Chua: Islam and Democracy can co-exist to steer success
JOHOR BARU (Oct 13, 2012): Turkey’s current success shows Islam and Democracy can co-exist to help steer a nation towards positive socio-economic progress.
“The brave Turkish people went for change with Tayyip Erdogan in 2003 and today, about 10 years after, Turkey registered a 300% economic growth.
“Turkey even settled its remaining EUR1 billion debt with the International Monetary Fund last April,” Johor PKR (People’s Justice Party) chairman Chua Jui Meng said in a ceramah (political rally) tonight.
Chua added: “Tayyip Erdogan formed his Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) in 2001 while in prison. Tayyip went on to implement numerous people-centric reforms, including free education for all in his country.
“Now, this is a country without oil and gas. Did it go bankrupt?
“And the Barisan Nasional (BN)-Umno federal government was quick to say Malaysia will go bankrupt under Pakatan Rakyat (PR)’s free education policy should it get the mandate from the people to govern.
Johor Baru PKR branch chairman and lawyer Tan Poh Lai was among the speakers. She is also Johor PKR treasurer and Johor PKR Wanita deputy chairman.
“It is BN-Umno’s plundering of the nation’s wealth and unabated corruption to enrich Umno cronies and elites that will bankrupt Malaysia.”
He said should PR be given the mandate to administer Putrajaya after the next general election, Anwar as prime minister would emulate Turkey by implementing similar people-centric policies to help lift Malaysia’s sagging economic fortunes.
“Anwar has made this very clear to all Malaysians when, announcing PR’s shadow Budget 2013, by saying that all race-based policies must go to fast track socio-economic growth,” Chua said in the ceramah in Kampung Melayu Majide.
Chua, who is also PKR vice-president, spoke at the ceramah organised in conjunction with the opening of the Kampung Melayu Majide PKR branch office.
From left are A.Hamid Awang, Chua, Zaleha Mohamed and Atan Awang.
“I was very touched by the invitation to dine at the residence of Pak Hamid and his wife Zaleha in this kampung (village).
“Pak Hamid is an ex-serviceman in his 80s and his homemaker wife is in her 70s.
“Both said they were honoured to have me dine in their run down wooden house. I said it is not the house, it is the heart, health and peace of mind that matter.
“Pak Hamid went for optional retirement more than 30 years ago and his pension was RM150. Today, it is RM350. Is that enough for the couple’s survival?
“Luckily for Pak Hamid and his wife, they have two well educated and successful son and daughter to help them out,” Chua said.
“Malaysia is a country blessed with rich natural resources, including oil and gas. After 55 years of BN-Umno rule, why must there be so many Pak Hamids living in abject poverty.
“Something is very wrong with BN-Umno’s economic policies which have run up a federal debt of RM800 billion, according to Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Muhkriz Mahathir.
“We are on the verge of becoming a bankrupt nation, and the cure for the people’s economic woes is to change. Give BN-Umno the boot,” he added.
Listening to Chua’s ceramah outside the new Kampung Melayu Majide PKR branch office.