‘Sabahans can select next PM’

By Azman Habu | August 22, 2012
Free Malaysia Today

TAWAU: DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang has encouraged Sabahans to embrace the chance to chart a new direction for Malaysia by taking the opportunity in the coming general election to dictate who would be the prime minister of the country.

Speaking at the Pakatan Rakyat Hari Raya open house in Tawau, Lim said the chance for Sabahans to determine their future was at hand and they should not waste it.

“With the current federal government shaken and unsure, Sabahans can determine their path and determine who will head Putrajaya,” he told the huge crowd that turned up at the open house held at a hotel here yesterday.

Lim said that in the past, Sabahans had only voted for their assemblymen or Members of Parliament without having the chance to choose the nation’s prime minister

“But this 13th general election, we have power to determine the seventh prime minister. This time we have a chance… before we didn’t,” he said.

The veteran opposition leader also urged the people of the state to consider the past and all the missed opportunities for a developed and progressive Sabah due to corruption, oppression and uncaring governments that did not know how to solve the people’s problems.

“So we need to use that power to change. We [Pakatan] are ready, but there are those who are not ready. Najib is not ready, he is scared, not brave, scared of losing power. He has lost the support of many,” he said.

Lim said the anniversaries of Merdeka and Malaysia Day were approaching and while the Barisan Nasional government and its leaders were trumpeting they had “Janji Ditepati” (promises fulfilled), he asked if this was really so.

Unfulfilled promises

He said he has visited and heard from the people from the interior in Marudu, Kudat, Matunggong and Ranau and they were disheartened and angry that their situation had not improved after almost 50 years since the formation of Malaysia.

“In Ulu Kukut, we have the worst road in Malaysia. Is this ‘Janji Ditepati’,” he asked, adding that if government promises were fulfilled, such roads will not exist anymore.

“There is piping, but no water; where is the promise fulfilled? Ranau’s Mamut copper mine, after more than RM3.4 billion had been taken out of it, the place now is very toxic. What is the state and federal governments doing about it? Nothing,” he said.

He said there is a long list of unfulfilled promises, one of them being the Tawau dam which was promised about 30 years ago but still not built.

Lim said that if Najib took the trouble to tour Sabah he would be able to see all this but he would not do this for obvious reasons.

Among the opposition politicians seen at the gathering were Tawau MP, Chua Soon Bui, from the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), Sabah PAS commissioner Aminuddin Aling, PKR Tawau divisional head Kong Hong Ming as well as Sabah DAP head Jimmy Wong.

  1. #1 by Bunch of Suckers on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 - 2:53 pm

    WOW! That’s dirtiest cheats and tricks, man!

    UMNO/BN is lenient because there are many illegal immigrants have been granted citizenship. Certainly, they will vote those UMNO/BN suckers!

    DAP (LKS) and PR, don’t be happy as this is one of the dirtiest way to cheat and steal votes… Never expect those suckers be sincere, man!!!

  2. #2 by Loh on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 - 3:20 pm

    Mahathir’s words


    Aug22 2012 Written by chedet

    ///1. In his campaign to become President of the US Barack Obama promised change, “time for change”, he said.

    2. He promised to close down Guantanamo Detention Camp.

    3. He promised to stop trials of detainees by Military Courts.

    4. He promised to pull out from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    5. And many more.

    6. Now four years into his first term he has failed to keep his promises.

    7. Guantanamo is still holding so-called terrorists; still torturing them. No military courts but no trials by civilian courts either.

    8. Instead of pulling out from Iraq and Afghanistan he approved a “surge” in the troops sent to this area. Later he pulled out some troops but American soldiers are still in the two countries.

    9. Making promises during campaigns for elections is easy. Keeping them is a different matter. The best hope is that people’s memory is short. They would normally forget the promises.///–Mamakthir

    That was Barack Obama who made the promise. It has nothing to do with Pakatan Rakyat which intends to show how BN failed to keep its promise.

