Speech By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In The DAP Bidayuh Ceramah In Serian Town, Sarawak On 25.11.2012.
DAP challenges Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to prove his claim that a change in government is not necessary to bring changes in the country. In one critical area that BN has failed to change is fighting corruption. Even I will believe the Prime Minister that BN is ready to change if Najib can not only change the Sarawak Chief Minister but asking Tan Sri Taib Mahmud to share his wealth with the people of Sarawak
This historic DAP ceramah in the small town of Serian by DAP Serian Branch with over 2,000 mainly Bidayuhs, show that Sarawak native people such as Bidayuh, are ready to accept the DAP for the first time ever because you want a change of government. You want a change in government because you know BN can not change. As long as BN supports corruption as it has done over 50 years, we know that BN will never change just like a leopard cannot change its spots.
However let us give the Prime Minister one more chance to prove that BN can change and can fight corruption. Will BN adopt the 6 tests of fighting corruption of making a public declaration of assets, implementing open competitive tenders, bar family members from being involved with government contracts, protect genuine whistleblowers, remove BN leaders with extravagant lifestyles and come clean on political donations? Fighting corruption is not just having clean political leaders but also implementing a system of institutions that can automatically check, detect and punish corruption.
Malaysians are disappointed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak consider the RM40 million donation to UMNO Sabah as proper and appropriate and has even rejected outright the allegations of extraordinary wealth of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud. Taib’s former daughter-in-law, Mahmud Shahnaz Abdul Majid, revealed that Taib’s son charged RM782,520.55 to just one of his credit cards for the first six months of this year. Shahnaz is claiming RM400 million in their divorce settlement in the Syariah courts as her husband is reputedly worth RM1 billion with RM 700 million of deposits in 111 bank accounts in local foreign countries.
If Taib’s son is so wealthy, definitely his family is wealthier. Let Najib prove that he means what he says by getting Taib Mahmud to share all his family’s wealth with the people of Sarawak.
PR Will Wipe Out Poverty In Sarawak The Same Way Penang Will Be The First State In Malaysia To Wipe Out Poverty By 2013.
PR will wipe out poverty in Sarawak the same way Penang will be the first state in Malaysia to wipe out poverty by 2013. In Sarawak the poverty line is RM 912 per month for every household. In Penang it is RM763 per month per household.
Penang will wipe out poverty next year by ensuring that every household next year will exceed the poverty line by receiving at least RM770 every month. For households with less than RM770 every month, the Penang PR state government will top up the difference every month to RM770. For instance, if the family only receives RM600, then the state government will top up the difference of RM170 every month to RM770.
RM 20 million will be allocated for this poverty eradication exercise by the Penang PR state government. If Penang can do it, a richer state like Sarawak can also do it by ensuring that every household gets at least RM912 per month. Since BN has refused to do it for the last 49 years, let us change so that PR can show how wiping out poverty in Sarawak can be done.
LIM GUAN ENG