Monday, 11 February 2013

BN-Umno now irrational

BN-Umno now irrational
By Chua Jui Meng

Chua … Umno-led BN is today an irrational ruling coalition

THE Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) is today an irrational ruling coalition that does not believe in gentlemanly behaviour.
It will behave ridiculously to disrupt ceramah featuring Pakatan Rakyat (PR) de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.
It will have the police set up roadblocks to cause traffic congestions to frustrate the people who want to hear what Anwar has to say.
It will organise so-called ceramah nearby with loudspeakers blaring in our direction to try and drown our speakers.
BN’s ceramah has no more than 20 people and they seem to be having a ceramah among themselves. As a former health minister, I would describe them as tak waras (not quite right).
Why can’t we respect the democratic process, let the people judge the issues being articulated by both sides of the political divide and contest on a fair and level field.
That, I believe, is what the rakyat wants. Not BN-Umno’s politics of intimidation and threats
The BN-Umno government has also become more unreliable and irresponsible, allowing the federal debt to double to more than RM620 billion from 2004 until today.
That is 74% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) when the legislated federal debt ceiling is 55%.
When Abdullah took over from Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister, Abdullah had lamented to me that the national coffer was empty.
So, he had to resort to borrowings to keep the country afloat. Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is also doing the same, borrowing like there is no tomorrow.
Both Abdullah and Najib are equally irresponsible because they should be focusing on reducing the debts instead.
Some 60% of the borrowings are from the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), the rakyat’s life savings. Who will be responsible if EPF goes bust?
Malaysians should see and learn from what is happening in Spain now. The Spaniards are rioting and fighting for a change in their government due to excessive borrowing resulting in severe socio-economic hardship.
Do we want this to happen in Malaysia before we act to change?
Lawan tetap lawan untuk selamatkan Malaysia (Fight we must fight to save Malaysia)!
Malaccans brave the rain to hear out Chua and later Anwar Ibrahim at the ceramah in Jasin on Feb 3, 2013.

Other significant issues that can be attributed BN’s incompetency and thereby burdening the rakyat are:
Ø Why are we paying such high excise duty and taxes for Malaysian-made cars but foreigners are enjoying lower prices?
Ø Why is Mahathir the world’s second richest former head of government with an estimated wealth of US$44 billion (more than RM132 billion);
Ø Why are we paying higher retail prices for oil compared with Brunei? and
Ø Why are we paying high tolls for use of highways or expressways?
It is time for Malaysians to punish BN-Umno for corruption, power abuses and mismanagement of the country’s wealth.
The best, and perhaps the only opportunity for this century, is in the coming 13th General Election.