I congratulate DAP Kedah activist Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Shaffee, who is heading the Impian Kedah/Perlis project, as well as Dr. Tan Poh Teng and Nurul Shifa Abdul Manan in the Impian Kedah/Perlis project committee, for their hard work and success in the inaugural three-day Impian Kedah/Perlis medical camp.
This is the second day of the three-day Impian Kedah/Perlis medical camp, which will be in Perlis tomorrow.
The Impian Kedah/Perlis project was announced three months ago and we are now seeing the fruits of this new initiative to promote an inclusive vision to rally all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or class to unite on a common agenda of Malaysian unity, justice and prosperity.
Impian Kedah/Perlis is part of the Impian Malaysia vision and like other Impian Malaysia projects of Impian Sabah, Impian Sarawak, Impian Kelantan and the newly-announced Impian Johor, it is born out of two convictions: firstly, Malaysia cannot be progressive and prosperous if any state continue to be poor and backward in infrastructure development; and secondly, the people and the states of Kedah and Perlis are entitled to the right to development compared to other states and not to be relegated as Malaysia’s poorest states.
The people of Pendang had been promised a general hospital by the then Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Badawi but for the past decade, this Prime Ministerial promise had not been fulfilled.
I will raise this issue of a new Pendang general hospital in Parliament when MPs reconvene for the budget session beginning on Oct. 19.
With Parliament scheduled to meet in exactly a month’s time, the time has come for DAP to discuss with MPs both from the government coalition and other Opposition parties the issue of a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, as there seems to be no end to the crisis of confidence plaguing the country.
The Malaysian ringgit and the Malaysian stock exchange have dropped to unprecedented lows, foreign reserves are running at perilously low levels defending ringgit, while the flight of foreign capital had not been arrested with scandals on the political front raging on unchecked, whether the crisis of confidence over the premiership of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s, his two mega-scandals of the RM50 billion 1MDB and RM2.6 billion “donation” in his personal banking accounts, and most lately, the double whammy of revival of the mystery of the Altantuta Shaariibuu murder in the Al Jazeera 101 East current affairs programme on “Murder in Malaysia” and the racially-charged, divisive and provocative Sept. 16 Red Shirts Malay rally on Malaysia Day.
Never before in the nation’s history has a Prime Minister been dogged, hounded and haunted by so many political, economic and seemingly unending scandals, which is why for the first time in Malaysian history, the question of whether there should be a “no confidence motion” against the Prime Minister in Parliament have to be seriously considered by MPs, whether in government or opposition.
It is premature at the moment to say whether a “no-confidence motion” would be tabled in the coming meeting of Parliament, as so many other issues have to be considered, including the Speaker’s attitude, the Parliamentary practices and procedure, and the likelihood of securing a simple majority in any vote in Parliament for the passage of such a “no confidence” motion.
The time has come however for the “no confidence motion” against the Prime Minister to be a national agedna for discussion from various angles by the 222 MPs from both the government coalition and the opposition, as well as the larger Malaysian society, as Parliament is to meet on Oct. 19 in exactly a month’s time.
(Media Conference Statement after visiting the DAP Impian Kedah/Perlis Medical Camp at Kampung Kedah Guar Kepayang, Pendang on Saturday, 19th September 2015 at 12 noon)