Malays have a choice, don’t continue to live in povertyBy Chua Jui Meng
Chua delivering his ceramah (political rally discourse) in Muar’s Sri Jong on Jalan Abdul Rahman on Nov 9, 2012.
MALAYSIANS, especially the Malays, cannot and must not continue to live in poverty.
After 55 years, you must surely say that is enough. You have a choice and you can show that through your ballots in the next general election.
Use your ballots to make change so that another government can try to make life better for everyone. You have no other choice under the present circumstances.
Umno’s battle cries for 55 years have been – Ketuanan Melayu! (Malay Supremacy) Menyelamatkan Melayu! (Save Malays) Bela Melayu! (Defend Malays) Jangan Hilang Kuasa Melayu! (Don’t lose Malay Powers).
What Malay Supremacy? More like Umno Supremacy, Save Malays? From what? Defend Malays, from whom? Don’t lose Malay power? More like don’t lose Umno powers.
Malaysians, including Malays, are at a critical political crossroad.
Part of the Malay crowd in Muar listening attentively to Chua’s ceramah.
We must start asking ourselves intelligently and come up with honest answers and decisions.
It is clear for all to see that the corrupt Umno-led BN has only been plundering and enriching their cronies, family members and themselves.
It all started with the 22-year Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s rule, followed by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and now Najib Abdul Razak.
Their plundering has saddled us with a more than RM502.4 billion federal debts, as revealed by Budget 2013, which we and our children and generations will have to bear.
Before the Mahathir regime, the Land Acquisition Act 1960 was used to acquire land for infrastructure and public development projects, like roads, schools, hospitals etc.
In 1991, Mahathir amended the Act to enable state governments to acquire such land, and then to alienate such land to their cronies and crony Umno companies like Renong and UEM for development.
Johor PKR chairman and PKR vice-president Chua Jui Meng seen here in a serious discussion with PKR deputy president Azmi Ali at the ceramah in Muar on Nov 9, 2012.
The agriculture village land, mostly Malay customary-owned, are acquired cheaply by the state government and then converted to property development to enrich their cronies and themselves.
Such land grabs have been carried out by Mahathir, then Abdullah, Najib and in Johor, we are seeing your Mentri Besar Ghani Othman at work in Pengerang. Did you not see this happened in Gelang Patah, Pasir Gudang, Denga Bay, etc?
We are seeing thousands of Malays driven out of their kampongs (villages) when such land grabs are initiated by Umno leaders.
Are these stories made up by us?
Let me share with you what we know. You may not like what you hear, but it’s how Umno manipulates and make a fool out of Melayu (Malays). The BN-Umno brainwashing Biro Tata Negara (BTN) has for years, and is still doing so, telling their civil servants to go into the interiors and Malay villages and promise the villagers everything they want. After the general election, no need to deliver the promises.
They are told that as long as the villagers remain ignorant and their children’s salaries remain low, they will be under control.
That is why the wages and salaries in our country are kept low compared with others. You don’t need to look far.
A high school classmate told me that his daughter who is working in Singapore as a guru sekolah menengah (secondary school teacher) was earning about RM28,000 a month (inclusive of four months bonus).
What are the salaries of our secondary school teachers?
The country’s richest natural resource, Petronas’ oil and gas, are being and have been bled by Mahathir, Abdullah and now Najib, not for Malays but for their families and Umno cronies.
These are what Umno claims to be the New Economic Policy (NEP) for Malays. If the NEP is really for the Malays, with the trillions of ringgit in oil revenue over the years, why is the majority of Malay villagers still living in abject poverty or below the low-income group?
You must consider all these with honesty and make a correct decision for yourselves in the next general election.