CLOSING REMARKS BY LIM GUAN ENG (Debate 2.0, en/cn)

Since Merdeka, two million Malaysians have migrated overseas because they do not see a future for themselves and for Malaysia. It is time that we don’t live in our past that is filled with hatred and fear. We should look to the future filled with hope and harmony between all Malaysians.

 To put the past behind us, we must stop the politics of race and religion.
 To put the past behind us, we must end corruption.
 To put the past behind us, we must abolish the suppression, oppression, repression of our basic human rights and freedoms.
 To put the past behind us, we must demand good governance and performance from our ministers.

To put the past behind us, we must stop the politics of race and religion.

Mengapakah kita terperangkap dalam permainan perkauman Barisan Nasional yang cuba menakutan orang Melayu bahawa mereka akan kehilangan hak mereka dan jawatan Perdana Menteri. Selagi kita mendukung Perlembagaan Persekutuan, hak Melayu dan bumiputera terjamin bersama-sama dengan hak sahih orang bukan Melayu. Sekiranya Pakatan Rakyat menang, calon yang paling layak akan menjadi Perdana Menteri, iaitu Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Jangan kita biarkan Barisan Nasional terus memperalatkan isu perkauman anti-bukan-Melayu hanya untuk mengekalkan kuasa. Adakah ini menguntungkan rakyat apabila BN tak mahu jawab mana pergi RM52 bilion saham yang sepatutnya diberikan kepada orang Melayu dan bumiputera miskin. Kita mesti faham bukan semua orang Cina yang kaya. Sama juga, bukan semua orang Melayu yang miskin. Ada ramai orang Melayu yang kaya macam Tan Sri Syed Mohktar dan Pengerusi Eksekutif SYABAS Tan Sri Rozali Ismail. Mengapa minta rakyat Malaysia berbangsa Cina balik China tetapi tak tanya sama menteri Cina yang pernah pohon PR Australia.

Barisan Nasional akan menggunakan perkauman untuk menakutkan kita kerana mereka sudah tiada isu lagi. Jangan kita menakutkan diri sendiri dan terus menyokong sebuah kerajaan yg bersifat kroni & rasuah. Hanya dengan perubahan kepada ketuanan rakyat dan bukan ketuanan UMNO barulah kita boleh bebaskan diri daripada rasuah dan hidup bermaruah.

To attain peace Malaysians must stand united and reject those who wish to divide us by preaching racial and religious hatred. If we want to benefit from equal opportunities and realize our human potential we must stop extremists from continually degrading others as inferiors so as to uplift ourselves. Why should Allah not be allowed to be used in the Bible when it is used in the Middle East?

We can only achieve harmony together. Despite our differences and diversity, Malaysians can make our common aspirations of freedom, justice, democracy and truth come true if we remember key values.

That it is not who we are that is important, but what we are that is important; not the colour of our skin that is important but the content of our character; and not our past ancestry that is important but how we connect with the present and with each other to face the future.

We can only be prosperous together. The time has come to focus on the economy, in employment, education and business opportunities as the conditions for prosperity. We must build human talent and be performance-based.

For those who say that PR do not know how to govern, the 4 PR states of Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan have proven our ability by beating the other 10 BN states by attracting RM25 billion in investments comprising 53% of Malaysia’s total investments of RM47.2 billion in 2010. For the first time in history, Penang is now the new champion of investments in Malaysia, coming out top in 2010 with RM 12.2 billion.

To put the past behind us, we must end corruption.

Tentang rasuah berapa banyak wang lagi yg kita nak hilang. Seorang penternak lembu yang daripada muda sehingga tua tak boleh dapat pinjaman berjuta-juta ringgit. Tetapi seorang keluarga menteri sungguhpun tak ada pengalaman menternak seekor lembu pun boleh mendapat 250 juta ringgit. Tapi wang digunakan untuk membeli kondo pula. Bukan sahaja pemimpin-pemimpin kita jadi orang terkenal, tetapi lembu kita pun terkenal. Tengoklah skandal-skandal lembu & kondo. Sampai negara Singapura yg banyak kondominium pun nak belajar macam mana boleh menternak lembu dalam kondominium.

Mengapakah dalam skandal Forex Bank Negara pada tahun 90an apabila Malaysia rugi lebih 15 bilion ringgit orang yg bertanggungjawab tidak dihukum tetapi sekarang dilantik menjadi menteri dalam Pejabat Perdana Menteri?