    ///10. Now the opposition in Malaysia have copied Obama and is promising change.///–Mamakthir

    Pakatan Rakyat wants to change the tenant in Putrajaya. Pakatan Rakyat does not copy Obama who does not have the monopoly for change.

    ///11. Give them a chance they say. The BN has ruled this country for 55 years. It is time to change. They will change this into a welfare state. Everything will be free. No fees for education. No tolls. Large subsidy for petrol. 20% royalty to oil producing states etc.etc.///–Mamakthir

    Pakatan Rakyat was merely saying that without corruption pioneered by Mamakthir which has been institutionalized, the money which have been leaked into the hands of UMNOputras and their cronies would be enough to finance a welfare state, free education, free tolls after the construction costs have been repaid, and more in the form of subsidy for petrol. With good public transport, there would not be a need for subsidy in petrol. Royalty for oil producing states has to be fair. As it is now, the largest oil producing states Sabah and Sarawak are the poorest with some regions in Sarawak where the people do not even have access to electricity.

    ///12. The Socialist and Communist have tried this welfare state idea. They failed. Malaysia has no ideology. But the reality is that the Government needs money in order to develop the country and to subsidise living cost for the people. But when Government foregoes taxes, tolls and fees, it will have less money. But it will have to spend more on running an maintaining utilities, expressways, schools, operational and development cost, pension etc. ///– Mamakthir

    13. So where does the Government get necessary funds?///–Mamakthir

    The solution is simple. Stop corruption and the savings would be enough. The government can have a windfall making those who have profited ‘corruption-wise’ during Mamakthir’s administration to cough out what they have swallowed.

    ///14. Borrowing is okay if the money is invested and giving a return. But borrowing money in order to just spend will lead to non-payment of debts.

    15. That’s what happened to Greece. It’s bankrupt now. The whole of Europe cannot put it back together again.///–Mamakthir

    The problem in the country is not borrowing, it is corruption. In perpetuating corruption the government made racist policies of divide and rule so that the favoured group would continue collaborating with the government’s corrupt practices to return them to power. That was how BN stayed on for 55 years. Now some among the majority race realize that without corruption, they would have gained more benefits from government even if there were no racial discriminatory practices. Hence, there was the tsunami in 2008, though it was not strong enough to topple BN.

    ///16. Admittedly the BN has ruled this country every since independence. But look at the record and compare it with other countries which gained independence at the same time. Compare it even with the developed West. They are in deep financial trouble and try as they might, they have not been able to overcome the crisis.///–Mamakthir

    Mamakthir chooses to forget that Singapore gained independence later in 1965 but she has done much better than Malaysia even though Singapore does not have the natural resources.

    ///17. Remember 1997-98 crisis. The then Deputy PM and Minister of Finance tried the IMF solution without the IMF loans. Banks and companies were faced with the threat of bankruptcy from non-performing loans. Imports cost more. Cost of living shot up.///–Mamakthir

    Mamakthir imagined that he had done well with the so-called currency control scheme. Many countries did not have to invoke currency control and recovered. Currency control then makes Ringgit a pariah currency and the closing of CLOB weakened KLSE to the extent that after a decade KLSE has yet to reach the level it attained two decades ago. Currency control was risky but it was chosen so that the government could continue with its corrupt practices.

    ///18. The track record of the Minister of Finance then was bad although there is a fondness of claiming success brought about by other people as his success. PNB, UIA were part of the claim.

    19. Now as leader of the Opposition he is claiming to bring about change. What good change did he introduce when he was in the Government? All he was interested in was getting up the leadership ladder of UMNO in order to become Prime Minister. How he achieved his objective does not bear scrutiny.///–Mamakthir

    Anwar Ibrahim might find it pointless to reply.

