How Can Abdul Hadi Awang Be A National Political Leader If He Does Not Understand Simple Economics By Refusing To Blame UMNO But Instead Misrepresenting That DAP Supports The US Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement(TPPA) Because The Chinese Control Trade?(e/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan In Kuala Lumpur On 25.1.2016.

DAP remains baffled by the preposterous statement made by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang that DAP is supportive of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to support trade in the country, that is purportedly controlled by the Chinese community.

Malaysians would expect such misrepresentation of DAP’s position or a racially-tinged statement from UMNO. For a PAS leader to indulge in such baseless untruths shows that PAS is now not only co-operating with UMNO but also adopting UMNO’s dirty politics of slander against the DAP.

The TPPA is initiated by UMNO not by DAP. TPPA is led by the United States to restrict China’s influence geo-politically. If Hadi is so anti-Chinese, he should not be against, but support the TPPA to oppose China. Why has Hadi not blamed or criticised UMNO? Or explained his failure to get UMNO to heed his advice to oppose TPPA, since he is now an advisor to the BN Federal government?

Hadi should not misrepresent the DAP’s position of opposing the TPPA, which has been announced several times before. DAP opposes the TPPA due to our deep concern about the impact of prices on ordinary Malaysians, the wage-earners and the small-time businessmen such as the Small & Medium Entreprises(SMEs). Nearly 40% of SMEs may close down because of the TTPA, a fact that the Federal government has yet to address.

How can Abdul Hadi Awang be a national political leader if he does not understand simple economics by refusing to blame UMNO but misrepresenting that DAP supports the US-led TPPA because the Chinese in Malaysia control trade. Using Hadi’s logic, then UMNO must be Chinese too for initiating the passing of the TPPA in Parliament. Why then does Hadi continue to work with UMNO and even advice the BN Federal government?

TPPA is not about race or religion but about its economic impact on the 30 million ordinary Malaysians whether Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans and Ibans concerned about the rising cost of living and failed economic policies of BN. Malaysians want to see those who seek to replace BN to save the country, unite around economic issues and fighting corruption, They want to see a viable alternative that can perform better economically, not make speeches full of baseless or illogical statements relying merely on emotion and sentiments.

Hadi must compete with BN based on economic performance, on action not empty rhetoric. The people must be convinced of living a better life economically under a new alternative to BN, and not replace an economically-distressed country with a bankrupt state.

Just as DAP can showcase Penang as a model of good economic performance of annual budget surpluses, reduced debt and increased cash reserves as well as a welfare state that is not bankrupt, can Hadi do the same for PAS? In other words, is PAS willing to fight BN on the critical issue of economy and economic performance?

LIM GUAN ENG
—–Mandarin Version —
民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2016年1月25日在吉隆坡发表声明:

阿都哈迪如果连简单的经济理论也不明白,不但不责怪巫统,还以华人控制商业为由,诬指行动党支持美国的跨太平洋伙伴关系协议,他要怎么成为国家领袖?

行动党对于伊斯兰党主席阿都哈迪阿旺的荒唐言论感到困惑,他指行动党支持跨太平洋伙伴关系协议,是因为支持国内由大多数华人掌控的商业活动。

马来西亚人会以为这种诬蔑行动党立场或种族主义的言论出自巫统。一名伊斯兰党领袖竟然睁眼说瞎话,显示了伊党目前不只是与巫统合作,而且还学了巫统的招术,玩弄污蔑行动党的肮脏政治。

跨太平洋伙伴关系协议是巫统推动的协定,不是行动党。上述协定由美国主导,以牵制中国政治版图影响力。如果哈迪反华,他不应该反对跨太平洋伙伴关系协议,而应该支持跨太平洋伙伴关系协议来反对中国。为什么哈迪没有责怪也没有批评巫统?他既然已经是国阵联邦政府的顾问,却说服不了巫统来反对跨太平洋伙伴关系,他有什么解释?

哈迪不应该胡乱指责行动党支持上述协定,行动党已经多次表明立场。行动党反对跨太平洋伙伴关系协议,因为我们极度关心它如何影响马来西亚老百姓的生活水平、工资、中小型企业(SME)。将近40%的中小型企业可以因为跨太平洋伙伴关系协议而倒闭,这是联邦政府至今还没有提出的事实。

阿都哈迪如果连简单的经济理论也不明白,不但不责怪巫统,还以华人控制商业为由,诬指行动党支持美国的跨太平洋伙伴关系协议,他要怎么成为国家领袖?按照他的逻辑来说,巫统一定是华人,因为巫统在国会推动跨太平洋伙伴关系协议, 为什么哈迪继续与巫统合作,还成为国阵联邦政府的顾问 ?

跨太平洋伙伴关系协议无关种族或宗教,而是它对3000万马来西亚国民的经济影响,不论是马来人、华人、印度人、卡达山人及伊班人,大家皆关注百物高涨及国阵失败的经济政策。人民要看到那些能够取代国阵来拯救国家、为经济课题而团结、肃贪的领袖。他们要一个能更好地管理经济的替代政府,而不是满口胡言乱语、玩弄情绪的政客。

哈迪一定要以实际行动通过经济表现与国阵竞争,而不是空谈。人民需要相信,取代国阵的那个政府能够为人民带来更好的经济生活,而不是换来一个破产、经济陷入绝境的国家。

正如行动党已经展示槟城做为良好经济表现的模范,我们每一年财政预算有盈余、债务减少、现金储备增加,也成为不破产的福利州、哈迪能不能为伊斯 兰党做这样的典范?换句话说,伊党是否愿意为了经济课题及经济表现 与国阵一校高下?
林冠英

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