Call on Malaysian youths regardless of race, religion or region to be the vanguard of a political hurricane of change, backed by two political tsunamis, urban and rural, in the 14th General Election

Parti Pribumi Youth chief, Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman gave a very passionate speech just now calling on Malaysians, particularly the youths, to be in the forefront of the political battle for change in the country.

I am reminded that I also started my political journey when I was 24 years old, like Syed Saddiq, but that was some 52 years ago.

This year, the nation will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of our attainment of Merdeka on August 31, 1957 when I was in Form Three in Batu Pahat High School.

I remember that the students in the school were assembled at the school padang, where the Merdeka Proclamation was read out.

We have failed in our Merdeka Dream and Vision to be a world-class nation as a parliamentary democracy; a successful and developed economy; a centre of educational excellence and a united, harmonious and progressive nation despite the diverse races, religions, cultures, languages in the country.

Malaysia has become a joke of a parliamentary democracy, where Members of Parliament are virtually prohibited from posing questions or debating the biggest financial scandal in the nation’s history – the 1MDB scandal.

Economically, we have lost out to other countries which had lagged behind us when we achieved Merdeka 60 years ago, in particular South Korea and Taiwan; in danger of being overtaken by Vietnam and Thailand, while other countries are swiftly closing the economic gap with us like Indonesia.

Educationally, whether at university, or secondary and primary education, we have lost our international eminence, while in recent years, the voices of extremism, intolerance and bigotry have caused the worst racial and religious polarization in the nation’s history.

What is worse, we have overnight been transformed into a global kleptocracry, with the Prime Minister as the lead actor in a Malaysian cast involving Cabinet Ministers, Parliament, top public officials and national institutions like the Attorney-General, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara, Police pretending that the 1MDB scandal does not exist although it continues to dominate world headlines with the latest developments in the multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal in various part of the world in the past few years.

Only political change in the forthcoming 14th General Election, with a change of the occupants of Putrajaya with a new Federal Government, can halt Malaysia’s decline and save the country from the trajectory of a failed and a rogue state.

Let us start a political hurricane from Kluang tonight to user in political changes in the next general elections.

The 13th General Election did not overcome the electoral hurdles to a political change in Putrajaya because there was only one political tsunami – in the urban areas where Chinese, Indians and Malay voters united as one solid bloc.

But there was no political tsunami in the rural areas.

This is a shortfall we must overcome in the forthcoming general election, as there can only be political change in Putrajaya if there are two political tsunamis – both in the urban as well as the rural areas.

I call on Malaysian youths regardless of race, religion or region to be the vanguard of a political hurricane of change, backed by two political tsunamis, urban and rural, in the 14th General Election.

(Speech at the Kluang DAP’s 14th General Election Preparations Dinner held in Kluang on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 8.30 pm)

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 30 July 2017 - 3:03 pm

    Actually what the voters should think about is this.

    EVERYONE wants Najib to go even those who is supporting him, even Zahid Hamidi who just profess absolute loyalty – he is sinking EVERYONE in UMNO/BN, the country, even his partner Hadi’s PAS.

    The question is why so many – the millions of UMNO/BN members, the many thousands of UMNO/BN local and regional leaders, AND including the thousands of Hadi’s PAS leaders who really think Hadi Awang is wrong – all these millions and thousand, with the exception of Bersatu members who have been kicked out cannot get just enough of a group to bring down Najib to save themselves and the institution which MOST of their material wellbeing is dependent on..

    Fact is Najib is unimportant, completely disposable person, who only got where he is because he had a legged up early because of pedigree which he corruptely bought his way up.

    So, the question really is why so many pathetic so called “leaders” and members who can’t save themselves? Because in reality that is what they are – pathetic – even well ivoried-educated KJ and all the “educated” and “professional” in the party – they are pathetic – an entire system, not rotten as Mahathir says, but pathetic..

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 30 July 2017 - 3:33 pm

    Najib just gave a speech in Lipis that changing a govt is foolish and has severe consequences. Its true what he says. So the question really why UMNO/BN and Hadi’s PAS so pathetic and can’t get rid essentially a very insignificant person that is Najib?

  3. #3 by good coolie on Monday, 7 August 2017 - 1:18 pm

    You know how my family members know I am on a lying rant? I foam at the mouth when I do that, and have to wipe my mouth with my hand, and rarely, with my hand-kerchief.

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