By Chua Jui Meng
Chua addressing a 40-table 5th anniversary dinner of the Thian Lai Kong Temple in Taman Setia Indah in Tebrau on Oct 15, 2012.
BY RIGHT, Malaysia should today be a rich, progressive and prosperous nation. But why is it not so?
After 55 years of greed, plundering and emptying the national coffer, the Barisan Nasional (BN)-Umno government is now living off borrowings.
According to Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Mukhriz Mahathir, the federal debt is at about RM800 billion.
That is why our economy is in tatters with the value of the ringgit shrinking fast (now at RM2.50 to S$1), cost of essentials and living rising and the people living in misery having to struggle to make ends meet daily.
That is why the rakyat (people) is at a political crossroad and have no choice but to change the corrupt BN-Umno before economic disaster befalls us as a bankrupt country.
Sabah’s RM40 million Musagate involving the state’s timber revenue and Sarawak’s multi-billionaire Taib Mahmud are two clear cases of super rich BN-Umno chief ministers who need not be accountable to their current wealth.
Chua at the main table with local Chinese leaders at Thian Lai Kong’s 40-table 5th anniversary dinner in Tebrau’s Taman Setia Indah on Oct 15, 2012.
Malaysia is a blessed country with rich natural resources, including oil and gas, and the 26 million citizens should be reasonably comfortable financially. But they are not, especially the rural and urban poor.
In 1992, when I was in China, there were no cars on the roads, only bicycles and motorcycles. Not even Proton cars, don’t talk about Mercedes Benz.
After two decades, China has overtaken Japan as the biggest economy in the world.
BN-Umno leaders and their cronies can continue to tell us, the Chinese, to Balik Tong San (Go back to China), but I will not.
I was born in Malaysia, I reside in Malaysia and Malaysia is my country.
The Chinese in Johor must rise to give solid support to Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in the next general election for a more secure future.
We cannot rely on MCA anymore as it has proven to be only a “Yes Man” party to Umno. They only know how to continue to kiss the hands of Umno leaders for crumbs.
The Chinese must replace MCA with PR parties or under the New Development Policy, even Small Medium Industries (SMIs) and Small Medium Enterprise (SMEs) would be restructured.