Monday, August 18, 2008

Najib wants Indians, Chinese to back BN (Malaysiakini)



Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak made a plea to the Chinese and Indian communities in Permatang Pauh - come back to the Barisan Nasional's fold.

He told them to reject the opposition and vote for Umno's Arif Shah Omar Shah in the Aug 26 by-election.

And he had one more word of counsel - do not gamble with your children's future by supporting the opposition candidate who had been making false promises.

"Do not be easily hoodwinked by the opposition promises and fall for their trickery because if we were to believe them, we will be quarrelling with each other," he told members of these two communities in Permatang Pauh yesterday.

He admitted that voters from these two communities had deserted BN in the March 8 general election, blaming that on the communities being unduly influenced by the opposition.

It was time to support BN again, he said.Permatang Pauh, a semi-urban constituency in Penang, has 58,459 voters, consisting some 69 percent Malays, 25 percent Chinese and six per cent Indians.

He promised that the BN would champion the Indian and Chinese communities' cause in the constituency as they had been neglected by the opposition.

Marginalised Indians

Talking specifically about the Indian community, Najib, also the deputy BN chairperson, said that a special cabinet committee was formed to look after the well-being of the Indian community who had long complained of being marginalised by the Umno-led BN government.

He also said that the government was doing much to increase the educational opportunities of the Indian community.

He was reported in Bernama as saying that vocational and skills training courses were conducted for those living in the estates.

Tamil primary schools with less than 50 students each were to be merged to enable the government provide better facilities for the students, he added.

And specifically for the Indian voters in Permatang Pauh - numbering some 3,500 voters - Najib said the government has agreed to approve scrap metal collector's licence for them.

He also announced aid for three Tamil primary schools and six Chinese primary schools.

Umno's policies blamed
Umno has increasingly attracted discontent over its race-based policies which supported Malay supremacy.

Non-Malay parties in the BN had, in the wake of the appalling performance at the March 8 general election, squarely blamed Umno's policies for their defeats.

Some others, like Gerakan, are facing internal tumult from its members to teach Umno a lesson by leaving BN altogether.

The Aug 26 by-election sees Amir Shah taking on PKR's Anwar Ibrahim and Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim) president Hanafi Hamat for the hot parliamentary seat.

Anwar (above) remains the hot favourite to retain the seat for his party. His campaign line has been one which includes all races.

The seat was vacated by PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to allow her husband Anwar to return to Parliament.

entire news n photos courtesy of Malaysiakini

6 comments:

shit said...

The rakyat have chosen the opposition in the last election NOT because of the opposition's words or promises. It's a way of telling you BN that you're not needed anymore. I guess you still do not think tha you're guilty and still syok sendiri.

penyokong PR said...

Asalamualaikum

the chinese are 100% solidly supporting DSAI to be the next PM of Malaysia.

to my malay and indian friends
come let us together show and prove our solidarity and rally
behind DSAI.

forget about saiful sinful or whatever fool .

Alhamdulilah everything went smoothly during nomination day.

just go all out and vote DSAI for he will not only be our MP but also our next PM for all Malaysian.

long live DSAI and may god bless you and your family.

Ameen

buckshots said...

When pigs fly over the moon....!!!

NewChief said...

what nonsense is najib talking about wanting chinese and indians to support BN in P44 !!

since he didn't support khalid's idea of UiTM, he shouldn't DESERVE any votes or sympaties from P44!! Base on UiTM topic , National Training should be ABOLISHED because it has failed in its objective as respecting & co-oparting among the multi-racial rakyat. Such a pitiful waste of money spent to ensure certain politicians will get richer and richer by the day while rakyat getting poorer and poorer.

There will be no hope for the future children if vote for BN bcs under this regime, there is not even any hope of progress or wealth !!!

Better we play poker with PKR hoping for the best . At least we give them a 5 year trial instead of this which has made our daily bread hard to meet.

tuabak said...

wrong, najib..the people of permatang pauh were not hoodwinked by the opposition when the BN lost in the last GE. it is a fact that the people of permatang pauh adalah orang yang matang(matured) and can make decisions on their own and choose their leaders wisely...watch closely..

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