Bilakah kita nak hentikan kerugian wang ini lagi? Adakah 100 billion tak cukup? Kita nak 12 billion lagi. Jangan lupa 1 ribu billion ringgit wang haram sudah mengalir keluar dari negara. Janganlah biarkan wang negara terus disia-siakan, kita mesti berani membuat perubahan yg boleh menjaminkan kehidupan anak-anak kita.

Barisan Nasional cannot reform to end corruption. Remember, if we do not end corruption, Malaysia dies. If we end corruption, BN dies. The choice is clear.

To put the past behind us, we must abolish the suppression, oppression, repression of our basic human rights and freedom.

How can we have a clean government when we do not have clean elections? Hanya pilihanraya bersih boleh memastikan sebuah kerajaan bersih. The next government should be decided by Malaysians and not by phantom voters or Bangladeshis or Myanmarese. Saya percaya kita mahu rakyat Malaysia dan bukan pengundi hantu atau rakyat asing yang menentukan siapa menang kalah dalam pilihanraya umum ke-13.

We do not want our children to live in fear of oppressive laws as we have lived. A Pakatan Rakyat government will abolish the UUCA, the Sedition Act and the Printing Presses and Publications Act and restore local government elections.

Kita tidak boleh menerima penyalahgunaan kuasa dimana rakyat Malaysia boleh mati dalam tahanan.

When can we find justice for Teoh Beng Hock, Ahmad Sarbani and A Kugan? When will we have Freedom of Information & Freedom of Speech? When can we have justice that is not only done, but is seen to be done.

To put the past behind us, we demand good governance and performance from our ministers.

Malaysia can be an international and intelligent country. We must have digital intelligence with broadband connectivity. We must also have integrity intelligence, so ensure that only honest people are the decision-makers. We must have institutional intelligence under the rule of law. We demand good governance and performance from our ministers.

Has the Transport Ministry done its duty to run our airports and seaports well? Look at the Penang International Airport whose completion has been delayed more than 3 times. And the Penang Port is to be reduced to be a feeder port and privatized to a 3rd party at the expense of Penangites. Why is there no consultation with the people of Penang to restore the port to its former glory? Instead of looking after airports and ports, the Transport Ministry is more interested in vehicle registration numbers and wants to increase the maximum traffic fines to RM2,000.

Director-General of Tourism is wrongly charged of corruption but the Tourism Minister finds nothing wrong with spending RM1.8 million in doing up her Facebook page, when we all know that it can be done for free.

The Health Ministry wants to privatise healthcare when it should be a public good given as an affordable right to all Malaysians. Why allow the wastage of public funds and affect the quality and affordability of drugs when drugs are bought through a middleman at higher prices when it could be bought cheaper direct from the manufacturers, some of which are operating in Malaysia.

The Housing and Local Government Ministry opposes local government elections in Penang, denying our fundamental democratic right to elect our councillors and our mayors.

We believe that Malaysians deserve better. For the last 50 years, the wealth of the nation has been robbed. Let us protect the future of our children by ensuring we have a people-centric government that protects you instead of harming you, that rewards you instead of stealing from you, that respects you instead of abusing your rights. Let us clean up Malaysia to save our children’s future.

We must put the past behind us where profits matters more than our health. Lynas concerns all of us because if Lynas is allowed to operate, Barisan Nasional will proceed with building two nuclear reactors. If we continue to put health above profits, what is the use of having all the money in the world if you cannot enjoy it healthily?

The next elections shall be fought on the economy. We refuse to allow BN to use race as the issue in the next elections. We need to increase the incomes of our poor or else they will fall victims to the Ah Longs. For example, Bank Negara’s Annual Report 2010 revealed that Malaysia’s household debt at the end of 2010 was RM581 billion or 76 per cent of GDP, thus giving us the dubious honour of having the second-highest level of household debt in Asia.

In addition, the Malaysian household debt service ratio stood at 47.8 per cent in 2010, meaning that nearly half of the average family’s income goes to repaying debts. As a rule, banks would not lend money to those whose total servicing of loans exceeded one third of their income. In other words, we are spiralling into an indebted nation.

According to the New Economic Model documents, the bottom 40% of Malaysian households are living with a monthly average income of RM1,500 (and three-quarters of them are bumiputera) while 60% of the households (of four persons averagely) live with a less than RM3,000 income, which is near subsistence if one lives in the cities.

These are families living in fear. We will help them live with dignity and not in fear, by increasing their incomes and cutting down their costs, with a minimum wage, getting rid of monopolies, expanding internet connectivity and encouraging creativity, innovation and productivity.