    ///20. Five years to give a trial as Government is dangerous. Many things can be destroyed in five years. Besides the Opposition as Government will ensure there will be no return for the BN. Officers in the Government will be used to “gempar” (threaten) whoever tries to change Government.///–Mamakthir

    Civil servants in all democracies serve the government of the day and they should not be politically inclined. By saying that the civil servants would sabotage, it shows that it had been Mamakthir’s policies which used BTO to make civil servants racists and to tie them to UMNO as though they are members of secret society.

    All governments fight to return to power through good policies which benefit the nation except BN which ensures its return to power through racism. BN has done the worst to the country and any fool can do no worse. Stopping BN would prove that BN is not automatically entitled to rule.

    ///21. Already we see this person who claims to fight for free speech suing and resorting to the courts to shut the mouth of his critics. Other powers of the Government will be similarly abused. Nepotism and cronyism will be employed as indeed they are in the party he now heads.///–Mamakthir

    This is worse than pot calling kettle black. Mamakthir started negotiated tender which institutionalized nepotism and cronyism. Nobody has seen Pakatan Rakyat doing wrong yet but BN has been abusing government institutions ever since 1987 when the Lord President was sacked. The LP was removed to ensure that the court decision that UMNO 1946 was illegal could not be overturned. It was so in order that the New UMNO registered then could continue heading the government and the President of the New UMNO needed not have to face another party election.

    ///22. The record is there. Malaysians must not allow themselves to be hoodwinked as I was hoodwinked by the appearance of religious piety in the past.///–Mamakthir

    If not for Anwar leading students to have Mamakthir reinstalled as UMNO members, he would have been gone from the political scene since 1969. We should blame Anwar Ibrahim for causing Malaysians pains.

    ///23. The BN has listened to the people and has changed many laws and policies. All that the people need to do is to urge the BN to carry out whatever change the people desire.///–Mamakthir

    Whenever Najib tried to do something different from racism, such as 1Malasyia Mamakthir said that he was surrendering to non-Malays as though Malaysia does not belong to all Malaysians. With Mamakthir-backed Perkasa breathing down his neck Najib dared not venture any further. Najib might have to wait for Mamakthir to meet his God before he dares to do any good to the country. Let Najib be opposition leader for five years and by then Mamakthir would be gone for good. People might consider Najib’s return depending on the performance of Pakatan Rakyat in Putrajaya.

    ///25. Better the devil you know than the angel you don’t.///–Mamakthir

    Except when you know that the devil is the worst of them all.

  3. #3 by monsterball on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 - 4:03 pm

    LKS recognized People Power and pleaded to Sabahans help free Malaysians.
    DAP is doing their best and nothing to be happy or unhappy about.
    It is an elected job …LKS performed to the voters expectations.

  4. #4 by monsterball on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 - 10:12 pm

    DAP is doing their best and nothing to be happy or unhappy about.
    It is an elected job that LKS is performing on behalf of voters..

  5. #5 by Winston on Thursday, 23 August 2012 - 9:35 pm

    #2 by Loh
    9. Making promises during campaigns for elections is easy. Keeping them is a different matter. The best hope is that people’s memory is short. They would normally forget the promises.///–Mamakthir – End of quote

    Ah, Mr Loh, this one is classic Mamak!!!
    During his twenty-two-year regime, he had said often enough that Malaysians had a short memory.
    That, precisely, was his formula for success.
    And one of his oft quoted remark was: If you don’t like me why vote for me?
    The answer is: They have a short memory!!!
    That, in a nutshell is his formula for success!
    But this time, in his frenzied, agonising search to ward off the inevitable, ignominious end when PR takes over Putrajaya, he had completely contradicted himself!!!
    He kept reminding the Malaysian electorate of his misdeeds by opening his mouth non stop!!!
    Now, with the most important, watershed GE that must be held in less than a year, Malaysians are constantly reminded of the corruption, scams and scandals of his party.
    Even if he is to stop now, it will be far too late!!!
    So, he should just quietly await the fate that the new government in Putrajaya will be handing over to him!!!

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