Don’t bribe us with our money! Malaysians are not that stupid

By P Ramakrishnan | Aliran executive committee member
28 December 2012

The Prime Minister seems to be playing Santa Claus. He is very generously dishing out goodies from seemingly bottomless coffers, convinced that Malaysians are a greedy, unthinking lot who can be bought easily.

Little does he realise that the Malaysians of today are a very perceptive and discerning lot who can see through his election ploy.

They know that the money that is being doled out does not come from Barisan Nasional coffers. If that was the case, then Malaysians can be grateful to the BN. But when he uses the people’s money to bribe them and expects them to be grateful to the BN, it is insulting their intelligence.

The new-found concern and compassion for Malaysians is very telling. It is nothing but a bait to fish for votes that will keep the BN in power. Malaysians will not fall for this ruse.

Housing has been a great problem for Penangites for the last thirty over years. The soaring prices have put houses beyond the reach of average Penangites. Thousands of Penangites have moved to the mainland to buy houses. An equal number of Penangites have bought houses in Kulim and Sungai Petani simply because they could not afford houses on the island.

The narrow streets and poor public transport had created horrendous congestion and pollution for Penangites, making their lives a nightmare. But this problem did not suddenly confront Penangites with the change in government on 8 March 2008. It has always been there.

Hardly anything substantive has been done by the BN to redress these problems. This neglect continued despite Penang producing a Prime Minister in the past. Penang has been marginalised for many decades. That is a fact.

The housing problem confronting Penangites has been there all along. Najib should have known this. He was the Deputy Prime Minister for more than five years after which he became Prime Minister, a position he has been holding for more than three years. In other words, he was in the forefront of the nation’s leadership for almost nine years.

How has he been blind to this grave situation all this while? He must have known this; yet he did nothing to alleviate the misery of the poor in Penang. He did nothing to solve this problem even when he became the Finance Minister.

It is not a question of finance for not building the much-needed houses in Penang. The BN seems to be never short of cash! It only means that the BN did not care for Penang in spite of the continued support that the BN received from Penang every time there was an election. We were just taken for granted!

During his visit to Penang on 8 December 2012, Najib said that “the opposition had failed to deliver on promises of affordable housing made when campaigning during the last election”. He further alleged, “They had promised that they would resolve the housing issue within two weeks of coming to power”.

I don’t seem to remember such a promise being made. If it was true that the opposition promised to solve the housing issue within two weeks of coming to power, then they must be stupid. Can houses be built that fast? The opposition has been in power for more than four years. With limited resources and burdened with carried forward debts, can this be solved within this period?

Let’s take a look at Najib’s promise. He promised to build 20,000 houses for Penang. He stated that under the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Scheme, “the first PRIMA project will involve some 2,000 units in Kampung Kastam, Bukit Glugor”. The ground-breaking for the project is expected to be next year and the project is slated for completion 36 months later.

In other words, with all the resources and expertise at hand, it would take the federal government three years just to build 2,000 houses. Yet he expects the opposition to build houses in “two weeks”!

What kind of houses is the BN going to build? According to him, “if the current unit costs RM500,000, we will sell it around RM300,000 only”. In would mean a 40 per cent discount. But the RM200,000 discount has to be absorbed by the government. It would cost RM400,000,000. For the 20,000 units promised, the government will have to fork out four billion ringgit!

What would be the monthly instalment for these houses? Who can afford to pay such instalments?

Now, even if the houses are to be bought at RM300,000, who will be buying these houses? Can the homeless poor and the low-income earners afford to buy these houses? Where is the BN’s concern for the poor? All their talk about caring for the poor and taking care of their welfare is now exposed as empty talk. There is no housing solution for the poor!

Why is the BN unable to start building immediately? According to him, federal-owned land and that belonging to agencies like the Penang Regional Development Authority, JKP Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Perumahan Nasional Bhd are available for this project. This land has been available for many years; so why was no attempt made previously to build houses to ease the housing problem. Why wait until next year?

This is where the BN comes across as hypocritical. He is making a conditional promise expecting support to be returned to power in order to build the houses. He is coercing Penangites to vote for BN. He did not say that these houses would be built irrespective of the outcome of the election results. He did not say that the BN will build these houses even if it lost the elections.

Will Najib dare to declare that he will build the promised houses even if Penangites voted for the opposition?

Prove your sincerity by making such a declaration. Malaysians are not that stupid. They will not be bribed with their own money!

  1. #1 by boh-liao on Friday, 28 December 2012 - 10:55 am

    Who said $$$ cannot buy souls?
    Ask d CARPETBEGGAR who sang different tunes when fed with $$$ fr different kaki
    There r other examples too
    Ask Perkosa n exDAP BRA chaps as well

    • #2 by cemerlang on Friday, 28 December 2012 - 12:11 pm

      Malaysians are stupid not to know the importance of money.

  2. #3 by yhsiew on Friday, 28 December 2012 - 11:06 am

    BN has to resort to money politics to bribe the people because it is bankrupt of political capital – it shows that the party is desperate.

  3. #4 by Winston on Friday, 28 December 2012 - 11:30 am

    If UMNO/BN were to be elected in the next GE, it wouldn’t even have any financial capital left for anything!
    But Malaysians are now wise to their tactics.
    They take the money (taxpayers’ money) and still kick out these scums in the next GE!
    But pity the poor taxpayers who have to work so hard to make ends meet!!!
    The scums even go to the extent of withdrawing subsidies from us under the pretext that these are bad for the citizens!
    But with such policies, we should be having more money in the kitty!
    Not less!!
    Instead we have a National Debt totaling hundreds of billions of Ringgit!!!!!
    So, where does all the money go to?
    No prices for the right answer!!!!!!!!!
    That’s all the more imperative why those rats must be got rid of!

  4. #6 by chengho on Friday, 28 December 2012 - 12:45 pm

    Rakyat so smart and clever , money will trigger domestic consumption , one smart move by Najib .

  5. #7 by monsterball on Friday, 28 December 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Chengho Najib have plenty smart lure voters …but all tak boleh pakai…because Rakyat is too smart for him.

  6. #8 by monsterball on Friday, 28 December 2012 - 8:18 pm

    It’s that …buying up the country with stolen money.
    It does not work.
    Deepak revealed more about corruption…by Umno B reaping him off and said…more to come…about Black Rose.

  7. #9 by chengho on Friday, 28 December 2012 - 8:23 pm

    Deepak is another movie from vanaavil channel astro , full of dark comedy , this guy not real , don’t believe Trojan horse .
    Rakyat always love BN , your trusting partner .

  8. #10 by monsterball on Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 12:22 am

    Deepak is real…with face… name… for all to see.
    You….chengho is not real.
    If Rakyat always love and trust BN…why his Najib delaying 13th GE for 4 years?
    Quick…tell me .

  9. #11 by monsterball on Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 12:44 am

    Chengho last hour in office at USA …working hard.

  10. #12 by Godfather on Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 1:36 am

    Actually, 51 pct of the voters are like chengho – kinda stupid and easily bribed. Unfortunately, Najib isn’t going to survive with 51 pct.

  11. #13 by monsterball on Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 5:36 am

    Do you think chengho understand that?
    That is including the millions of frauds..phantom voters that presuming Najib can get all the votes in.
    Only through cheating can he gets 51%.
    With 51% many elected will leave power to create mega projects to feed all crooks.
    chengho left stranded…in USA washing dishes.
    That day will come.

  12. #14 by yhsiew on Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 8:08 am

    “People want assurance that change is for real and not for electoral gain, so despite so many goodies being distributed now, BN can’t capture the middle ground entirely,” – The Malaysian Insider

  13. #15 by waterfrontcoolie on Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 11:21 am

