P.140 Segamat (13th General Election on May 5, 2013)
46,262 (20,093/43.43% Malays; 21,393/46.24% Chinese; 4,641/10.03% Indians)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
‘Investors will shun Umno’s racist policies’
Chua … victory for the people can only be achieved with the rakyat’s full support.
SEGAMAT (May 2, 2013): After completing a nine-hour (11am to 8pm) walkabout in the commercial centre here, in the Malay heartland villages and the Taman Yayasan night market, Johor PKR chief Chua Jui Meng ended the night with two ceramahs.
Chua delivered his ceramah at 8.30pm in a DAP ceramah featuring Lim Kit Siang in Kampung Abdullah. The ceramah attracted about 15,000 people.
He then headed for Kampung Gelang Cincin, an Umno stronghold, at 9.30pm, for a PAS ceramah organised by Buloh Kasap candidate Firdaus Masod’s campaign team.
At the DAP ceramah, Chua reminded the Chinese audience: “We want change but let’s not be overly confident. The Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) mean machine and the use of government resources to cheat on Sunday (May 5 polling day) make our battle for justice and good governance much more difficult.
“Lawan Tetap Lawan (We must definitely fight),” he said to a thunderous round of response from the audience repeating the battle cry.
Chua reminded the audience that victory for the people can only be achieved with the rakyat’s full support.
“Every single vote counts if we want to get rid of the cheating by BN. So, all must come out to vote for PR,” he added.
Chua said PR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim had proven himself as a competent finance minister who brought five consecutive budget surpluses when he was deputy prime minister and finance minister.
Part of the 15,000-strong crowd at the DAP ceramah in Kampung Abdullah.
He was then recognised internationally as the best finance minister and a jealous Mahathir Mohamed had to remove him.
“So, BN is talking rubbish by saying that the Anwar-led Pakatan Rakyat (PR) federal government would bankrupt the country. It is BN that will bankrupt the country with corruption and plundering of the country’s wealth,” he said, adding the Najib Abdul Razak-led BN had been internationally recognised as the world champion in corruption.
Chua said the Chinese in Johor had overwhelmingly decided to give PR a chance to govern after May 5 and “we are also feeling the winds of change from the Indians and Malays”.
“We promise a caring and loving government for the people. Anwar has repeatedly said that the PR government would do away with all the BN’s race-based policies to fast forward Malaysia’s socio-economic growth for all Malaysians.
“Give us five years to show what we can do for Johoreans, just like what we have achieved in Penang, Selangor, Kedah, Kelantan and, for a while in Perak, with a clean administration.
“An administration that looks after the people, not cronies,” he added.
In Kampung Gelang Cincin, Chua said six retired army generals had joined the political cause of PR because “they have had enough of BN’s corrupt ways”.
“They are experienced and educated Malays who know what is right, what is wrong. They also know the corruption and abuses of power of the BN administration,” he added.
“After 56 years of Umno rule, where are the Malays in the many rural areas, the so called Malay heartland. Are you any better off economically compared with the Umno cronies?”
He urged the Malays to look at the facts when deciding which political coalition to support on Sunday (May 5, 2013).
“Stop giving Umno blind support and continue to be enslaved by Umno. Think rationally and out of the box, not emotions.
“Umno is not worth your support,” he said, adding that Umno had actually betrayed the Malays’ trust.
Chua said Umno was today a racist party that continues to use race and religion to divide Malaysians so that it continues to rule and plunder the nation’s wealth.
“Umno priority is not the welfare of the people and country. It is their pockets and cronies.
“If Umno could reform after 2008, it would not pursue its current political agenda of using race and religion to incite hatred between Malaysians of all races. It would have focused on national unity to win the hearts and minds of Malaysians.
“If Umno wins the vote on May 5, we will all suffer economically because investors, both local and foreign, will shy from Malayisia’s racist policies,” he added.Here’s a collection of pictures from last night: