Barisan Nasional 2008 Manifesto of Lies and Falsehoods?

(Media Conference Statement at DAP Ipoh Timur Ops Centre on Thursday 28th February 2008 at 1 pm)

I greatly regret that the caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has resorted to intemperate language in accusing the DAP of spreading lies in the 2008 general election campaign, as illustrated by today’s Sun front-page headline: “BN leaders on offensive – PM: Opposition Spreading lies to Undermine Barisan Unity” and Utusan Malaysia’s front-page headline “Pembangkang iri hati – Tabur tohmahan, fitnah kerana kejayaan BN tadbir Negara – PM”.

I do not want to respond in kind to reciprocate Abdullah’s intemperate language, or I will describe the 2008 Barisan Nasional (BN) Election Manifesto as a Manifesto of Lies and Falsehoods – with a very great difference, I will be able to prove my charge that the 2008 Barisan Nasional Election Manifesto is a Manifesto of Lies and Falsehoods while Abdullah will not be able to substantiate his ridiculous charge that the DAP is guilty of spreading lies to undermine BN unity.

I feel very hurt that Abdullah has accused me and other DAP leaders (who clearly fall under his strictures yesterday) of spreading lies to undermine him and the Barisan Nasional, when I had publicly expressed support for him to carry out his pledges when he became Prime Minister to create an accountable, efficient, incorruptible, people-oriented, democratic and just government.

I was criticized for not behaving like a proper Opposition leader in expressing support for Abdullah’s reformist pledges – but as far as I and the DAP are concerned, we are not in Opposition for the sake of Opposition but for what is good for the country, and we are prepared to praise the Prime Minister and the Barisan Nasional when they do right but will not flinch from out duty to criticize and even condemn the Prime Minister and the government for failures and wrongs to the people and country.

Immediately after the landslide Barisan Nasional victory in the 2004 general election, I was asked in a Malaysiakini interview how long I would give Abdullah to deliver his reform pledges – and I had said I would give him two years and would suspend judgment in the meanwhile.

Two years came and went and Abdullah failed to make any visible progress to deliver his reform pledges. I still withheld any expression of my disappointment, as I decided to give him another year.

This is why I feel strongly the injustice of Abdullah’s accusation that DAP leaders and I had told lies about him and the Barisan Nasional when I had bent backwards to be fair to him, giving him more time to fulfill his many reform pledges on becoming Prime Minister over four years ago.

I have said that I do not want to follow Abdullah’s intemperate language and describe the 2008 Barisan Nasional election manifesto as a manifesto of lies and falsehoods, although I am prepared to face Abdullah in a television debate to substantiate such a statement.

I have already highlighted the misrepresentation of the 2008 BN Election Manifesto with regard to the worsening problems of crime and corruption.

Let me refer to two points in an analysis of an economist on the BN 2008 Manifesto:

1. “Living standards even more directly correspond with individual earnings and household income levels. In fact, we already get a hint at the distribution of economic growth and the realization of benefits. The BN Manifesto reports that nominal household income increased from RM3,249 to RM3,617 over the period 2004-2007. That translates into an annual growth rate of 3.6%, and at an inflation rate of 2.6% over that period, real household income grew at 1.0% per year. One percent per year real income growth seems to correlate more closely with the struggle and anxiety of many households to make ends meet. Increases in civil servants’ pay and allowances may alleviate the situation, but that is a one-off effect.”

2. “The Manifesto did not say 1.3 million jobs – it said 1.3 million job opportunities. So, then, what is a job opportunity? Is it a job that is envisioned and planned, or is it a real job that pays? How do more ‘job opportunities‘ help unemployed graduates, alienated former plantation workers, dispossessed urban dwellers? Are we creating jobs too poorly paying that Malaysians are not interested, calling that opportunity, then labelling those who do embrace such opportunity ungrateful?”

So what we have in the BN 2008 General Election Manifesto is a report card about real household income which increased by just 1.0% per year from 2004 to 2007 and the creation of over 1.3 million “job opportunities” instead of “jobs” – whatever that means!

  1. #1 by ADAM YONG IBNI ABDULLAH on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 5:25 pm

    on the 12th of february 2008, abdullah badawi announced on malaysia prime tv, that parliament WILL NOT BE DISSOLVED ON THE 13th february 2008.

    on the 13th of february 2008, abdullah badawi announced that parliament IS DISSOLVED for general election.

    read my lips. who is kidding who.

    and when the whole country was nearly flooded, where was abdullah badawi. ??? you know.

    i wont be so worked up by abdullah badawi statements. it likens to a student who had not done his revision, but is taking an examination tomorrow. WHO DO YOU BLAME ? the teacher lol.

  2. #2 by Rocky on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 5:43 pm

    Pak Lah is a liar. He is finding a scape goat.

  3. #3 by fish_talk on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 5:44 pm

    In the last G. Election 2004, Malaysians has voted and BN had a landslide victory.
    But do you realize what sort of MPs you have helped to put into the parliament ?
    Many are not worthy of becoming a YB. These include

    1. The guy who keep falling asleep in all occasions…yet claiming work very hard
    2. The guy who keep raising kris to intimate others… yet claiming berjuang untuk unity.
    3. The guy who keep coming back for more of yet another terms for the last 27 years.
    4. The guy who keep on buying expensive hardware that lead to death of Mongolian girl.
    5. The guy who keep closing one eye, and hope others don’t see him doing things.
    6. The guy who is so preoccupied with sex, that when heard “bocor”, he can only think of one thing.
    7. The guy who was caught pants down, but his only regret – shouldn’t have gone back to same hotel room everytime.
    8. And the list just go ..on .. and … on.

    MPs are voted into parliament to serve the country. But rather these stooges have literately been sleeping … threatening … dragging …spending lavishly…abusing position .. . That is how they serve the Rakyat.

    OMG, what sort of characters are found in our Malaysian Parliament.
    Come this GE2008, voters must go for CHANGE.
    Parliament is different from a Circus.
    Please don’t vote anymore clown into our parliament.

    Vote opposition to get rid of the Clowns.

  4. #4 by TrueMalaysian8888 on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 5:53 pm

    Why both BN and DAP no longer put fighting Corruption as their manifesto????

    Does it mean there is no corruption in Malaysia anymore?????

    Will Petronas go bankrupt if we used their extra profit to help ease the petrol price???

    I think Petronas will go bankrupt if they continue liked now….paying bumi steel drum supplier rm 85 per drum while these bumi suppliers gets their steel drum from CHINESE Manufacturer for RM35…….
    These people rakes in Millions every month……

    I saw news that in india, the coruption is so great that a guy who is only a clerk managed to accumulate USD 100 millions wealth from the state oil company….

    Can YOU imagine how wealthy those sitting in Petronas twin Tower.

  5. #5 by k1980 on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 6:04 pm

    … it likens to a student who had not done his revision, but is taking an examination tomorrow. WHO DO YOU BLAME ?
    Certainly not the teacher, brother. Under the present education system, a bum who failed every primary school test and exam sttill is offered a place in sec school, and if he has the right connections, can switch courses in university even though he fails statistics. Blame his parents and the system, but please, not the teacher

  6. #6 by dawsheng on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 6:10 pm

    Barisan Rakyat leaders must tell the Rakyat, convinced them that the oppositions are ready to take over as government.

  7. #7 by matterofchoice2008 on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 6:11 pm

    Time to vote for Jeff Ooi and the Opposition. Exercise your right now!!

    TAK NAK TO ………….

    We need the check and balance for good governance.
    Please do your part. Please call upon all friends and relatives to vote for the Opposition.
    We need to send the right candidates to parliment to voice up for us.
    Penang and Jelutong voters, we need more supports to reject BN parasites going into the Parliment.

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 6:26 pm

    “I would give him two years”

    2 years? Mana boleh? Too short lah. AAB suffered a personal tragedy during that period and later he was busy courting, getting married, honeymooning, setting up a new home, and travelling. How can LKS expect AAB to perform in the first 2 years.

    Must give AAB more time. Another 5 more years, boleh tak?

  9. #9 by KL Dude on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 6:29 pm

    YB Kit,

    Suggest in your ceramahs now just give due credit to BN on certain things where it is due to them to prove to the rakyat that whatever the PM say is a lie about you. Then after that, you can go on whacking them upside down after the few praises… he he.

    The media is very loopsided now and all of them are reporting pro-BN stories and suddenly become enemies of the opposition, though some were critisizing BN a few months ago. Can sense that the media probably could have been threathen of getting thier licenses revoked perhaps until they don’t dare talk anything nice about the opposition.

    Though the ceramahs do help, it may not be able to reach out as many people as possible and the opposition has a tougher battle actually as compared to BN who’s in a much favourable situation. However, thanks to the internet, many are turning to them nowadays for alternative news and the opposition must make full use of this opportunity to gain the extra votes that could be critical.

    Remember it maybe tough for the opposition to win 75 parliment seats to deny BN a 2/3 majority but the aim here is to increase the opposition seats from 20 previously to a much higher stake to deny BN of a landslide victory again… and winning 75 seats would surely be an icing to the cake then.

    To the Almighty ONE, nothing is impossible and let us all unite in prayer in our very own way for divine intervention. The Almighty ONE knows what’s best for this country and remember prayer changes things… no matter what religion you are !

  10. #10 by Malaysian citizen on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 6:44 pm

    The biggest lies they tell on TV on and off is : in Malaysia BN or UMNO is treating every citizen equally.

    It is very well known by the whole world that UMNO is giving special rights to just Malays.

    It is Known by the whole world that UMNO is setting quotas which sides only the Malays . For example : 90% placement for Malays in all government Universities in Malaysia.

    All government projects will only be given to Malay companies.

    All listing company must pull in a Malay partner.

    And the list can go on and on and on.If only of the things I said above is not true , pls do not read on.

    Do you call all this double standard rules fixed by UMNO fair ??? to the Chinese and Indians.

    Aren’t we non-Malays not born in Malaysia???.Why do we have to be called non-bumis and they call themselves bumis???.

    UMNO is treating us unfairly and we are threaten by the Police and government not to mention a word about their special rights or you wil be sent to jail before trial( ISA).

    This kind of dictatorship government is the worst hypocrite you can find in the whole world.

    Don’t believe a single word they say , believe the truth that you are a 2nd class citizen now, vote foe the opposition , you have nothing to lose.

  11. #11 by ktteokt on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 7:41 pm

    He failed to keep his promise he made four years ago when he ascended his “throne”, so whatever he says now does not bear any credit, just as the boy who cried “WOLF!!”

  12. #12 by fjjs on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 7:57 pm

    Hey, don’t criticise our PM…In the last few years he is good and did many things:-

    – everytime yawning and sleeping during important meetings
    – awarded contracts worth billions to own son
    – allow the SIL to decide and run the country on his behalf
    – keeping corrupt ministers in this coming election as candidates
    – jeanne, lets take a walk in all the corridors that i have built
    – found jazlin but dead, sharline still missing and unknown

    This is the right time to make our PM the next opposition leader after March 8th 2008.

    Vote wisely…..VOTE OPPOSITION

  13. #13 by Wisdom above on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 8:42 pm

    Thursday, February 28, 2008
    Friday Deadline! (Polling & Counting Agents)

    Is this up on Malaysia Today & Malaysiakini? These guys really play dirty! They even tried to bring down PKR websites. Wonder if they would attack PAS & DAP websites next?!


    Once again from YB Eli, sounds like EC suddenly put a new deadline for PACAs, this Friday!!

    It’s a tight race, and they’re trying their darndest to make it hard for us.

    All our campaign work goes to naught if on polling day there isn’t anything to stop the counter from declaring every opposition vote a ‘barisan’ vote and putting it into the wrong pile.

    That’s where YOU come in :)

    We’re working on ways to funnel PACA’s to candidates who need them. Just leave a comment with your e-mail and phone number here for starters!

    Be a part of a better Malaysia, bring about the new dawn we need so badly.

    from elizabeth wong:

    Original post here.

    Last night, we were informed that Polling and Counting Agents have to have their names, IC numbers in by this FRIDAY! Ah, satu lagi keputusan petir SPR….

    We need a couple of hundred people who are willing to sacrifice just one day on March 8, to help ensure there won’t be any cheats or ghostly voters.

    Please write to: if you wish to help!

  14. #15 by Wisdom above on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 10:25 pm

    No compromise between right and evil
    Thomas Cranmer | Feb 28, 08 2:53pm

    Politics is an arena in which personal convictions and public service intermingle like no other;…….

    Vote with “Wisdom from Above “.

    Vote for Change.

    Syabas. Barisan Rakyat.

  15. #16 by bennylohstocks on Thursday, 28 February 2008 - 10:56 pm

  16. #17 by Wisdom above on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 12:03 am

    This how they remained in power…

    ………Taped: BN buy votes at Ijok by-election…..

    ……… Ijok: Alleged phantom buses caught!…..

    A ‘ Dynamic Malaysia ‘ …equality for all…a better future.

    Vote for Change.

    Syabas. Barisan Rakyat.

  17. #18 by choonchoy on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 12:59 am

    ….. charge that the DAP is guilty of spreading lies to undermine BN unity…..

    AAB does a very good job at undermining the BN unity himself. (when he is awake, that is)

    This is one of the reasons our schools do not teach world history.

    ……..We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security……….. – The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America 1776

  18. #19 by dawsheng on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 1:41 am

    “PM: Opposition Spreading lies to Undermine Barisan Unity”

    Only when the lies are the truths then it can undermine BN’s Unity. The truth is, BN is a place where liars are united, can more lies undermine a bunch of liars? But when a liar hear the truth he will say it is a lie anyway.

  19. #20 by k1980 on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 9:35 am

    Let’s give the lying mullah another 5 years…. behind bars

  20. #21 by NotProudToBeMalaysian on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 10:22 am

    Badawi is too old to remember things very well.
    We know his tactics very well!
    He lied but in the mean time he will condemn others who lie.
    He does alot of things that do know follow to what he says.
    He comes up with the idea of Islam Hadhiri but does adhere to it.
    What sort of place should we put him in?
    You guess!!!!

  21. #22 by shortie kiasu on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 12:20 pm

    We will never believe what was said, we can analyse and judge. We do not take what BN said at face values.

  22. #23 by Joshoyy on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 1:10 pm

    Are all the component parties in BN well represented??? You will find out here:

    In this news, you will notice that the paper reported that…

    Najib not only took aim at PAS, but was also there to put a stop to the in-fighting among Umno members that had scuttled past efforts to unseat PAS.

    “There should not be ‘your people’ and ‘my people’ in Umno. I don’t want to hear such talk. There are only Umno people in the Barisan,” he said on Wednesday.

    So, what he claimed is crystal clear that there are only UMNO people in the Barisan, where are the rest??? They are so get used to it…so they took others for granted even though there are other component parties in the Barisan, they treat their comrades in the Barisan in such manner….to all members of all those component parties in Barisan out there [except UMNO of course], do you think such claim & treatment fair & make sense???? Pls wake up…

  23. #24 by boh-liao on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 2:59 pm

    In all ceramah, DAP and opposition speakers must announce to all Malaysians that AAB is a LIAR!

    Fact #1: AAB lied about the date when parliament is to be dissolved. On 12.2.08, AAB said “parliament will not be dissolved tomorrow”. On 13.2.08, the Star (a BN controlled newspaper) screamed: “Parliament will not be dissolved today”. Then on 13.2.08 after 12 noon, Badawi, without any embarrassment, declared to the world the dissolution of parliament.
    What the F, ini pun nak tipu!

    Of course, there are many more lies.

    A country is judged by its leaders. Malaysia was led by a big liar. Are we proud of this? Do we still want a pathological liar, in the Emperor’s New Clothes, to lead the nation?

    In all ceramah, DAP and opposition speakers must announce to all Malaysians that AAB is a LIAR!

  24. #25 by boh-liao on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 3:38 pm

    the Star, 29.2.08: Chief Justice Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohamad, is furious that funds allocated for the judiciary over the last two years had been “used up” by 2005.

    – Relax lah, CJ, don’t you know that this is BN’s culture: korek, korek, korek, spend, spend, spend – and AAB just told us, no problem, everything is clean, clean, clean and under control.

    CJ said before closing his speech: “Also don’t forget, buat kerja bukan buat kenduri (do your work and not feast).”

    – Ssssssssssh, not so loud. Nanti CJ kena sacked for interferring with orang punya kenduri.

    At the ceremony, a total of 284 court staff nationwide received the excellence award from Abdul Hamid. Among the recipients were Industrial Court chairman Hapipah Monel and special officer to the Chief Justice Hasbi Hassan.

    – Why no VK Lingam aah? He wrote judgements for you-know-who and deserves to receive an excellence award. No fair one.

  25. #26 by winterman05 on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 7:26 pm

    When the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Badawi, took over from Tun Dr. Mahathir, he promised many things; and many people, including myself, took his word as gospel truth. After all, he appeared to be a humble, honest and pleasant man. One of his main pledges was the fight against corruption; another was a fast delivery system. And people accepted his word in good faith; and when he called for the General Election, the people voted overwhelmingly for him and the BN.

    So, when he was attacked left and right by his predecessor, I like many others supported him. My article in Malaysiakini entitled
    ” Mahathir’s turns to accept decisions now” ( please turn to pages 176-177) in the book ‘ Mahathir vs. Abdullah’ would substantiate what I believed in at that time. Now, as Mr. Lim Kit Siang had given him more than two years to PROVE that he would PRACTISE what he preached, I too, gave him time. Sad to say, he had failed miserably to DELIVER the goods promised solemnly. The Corruption index, fro example, had gone plummeted. The crime arte had gone up; and people live in fear walking the streets. Women and children have to look over their shoulders. Snatch-thieves run wild. Kidnappings of children especially are rampant. The judiciary system is now being questioned by people. The UMNO man who put up an illegal mansion has not been pulled up. The “close one eye” MP has not been punished. Peaceful demonstrators by BERSIH and HINDRAF were sprayed with acid-laced water instead of allowing teh peaceful demonstrations to go on, for they have
    genuine grievances . Five HINDRAF demonstrators were locked up in Kamunting detention camp under iSA. If they had done any wrong, why not bring them to court ? IF you have PROOFS, produce them. If you can’t, it is just too bad:you simply could not PROVE your case in the court of law. You cannot used knuckle-dusters to clmap them down and silence them

    You said “NO MAN IS ABOVE THE LAW”. Well, your own son-in-law led UMNO Youth and demonstrated against the US State Secretary, Madam Rice, who was an INVITED GUEST of our nation. Was it a proper way to treat a guest ? Was any action taken against him and others who demonstrated ? NO! Then, tehre were demonstrations against those LEGITIMATE Article 11 convenors for an inter-faith conference in Penang, Johore. What happened ? Instead of arresting those who demonstrated, the convenors were told to close shop! And they had the permit to hold conferences. So waht is the purpsoe of asking for a Police permit; and then withdrawing it. Yes, ” No man is above the law ” .

    When the UMNO Youth leader brandished his KERIS at the UMNO Assembly, practically implying that he was threatening others races, what was done ? NOTHING! Does his act promote goodwill and harmony? Why was no action taken against him? What would have happened if a MCA member were to raise a samurai sword? Would action be taken then?

    Promoting INTER-faith conferences will bring better understanding among the people of various religions.We should encourage them; not stem them .

    And now the judiciary is in the dock. When people lose confidence in the judiciary, then it will be the law of the jungle. People will ask “why go to Court?” which is already PREJUDICED. So, how are we going to attract INVESTORS who have to sign CONTRACTS and may have to fight in court, when disputes arise ? Now, teh various CORRIDORS must attract foreign investors for them to be successful. But when they have doubts about teh judicial system, will they think twice before coming in ? No doubt a Royal Commission of Enquiry regarding the Lingam Tape was establised. But this was a missed opportunity to widen thescope of the etrms of reference to include the APPOINTMENT or Promotion of Judges. Why was this opportunity allowed to slip through?

    There are many more points whch other readers could elaborate. Suffice to say that as a LEADER, you should LEAD with COURAGE and do what is RIGHT, even at the cost of losing political power.Recall the words of Harry Truman: ” The buck stops here.”

  26. #27 by Democrats on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 8:01 pm

    I remember well when AAB took office. Full of gusto….visiting immigration department to speed things out, sacked some corrupt politicians, brought in a tough guy IGP, etc….

    Cut down on mega projects and spending, build back the foriegn reserves, basically undoing DR M’s mismanagement. Good start, but unfortunately, most politicians are not there to serve the people. They need to serve themselves first, and when projects are not awarded, money can’t be made. Many promises unfulfilled…. including the multitude of deals arranged by the SIL within the corporate world. And pressure is on him to keep the hungry wolves happy to continue supporting him and not devour him.

    And not to look bad, we keeps a team of substandard ministers around him to look good, therefore transforming this government into a circus- and not looking to lose more support, closes one eye on their embarrassing antics…. which now is not only a circus but a global comic spectacle.

    This election campaign is the cherry on top. Already making the biggest blooper on the parliament dissolve date and seeing all the unfulfilled promises, he of all people should have taken a more subtle route in winning the hearts of the people…. Admit the mistakes and shortcomings and pledge to do better, not name callings and accusation of your enemies without looking from within. And control your puupets, MIC and MCA, they make him look even worse now with their even more immature approach to winning votes….People are NOT stupid, they can read and see your blooper on national press and TV.

  27. #28 by blablowbla on Friday, 29 February 2008 - 10:04 pm

    kera jahat should instead,accuse his FIL talking cock!not like what he said that oppositions are talking cock!
    Sleeping Beast,OKT and SemiValue are very-2 worry now,they can feel the wind is blowing to the opposition side,they are desperate to rule the country but the Rakyat say:”your time is over!next!!”

  28. #29 by all ready on Saturday, 1 March 2008 - 12:24 am

    Who has been telling lies all this while, MIC or DAP?

    MIC claimed that the welfare of Indians have been well taken care of at all time before Hindraf case, and was irked when DAP claimed otherwise.




  29. #30 by all ready on Saturday, 1 March 2008 - 12:51 am

    The Perak MB is so fearful of LKS now that he is all out to topple him. EC is ready with five thousand over postal votes to submerge Uncle Lim as claimed by the DAP during ceremah.


    The more BN wants him down, the more support for Uncle LIm from Ipoh Timor.


  30. #31 by tourman53 on Saturday, 1 March 2008 - 2:21 am

    Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi is truly beyond repair. This is someone who came into office in 2003 as a result of Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad’s “folly”. He ran a convincing campaign and received a resounding mandate. After four years in power, he has proven himself and his administration to be incompetent and as a result the state of Malaysia is rotten. What a big letdown!
    Our country is now the butt of jokes at cocktail parties and in the pubs around Bangsar, not to mention across the OIC, the United States, Europe, Japan and China and ASEAN. He lives in an insulated world. Except for himself, nobody believes a word he says anymore. Even his predecessor is actively working to ensure his political demise.
    Badawi is a man who has lost touch with reality. He has forgotten that in November last year he said at his own party’s convention with regard to the BERSIH March to the King’s Palace, “saya pantang dicabar”. Instead of being cowed, 60,000 Malaysians, mostly Malays, defied him. He is that same UMNO leader who allowed Hishamuddin Tun Hussein Onn (at Khairy Jamaluddin’s behest, of course) to project the worst brand of Malay nationalism by condoning his keris kissing antics. Hishamuddin has stoked the fire of racist politics in the climate of mounting inter-ethnic and religious tensions.
    Badawi’s heavy handed actions against Indians who took part in the Hindraf rally and subsequent use of the ISA against five Indian leaders who are in Kamunting, Perak, galvanised the normally timid and compliant Indians into political activism which now threatens the MIC and Samy Velu’s political future. After acting tough, he has since backed down and suddenly he is talking about national unity and appeasing the Indians with imaginary programmes launched just in time for elections. Do you believe that this snake oil salesman?
    Badawi promises everything yet he accomplishes nothing. Here is a “leader” who acts not on the basis of firm convictions or set of well founded beliefs, but out of expediency and duplicity. His four year rule– he is now desperately pleading for another five to complete his mission– is a story of mismanagement of the economy, poor public service performance, rampant corruption, rising crime rate and unemployment, inflation, wasteful public expenditure and a humiliating judicial scandal. It will be a major catastrophe for the nation if voters are again deceived by Badawi’s promises.
    What of the man himself? If we can believe the New Straits Times (February 9, 2008) and The Star, we know that he has a rather inflated view of himself. He is quoted by both these pro UMNO-Barisan Nasional papers as saying: “I work very hard. I mean it and you know it. It is the will of God that I have become the Prime Minister and it is my responsibility to work and serve the people”. As if such boastful arrogance is not enough, he goes on to claim, “I have not benefited one sen from anyone for what I have done. Some people want to give me money, but I do not need it. The government takes good care of its Prime Minister.“
    Believe him? He is falling back on his image as Mr. Clean, a charade which got him votes in 2004 but is unlikely to prevail this year given the dismal record of his administration, the ailing economy and the Anwar factor which is never mentioned but talked about often within UMNO circles.
    Mr. Badawi hardly strikes us as a hard worker. His era will certainly be remembered as the Sleeping Prime Minister.
    But far worse than sleeping on the job is stealing from the purse. One really wonders how an UMNO leader swimming in a sea of corruption, cronyism and patronage who has done nothing to combat endemic corruption is really not on the take. As Minister of Finance, Mr. Badawi is directly responsible for the management of our nation’s tax revenues and it is therefore fair game for the people to ask him a few very important questions.

    Why, Mr. Badawi did you purchase an Airbus Corporate Jet costing RM 200 million for your own personal use? How much taxpayers’ money did you spend refurbishing that luxury jet to suit your expensive tastes? The Royal Malaysian Air Force owns planes to fly VIPs and Royalty. Aren’t they good enough for you?
    Secondly, how much of taxpayer’s money did you spend on renovating the Official Residence of the Prime Minister after you took office in 2003?
    Third, on what basis did you, as Minister of Finance, award the RM25 billion project to redevelop the Penang Turf Club land to Patrick Lim of Equine Capital, or the monorail project costing some RM3 billion to Scomi, a company controlled by your own son, Kamalludin Abdullah.
    Fourth, how much subsidy has been given to Rapid Kuala Lumpur to run a bus service? Who are the real owners of this company, which is also running Rapid Penang?
    And, fifth, why do you have to spend PETRONAS money to host the annual Monsoon Cup? More questions can be raised, but that is enough.
    You said some people want to give you money. Why did you not report this to the Anti-Corruption Agency so that action can be taken against them for attempting to bribe the Prime Minister?
    You have plenty to answer for. It does not surprise me that you are unable to deal with Zakaria Ideros, Khir Toyo and even your Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Defence for earning through his cronies a total of nearly RM1 billion as commissions from the purchase of two French made submarines and Russian fighter jets. You are also not able to explain what happened in the case of the RM 4.7 billion Port Kelang Free Trade Zone project where UMNO and MCA leaders are involved, inter alia, in a land acquisition scandal, raking in nearly RM1 billion in profits.
    These are not mistakes at all, Mr Prime Minister. They come under the category of “dereliction of duty” and the buck surely stops at your table as Minister of Finance and Prime Minister (as First Lord of the Treasury). The state of Malaysia is rotten under your stewardship. The voters should know that. Unfortunately, your Government controls the media and they barelly know the facts.
    //By Din Merican//

  31. #33 by Michael Sun on Saturday, 1 March 2008 - 5:11 pm

    Abraham Lincoln said, “You can bluff all the people some of the time; some of the people all the time but not all the people all the time”.

    Vote Opposition. Any Opposition.

    Just Change it – DAP election slogan.

  32. #34 by limkamput on Sunday, 2 March 2008 - 1:49 am

    tourman53, very well said indeed. These are the specifics that the oppositions must use during their ceramah. It is more effective to convince the voters if the oppositions can tell them the specifics.

  33. #35 by tourman53 on Sunday, 2 March 2008 - 7:09 am

    Lingam tape alone enough to disqualify BN….

  34. #36 by k1980 on Sunday, 2 March 2008 - 8:48 am

  35. #37 by boh-liao on Sunday, 2 March 2008 - 12:37 pm

    TDM’s comments on the 2008 Barisan Nasional (BN) Election Manifesto:

    There are of course a lot of negative things that are not in the report card.

    Islam Hadhari has caused a lot of confusion. There is only one Islam and now they are told that they are followers of Islam Hadhari or modern Islam as if it is a new religion.

    With regards to the new development corridors, they are just announcements. Nothing has happened on the ground. The amount of money involved is fantastic. It goes into trillions of ringgit and it will happen over a period of maybe 10 to 20 years. So, these are promises. Anybody can make a promise.

    (Although TDM is a master liar himself, he spoke truth this time round.)

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