South Korea is a very good example of a nation that chose democracy, performance and freedom of opportunity to become a developed country. With a population of 48 million, its GDP per capita of USD20,000 is more than double Malaysia’s. But in 1970, South Korea’s per capita GDP was only USD260 compared to Malaysia’s USD380 we used to regularly beat South Korea at football. And now our children are fans of K-pop culture and their football team are regulars at the World Cup.

Only when we free ourselves of fear of change, can we be free to prosper. BN cannot change. They need to be changed, for BN wants to rule by fear.

Thomas Jefferson has said “When the governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny”.

The choice is yours, my friends. I urge you – Let us change so we can have liberty and live with dignity.

——-Mandarin Version —–

林冠英辩论闭幕词

自独立以来,200万马来西亚人已经移民到海外,因为他们看不到自己以及马来西亚人的未来。我们不要再活在充满仇恨及恐惧的过去。我们应该放眼一个充满希望及国民和谐共处的未来。

 放下过去,我们必须停止种族和宗教政治。
 放下过去,我们必须结束贪污腐败。
 放下过去,我们必须终结对基本人权及自由的压迫。
 放下过去,我们必须要求部长良好施政及表现

放下过去,我们必须停止种族和宗教政治

为什么我们受困在国阵的种族游戏当中?他们恐吓马来人说马来人将失去他们的权益及马来人首相。只要我们维护宪法,马来人及土著的权利与非马来人的权利都是同样受到保护。一旦民联执政,最有资格的候选人将会成为首相,他就是首相拿督斯里安华。 我们别再让国阵继续利用反非马来人的种族课题巩固他们的权力。当国阵不愿回答原本应该拨给贫穷马来人及土著的520亿令吉股权去了哪里?这能让全民受惠吗?我们必须明白,不是所有的华人都是富有的,不是所有的马来人都是贫穷的。很多马来人也很富有,好像丹斯里赛莫达及雪放水供控股公司首席执行员丹斯里罗查里。为什么要叫马来西亚的华人“回中国”,但是从不质疑那样拥有澳洲永久居留权的华裔部长?

国阵会继续利用种族课题吓唬我们,因为他们已经没有其它课题。我们不要自己吓自己,而继续支持这个贪污朋党的政府。唯有强调人民主权,而不是巫统主权,我们才能从贪污中解放并且活得有尊严。

若要取得和平,马来西亚人民必须团结一致,拒绝那些希望通过散布种族及宗教仇恨的人士。如果我们要获得公平机会及发挥我们人类的潜能,我们必须遏止极端分子继续抵毁其他人来抬高自己。为什么阿拉字眼可以在中东使用,却不能在本地的圣经使用?

我们可以和谐共处。尽管我们拥有很多不同之处及多元,如果我们紧记主要价值观,马来西亚人还是可以让我们实现的共同理想:自由、公义、民主及真理。

我们是谁并不重要,重要的是我们是什么样的一个人;我们是何种肤色并不重要,最重要的是我们的内在特质;我们的过去并不是最重要的,最重要的是我们联系当下,一起展望与面对未来。

我们必须携手才能共创繁荣。我们应在此时着重于经济、就业、教育及商机这些创造繁荣与进步的要素。我们必须打造人才,一切以绩效为重。

那些说民联不懂如何治理的人士,我要告诉你,民联四州(槟、雪、吉打、吉兰丹)已经证明我们打败了国阵其它10 个州属,我们在2010年吸引了250亿令吉外来投资额,占了马来西亚总外来投资472亿令吉的53%。历史上第一次,槟城所获投资额全马居冠,在2010年达122亿令吉。

 放下过去,我们必须结束贪污腐败。

关于贪污,我们究竟还要损失多少钱?一名养牛业者从年轻做到老,可能都无法贷款数千万令吉。但是,一名部长的家人,虽然没有养牛经验,却可以贷款2亿5000万令吉。而且有关贷款还可以用来购买公寓。不只我们的领袖出名了,连牛也出名了。看看养牛公寓丑闻,就连拥有很多公寓的新加坡也要学习如何可以在公寓内养牛。

为什么90年代的国家银行外汇投资亏损超过150亿令吉的丑闻没有人负责、没有人受处罚?有关人士现在还可以受委在首相署担任部长?

我们什么时候才可以停止这种损失?1000亿令吉还不够吗?我们还要损失120亿令吉。我国约有10兆令吉的黑钱外流。不要再让国家的钱白白外流,我们必须勇敢求变,保障孩子的未来。

国阵不能改革肃贪。记住,如果我们无法终结贪腐,国家灭亡;如果我们终结贪腐,国阵灭亡。选择很明确。

 放下过去,我们必须终结对基本人权及自由的压迫。

如果没有干净的选举,何来廉洁的政府?唯有干净的选举可以确保政府的廉洁。大马人必须决定下一届政府,而不是由幽灵选民或孟加拉人或缅甸人来决定。我相信,我们要马来西亚人民决定第13届大选谁胜谁负,而不是幽灵选民或外国人来决定。

我们不要我们的孩子生活在压迫性的法律下。民联政府将会废除大专法令、煽动法令、出版和印刷法令、恢复地方议会选举。

我们不可以接受滥权,甚至导致大马人民死于扣留期间。

我们还如何为赵明福、阿末沙巴尼和A 古甘讨回公道?我们什么时候才有资讯自由及言论自由?我们什么时候才可以伸张正义?

 放下过去,我们必须要求部长良好施政及表现

马来西亚可以成为一个国际和智能型国家。我们必须拥有宽频联接的数码智能。 我们必须拥有廉洁智能,确保诚实的人才是决策人。我们必须拥有法治的院校智能。我们必须要求部长良好施政及表现。

交通部长是否尽责管理我们的机场和海港?看看槟州国际机构,前前后后已经展延了超过三次。而槟州港口将会私营化、然后降级成为集散港,牺牲槟城人的利益。为什么政府没有问过槟城人民是否要恢复槟城港口从前的光彩?交通部不但没有照顾好机场和港口,他反而对车牌号码比较有兴趣,而且要把交通罚款增加至2000令吉。

我们都知道设立面子书专页是免费的。当旅游部长被揭发花费180万令吉设立面子书专页时,旅游部总监被控贪污,而旅游部长却逃过问责,

当卫生部长要私营化公共保健时,它应该是一个让全民可负担、受惠的计划。当一些药物可以直接向厂商(一些甚至在大马设厂)以低廉的价格购买,为什么有关当局允许公共资金的浪费,通过中介商购买药物,导致药物的素质、价格受影响?

还有,房屋及地方部长反对槟城举行地方政府选举,否决了人民自行选出市议员及市长的基本民主权利。

我们相信马来西亚人值得更好。过去50年,人民的财富都被掠夺了。让我们保护我们孩子的未来,确保我们拥有一个保护人民的民本政府,而不是害民的政府,一个奖赏人民的政府而不是抢夺你的财富的政府,一个尊重人民的政府,而不是侵犯人权的政府。让我们扫除贪腐,拯救孩子们的未来。

我们必须结束那种利益比人民健康更重要的过去。莱纳斯与全民有关,因为如果莱纳斯可以操作,那么国阵将会继续兴建两座核电厂。如果我们继续用健康来交换利益,即使拥有全世界的财富,但是却不能健健康康的享用,有什么用呢?

下届大选的重点将是经济。我们不要让国阵在下届大选利用种族牌。我们需要增加贫户的收入,不然他们将一直向阿窿借贷的受害者。国家银行2010年度报告揭露,我们家庭债务在2010年底为5810亿令吉,或相等国民生产总值的76%,让我们不禁怀疑我们已经是亚洲家庭债务第二高的国家。

此外,我国的家庭债务偿债比率在2010年为47.8%, 意味着每个家庭平均有一半的收入是用来还债的。一般上,银行不会借钱给那些债务超过收入三分之一的人士。换句话说,我们正渐渐成为过度举债的国家。

根据新经济模式的文件,大马家庭底层40%每月平均收入1500令吉(四分之三是土著),60%的家庭(每户平均四人)每月收入低入3000令吉,如果是住在城市地区,可说是接近贫穷。

这些家庭都生活在恐惧之中。我们会帮助他们活得有尊严,而不是活在恐惧之中,增加他们的收入,减少他们的开销,制订最低薪资、除掉垄断,扩大网络覆盖率、鼓励创意、革新及生产力。

南韩是一个很好的例子,他们选择民主、表现和机会自由,进而成为一个发达国家。他们拥有4800万人口,它的国民年均收入达2万美元,是马来西亚的两倍。但是,在1970年,韩国国民年均收入只有260美元,马来西亚为380美元, 我们经常在足球赛打败韩国。现在,我们的孩子是韩流文化的粉丝,他们的足球队也常见于世界杯足球赛。

唯有当我们不再害怕改变,我们才可以迈向繁荣。国阵不能改变。我们必须改变他们,因为国阵要以恐惧治国。

托马斯杰费逊说“哪里的政府害怕人民,哪里就有自由。哪里的人民害怕政府,哪里就有暴政。”

选择在于你,我的朋友们。我促请各位,改变,让我们拥有自由、让我们活得有尊严。

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