Press Statement Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town, On 28.12.2013.
UMNO’s Misuse Of Government Powers To Fund A Racist And Extremist Perkasa Before The General Election Is Not Surprising But MCA, MIC And Gerakan’s Professed Ignorance When They Were In Government Shows That They Are Either Lying Or Completely Irrelevant And Powerless In A BN Coalition Government.
UMNO’s misuse of government powers to fund a racist and extremist Perkasa before the general election is not surprising but MCA, MIC and Gerakan’s professed ignorance when they are in government shows that they are either lying or completely irrelevant and powerless in a BN coalition government. Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali admitted receiving funds from government agencies such as the National Security Council (MKN), National Civic Bureau (BTN) and Special Affairs Department (Jasa) to garner Malay votes to help BN win the last general election.
For BN to fund a racist and overtly anti non-Muslim and anti non-Malay organisation like Perkasa that seeks to marginalise non-Malays and non-Muslims as 3rd-class citizens is abominable and exposes the sham of Prime Minister’s Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s slogan of 1 Malaysia. UMNO can no longer blame non-Malays and non-Muslims for not supporting UMNO and BN because their strong suspicions that UMNO is behind Perkasa is now proven correct.
BN and UMNO should give a full accounting of the public funds that are also contributed by non-Malays and non-Muslims that ere made available to Perkasa. BN and its component parties in MCA, Gerakan and MIC should publicly apologise for trying to deceive and delude the public that they are multi-racial and fight for all Malaysians. Perkasa has nothing else to offer to Malaysia to deal with the most pressing issues of fighting corruption and rising cost of living.
With UMNO openly backing of Perkasa, the continued participation of MCA, Gerakan and MIC in BN only shows their craven subservience to UMNO to cling on to the perks and privileges of office. Clearly BN will continue to play the racial card because they fail to provide sound policies and a bright vision of the future that will fight corruption and lead to stronger communities, a higher standard of living and sustainable development.
The failed leadership of BN that is not people-centric is highlighted by the imposition of GST of 6% and price hikes in petrol, electricity, sugar, school stationery, school bus fares and highway toll hikes after the general elections. Even before the price hikes, middle-class and lower income groups are forced to go heavily in debt to make ends meet.
The World Bank in its Economic Monitor report on Malaysia on Dec 10, expected household expenditures in 2014 will be further affected as the government continues to cut subsidies. It said that Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia or BR1M will cost the government RM7.1 billion, so the actual cut in fuel subsidy is expected to expand from 23% today to 28.6% in 2014 to meet savings targets.
Malaysia’s record household debt to GDP ratio of 83.5% is the second highest in Asia and is expected to rise higher after the price hikes. At a time when the public is suffering from the higher cost of living, BN cronies and their family members are continuing to live in luxury with expensive tastes not only in Malaysia but also buying expensive properties overseas.
BN’s refusal to fight corruption can be seen by their refusal to implement open competitive tenders and make public declaration of assets of leaders of government. Instead BN attempts to cover up the burning issue of corruption and extraordinary wealth of BN cronies and family members as well as price hikes by playing the extremist racial and religious card.
DAP reminds BN that such desperate tactics did not work during the recent general elections when BN gathered only 47% to PR’s 51% in terms of popular vote. After these serial price hikes, public anger at the realisation that they were deviously tricked by BN would have enabled PR to win an even higher popular vote if a general election were held now.
LIM GUAN ENG
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