[Komunitikini] BN vs Pakatan showdown at Serdang carnival
沙登小辣椒张念群开炮：那马华又在马六甲猪农事件上做了什么？？民联也许太会宣传，所以不必花七千万来聘请APCO做形象打造！(Picture and caption courtesy of Neow Ti Hooi and Fanny Chew)The Serdang Community Carnival ended up being a tussle where Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan National both promised to deliver a better future for the rakyat. While Pakatan chose to abolish racial-centric policies, BN is betting on its National Economic Model due to be announced in June.
In the forum themed ‘BN vs PR: Who is the future of rakyat?’, Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching said Pakatan’s ultimate mission is to implement policies based on needs, not on race. The administration will allocate funds into the hands of needy, in the spirit of “Malaysian Malaysia”.
“Secondly, we want to construct a clean government. It is through a series of cost-cutting and efficient policies, we are able to return the money back to people, for instance free water,” she said.
BN, represented by Labis MP Chua Tee Yong (Chua Soi Lek’s son) and youth wing deputy secretary Low Chew June, however criticised Pakatan’s policies as being short-sighted and populist.
“Their results are meant for the short-term. BN of course can be like them, giving out Petronas’s revenues to delight the public. But as a responsible administration, we know it can’t last long,” Chua said.
He claimed BN has outlined a clear direction of the nation’s future under the upcoming New Economic Model (NEM) and Government Transformation Program.
“Under the NEM, there is no 30 percentBumiputra equity quota anymore. We will allocate funds to every households with monthly income less than RM1500, which constitutes 40 percent of the populations,”
“We also gearing up to turn Malaysia into a high-income country.” he said.
The forum featured Ean Yong (pic, left), Teo Nie Ching, chairlady Xiao Hui, Chua and Low.
Some 400 people attended the current issues forum held in Serdang Community Hall last night despite a drizzle. NTV7’s Lee Xiao Hui chaired the event and a guest panel formed by Josh Hong, Gu Chian Peow and Tang Ah Chai commented on both sides’ statements.
The Pakatan team, represented by Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah and Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching had a heated debate with BN team on the subjects of Chinese schools and pig farms.
“When Anwar Ibrahim was the Education Minister in 1987, he approved a notice that stated if a school reserve land is not titled for Chinese schools, it will automatically belong to national schools. That’s why we have a problem with Chinese schools now,” BN’s Chua said.
Teo however disagrees with him, said many included Najib and Hishamudin had become Education Minister after Anwar, but none of them ever addressed this issue.
“If they don’t agree with the provision, why didn’t they amend it? Do you want to wait until the next general election, when Pakatan takes over the federal administration, and let Anwar amend that?” she asked.
Ean Yong also said the Selangor state administration has regularised annual RM4 million funds for the state’s Chinese primary schools and RM2 million for Chinese independent high schools, although education is not exactly a power of state.
“However we would like to know why only 3.6 percent of the total education budget in Ninth Malaysia Plan is appropriated to chinese school by the central government?” he asked.
Regarding the pig farm issue, BN’s Low Chew June accused Pakatan as only putting a charade in Kedah when its DAP assemblyman was urged to quit last year, while Pakatan mocked MCA members of not doing anything in the Melaka pig-rearing crisis.
“At least our members dare to quit, did MCA ever do the same?” Teo asked.
“We just didn’t sensationalise the issue. In the Melaka issue, people (Opposition) ranted and raved, but in the end who solved the problem? It still came back us,” Low said.
He said there are still many people with conscience in BN spearheading the government transformation now.
Meanwhile, the commentary panel advised BN to make their proposal a reality, since the public has witnessed suggestions such as the IPCMC in Royal Police Commission’s thick proposal eventually dropped. Besides, the higher income promised in NEM does not necessarily guarantee a safer, fairer and more democratic country.
For Pakatan, the panel suggested they produce a future blueprint with clear policies and KPI to be shown to the public.
Commentary panel formed by Gu, Tang and Hong.
The forum ended at 10.30pm.
(Photo credit to Aw Yong Chin Hoe)
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