision.

While I would agree that things are not perfect in our country, we have done very well in many aspects. In terms of treatment of various races in the country, I would say that being in multi-races country, no one can be fully satisfied. Not all the requests by Malays would be fulfilled too. Not just the requests of all races.

It is about the concept of power sharing. We all chip in to make our country a better place.

There are many ways for us to contribute. And I choose to contribute from within the channels available, rather than merely protesting from outside, which is essentially not going to make any change.