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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Opposition pact makes strange bedfellows 


Salleh Said Keruak

The opposition pact of Anwar Ibrahim, Dr Wan Azizah Ismail and Lim Kit Siang, with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, makes strange bedfellows. When at one time they were bent on destroying one another, even political expediency is no excuse for them to work together. 

Worse still is when they offer lame excuses to explain and justify their pact. At one time Anwar, Wan Azizah and Kit Siang opposed Mahathir on the excuse they need to save Malaysia. Now they unite with Mahathir on that same excuse of saving Malaysia.

We must not forget that in 1993 Kit Siang condemned Anwar and demanded his resignation and even accused him of lying to Parliament. Then he works with Anwar. Then Kit Siang said if the opposition comes to power they will make Mahathir pay for his crimes. And now he works with Mahathir.

This is clear evidence that the opposition pact is merely a marriage of convenience with each party having their own agenda. This is not about the interest of the nation but about the pursuit of political power. The opposition pact will not last and if they come to power the nation will suffer. This is the reality of the opposition pact.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Is the opposition pact losing sight of purpose?


Salleh Said Keruak

It appears that the opposition pact's main purpose in GE14 is in fielding candidates in either sure-win constituencies or in defeating certain targetted candidates from Barisan Nasional. The opposition is treating GE14 like a popularity contest to see which side's candidate is more popular.

The purpose of general elections is to choose the better government or the best government for the country. General elections are not contests between egos and to see who wins the personality contests. It is about who can better-run the country and the future of Malaysia.

The opposition pact is sending the wrong message to Malaysians. Challenging so-and-so to contest in a certain constituency to prove he is 'anak jantan' is not what democratic elections is all about. This is not a boxing match to prove who is 'lagi gagah dan berani'. What happened to the concept of service to the rakyat?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

It is now time for reflection


Salleh Said Keruak

GE14 will be upon us in about three weeks' time after five years of campaigning. Yes, that is how long the election campaign has lasted: five years. That is because the opposition pact started the campaign for GE14 the day after GE13.

Barisan Nasional focuses more on running the country than on attacking the other side of the political divide like what the opposition pact does. We cannot main politik every single day of our lives. There comes a time when we need to do some work.

It is now time for Malaysians to reflect what the government has achieved in the last five years. Barisan Nasional is a people-centric government. And we know the people are the boss and the people will judge us at the ballot box. And that is why we always have the peoples' welfare at heart.

So judge Barisan Nasional on our performance and not on empty rhetoric. Making false and unachievable promises is easy. Delivering them is not so easy. But Barisan Nasional delivers what it promises, as our track record shows.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A sign Pakatan is going to lose GE14  


Salleh Said Keruak

Just before the 2013 General Election, the Pakatan Rakyat leaders went all over the country saying that Barisan Nasional was going to cheat to win the election. After the election, they said that the lights went out due to a power failure in certain places while the votes were being counted, extra ballot boxes were brought in to certain places, tens of thousands of phantom voters were flown in from Bangladesh, and so on.

All this was later proven false. Even the Bangladesh Embassy denied that tens of thousands of its nationals were flown in to vote in Malaysia, which would require more than 100 chartered planes. And the places where they said the lights went out confirmed that they never experienced any power failure plus the opposition workers in the places where they said extra ballot boxes were brought in denied that incident.

This was merely a pre-emptive strike on the part of Pakatan. They knew they would not win GE13 so before the election they ‘predicted’ they would lose due to fraud and after the election they raised all sorts of allegations of fraud to explain why they lost. Now they are doing it again. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in his blog today that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is going to cheat in GE14 on 9 May 2018 so that when they lose the election they can save face by blaming it on fraud like they did in 2013.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mahathir's Plan B is to deny BN a two-thirds win


Salleh Said Keruak

Lim Guan Eng alleged that the date of GE14 is aimed at reducing the voter turnout on 9th May 2018. By now Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has accepted the fact that Pakatan Harapan is going to suffer not only defeat in GE14 but a drubbing as well. Umno and Barisan Nasional are poised to make Mahathir and Pakatan eat humble pie. And Mahathir is fully aware of this.

The best Mahathir can hope for is that Barisan Nasional will not win a two-thirds majority but a simple majority of about 60% of the seats in Parliament. Mahathir would then spin this as Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's 'failure'. The issue would be not that BN won the election but that they failed to win two-thirds.

Mahathir is going all out to try to deny BN a two-thirds win in GE14 since Pakatan is going to be defeated. Mahathir hopes this can then be presented as Najib's failure so that he can instigate Umno to oust Najib. Mahathir tells Pakatan they need to save Malaysia by ousting Umno and then he tells Umno they need to oust Najib to save Umno.