    I can hardly blame Najib for doing what he is doing. He has been trained over the past 22 plus years the Art of deceiving the majority of the Malaysian society with such actions and sloganeering; and sad enough UMNO/BN has found their bait had been swallowed together with the sinker. The national resources have been enough to create sufficient crony-agents, the like of Cintanegara/ Chengho; to continue such behaviour. The only drawback now is the smart=phones and internet have literally blocked their propaganda machinery through the printed Toilet-papers. I am certain many younger voters are beginning to feel insulted by such tactic. Only cronies or blinkered supporters can turn a blind eye to such tactic.
    One good example is the education of this nation where we have had fallen from the above average in the 50-70s to the bottom quadrant and the MOE is still happily continue ‘business as usual’. All the ‘positive’ developing countries are reviewing their basic approach in STEM subjects [ science, technology, engineering and maths], as an issue of national survival and competitive edge. We happily continue to cheat ourselves with all the A’es that we have created to ‘shiok sendiri’ year in and year out! notwithstanding the fact that all our A’es were equated between C/Ds in the TIMMS test. Even USA and EU felt threatened by the STEM growth in China and India with policy being called to correct the imbalance caused by students’ tendency towards ‘simpler’ subjects. Many of the wantonness of UMNO/BN can be rectified almost immediately but the issue on education will take at least a generation to realize the effects of any change. The longer the nation postpones the educational change, the earlier our children and their children will find their world has disadvantaged them. We have already read how those countries flying with us in the 70s have out flown us in every respect. And soon, many of the Asean members will outdo us by then with Petronas’ resources steadily oozing to its end, I just wonder what Cintanegara/Chengho
    has got to say?

  14. #16 by boh-liao on Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 12:05 pm

    Much as we like 2 believe dat rakyat/voters r better informed n not easily bribed by UmnoB/BN with our own $$$, d SAD TRUTH is lots of rakyat/voters will b bribed cheap, cheap 2 vote 4 UmnoB/BN, which hv plenty of ‘bombs’ 2 buy souls n votes

  15. #17 by chengho on Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 1:26 pm

    Wfc, if you look at China leadership from Deng Xiaoping , all the leaders belong to technocrat just like Najib . You cannot have Anwar with literature background to lead the nation.
    We support 1 School system for Malaysia.

  16. #18 by monsterball on Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 2:18 pm

    chengho is comparing a nation with 1.4 billion to manage against ours with 28 million.
    Where is his sense or proportion gone to?

  17. #19 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 4:49 pm

    Heard the one about the cuckolded PM who became the joke?

  18. #20 by boh-liao on Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 4:51 pm

    Next GE will b d 13GE held in 2013 n if it falls on d 13th day of a month, say March, then it will b 13.13.13 – so many 13, NR n UmnoB/BN no choice hv 2 bribe big time 2 get over d sway luck @ssociated with 13
    Now UmnoB/BN proudly declared dat all their potential candidates are CORRUPTION-FREE
    Wow, can believe 1 aaah?

  19. #21 by Bunch of Suckers on Sunday, 30 December 2012 - 2:04 am

    They bribe rakyat with tax payers’ money.
    They campaign their Elections with tax payers’ money.
    They suck every implemented projects with tax payers’ money
    and endless sucks!!!!

  20. #22 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Sunday, 30 December 2012 - 7:04 am

    Tengku Adnan says, “all BN candidates are free of corruption and crime.

    This must surely be the biggest joke for 2012.

    Come 2013, the biggest joke will be on UMNO.

    UMNO-putras, don’t go wet your pants and cry.

  21. #23 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Sunday, 30 December 2012 - 7:04 am

    Najib is truly ‘no class’.

  22. #24 by chengho on Monday, 31 December 2012 - 4:24 am

    Have they finalise Pakatan shadow cabinet

  23. #25 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 1 January 2013 - 2:30 pm

    India rolls out cash transfer scheme for poor

    Wonder whether Malaysia copied such bribing tactic from India or India copied Malaysias.

  24. #26 by monsterball on Friday, 4 January 2013 - 5:01 am

    Finalized ….months ago …..IDIOT!!!

  25. #27 by Ray9393 on Sunday, 6 January 2013 - 7:29 am

    Money cannot buy you love. Money cannot buy you happiness. But, money can buy you temporary comfort. Be aware and be very aware. Fact is fact. Plan well to counter money politic especially the rural or less aware Malaysian. Make use of human rationality and irrationality to win the heart and do it fast since heart need a lot of time and patience.

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