MENGUNDI HARI RABU: PENENTUAN TARIKH PILIHAN RAYA ADALAH KUASA SPR


Salleh Said Keruak

1. SPR telah memilih 28 April (Sabtu) sebagai hari penamaan calon dan 9 Mei (Rabu) sebagai hari mengundi bagi PRU-14. Namun, nampaknya ada suara-suara sumbang yang memprotes tarikh tersebut. Mereka mempersoalkan mengapa SPR memilih hari mengundi pada hari bekerja (Rabu) kerana kononnya boleh menimbulkan masalah kepada pengundi yang ingin pulang ke kampung untuk membuang undi. Mereka mendakwa tarikh ini sengaja dipilih SPR kerana mahukan peratusan keluar mengundi yang rendah untuk memberi kelebihan kepada Umno.

2.Saya ingin tegaskan bahawa ini bukanlah kali pertama pengundian diadakan pada hari bekerja. Jika kita lihat pada PRU pada tahun 1995 dan 1999, hari pengundian juga diadakan pada hari bekerja. Ini kerana yang pihak yang  berkuasa menentukan tarikh pilihan raya adalah iaitu SPR. Ia merupakan sebuah badan bebas yang dilantik oleh Yang di-Pertuan Agong selepas berunding dengan Majlis Raja-raja.

3. Hari pengundian bukanlah isu utama kerana banyak kelonggaran diberikan pada hari mengundi samada penjawat awam dan pekerja swasta. Justeru, saya amat berharap supaya kempen PRU 2018 ini akan berjalan secara berhemah. Janganlah terlalu cepat mengkritik dan menabur fitnah kononnya kerajaan BN mahukan peratusan rakyat keluar mengundi yang rendah. Kita merupakan sebuah kerajaan yang telus dan semestinya peratusan keluar mengundi meningkat. Pastinya sasaran peratusan mengundi perlulah melebihi daripada purata 85% seperti yang berlaku pada PRU 2013. Ini adalah semangat kita.

4. Justeru, marilah kita sama-sama keluar mengundi dan menjalankan tanggungjawab sebagai rakyat Malaysia. Semoganya PRU 2018 berjalan dengan lancar dan rakyat yang layak mengundi dapat menjalani proses demokrasi untuk masa depan negara kita.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

MANIFESTO BN  2018 ADALAH TERBAIK DALAM SEJARAH 


Salleh Said Keruak

1. Malam tadi, saya turut berada di Stadium Bukit Jalil mendengar pengumuman Presiden BN memperkenalkan Manifesto BN dalam menghadapi PRU 2018. Reaksi segera saya setelah mendengar ucapan tersebut ialah agendanya realistik, manifestonya terbaik, komprehensif dan praktikal untuk rakyat Malaysia. Manifesto ini komprehensif kerana menjanjikan  inisiatif -inisiatif untuk dilaksanakan, termasuklah memberi perhatian kepada permintaan rakyat Sabah dan Sarawak. Melihat kepada tepukan dan sorak ahli di Stadium malam tadi, hati saya berkata itu adalah sorakan keyakinan rakyat kepada manifesto BN kerana BN terbukti telah mampu menunaikan 99.4% janjinya dalam PRU 2013 yang lalu.

2. Saya teruja dengan cara Presiden parti membentangkan manifesto BN semalam. Berbeza dengan cara sebelumnya, kali ini Presiden membentangkannya dengan mengangkat keperluan setiap negeri secara adil dan menyeluruh. Dalam manifesto bertajuk “Bersama BN Hebatkan Negaraku”, antara lain Presiden BN menjanjikan komitmen berikut: memberi tambahan BR1M kepada golongan sasar, menurunkan had kadar faedah dan caj lewat bayar kad kredit, mengurangkan kos langganan jalur lebar 50% dan gandakan kelajuan, meningkatkan bantuan RM500 untuk bayi baru lahir di bawah program ADAM50, tujuh hari cuti tahunan bagi golongan ibu untuk menjaga anak-anak yang sakit, memperkenalkan sekolah beraliran Inggeris di Sabah dan Sarawak sebagai projek rintis, memenuhi Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 berdasarkan konsensus, menghapuskan harga berbeza untuk Semenanjung Malaysia dan Sabah-Sarawak, dan memperkasa komuniti Dayak dan Kadazandusun.

3. Setelah menelitinya, saya menilai manifesto BN adalah terbaik dan  berjaya menenggelamkan manifesto PH. Dengan manifesto sebaik ini, maka ini membuktikan BN adalah parti yang menitikberatkan kepentingan rakyat bagi membolehkan rakyat menikmati kehidupan yang lebih baik.