PM on 5th gear towards general election
Prime Minister Datuk Najib Tun razak works as thought he is the president of Malaysia. All other ministers including DPM have become subdued in their media coverage as compared to Datuk Najib Tun Razak. The PM has taken upon himself the task of reviving the fortune of UMNO/BN after their worst election in March 2008. Soon after taking the premiership, he announced the ambitious political (GTP) and economic transformation programs (ETP). He bulldozed the implementation of these programs sidestepping the government departments by creating a new unit PEMANDU under the leadership of Datuk Idris jala. Billions have been poured into the projects. GTP primarily targets improvement in cost of living, crime rate, Preschool education, rural basic infrastructure, public transportation, uplifting low income household and corruption. ETP focused on enhancing competitiveness and economic growth.
3 years after implementation the programs, PM says the results and scorecards are encouraging. But many critics are not optimistic about its achievements. Since the launch of GTP, Crime index of Malaysia dropped to 60th ranking from 56th. Cost of living continues to go up. Public transportations are still in shambles. Even economic growth is far slower than initially projected. Private sector investment is lesser that envisaged. ETP projects are creating more jobs for low wage earning foreigners. ETP targets 6% growth from 2011 to 2020 each year. In 2011 economic growth was 4-5%. Government debt is still increasing and fast approaching the debt threshold of 55% of GDP. The divide between rich and poor are getting wider. BN government simply ran out of ideas to outgrow the external and internal challenges.
Institutionalized racialism and corruption is slowing down the transformation programs. PM and UMNO has no will and wish to bring about the structural transformation. DPM claims Malaysian education is better than UK, US and Germany yet every year thousands are send to these countries for further studies. All our neighboring countries are racing to overtake us in economic growth, political stability, corruption and good governance.
The prime minister nitiated civil liberal reforms by amending and abolishing rigid, restrictive and draconian laws like ISA, PPPA, UUCA and emergency ordinance. The emergency ordinance was replaced with peaceful assembly bill; ISA is replaced with security offences (special measures) bill. Amendments are being made to UUCA which still do not provide the freedom to students to participate in off campus politics. It’s like old wine repacked into new bottles to appease voters.
Datuk Seri Najib is now rushing to implement the minimum wages to win over the workers support. 40% of our work forces are foreigners. 34% of Malaysian workers earn below RM700 which is below poverty line. Malaysian workers job security and income are regressing with more foreign workers imported and foreigners are now openly engaged in small trading in market places. UMNO/BN has lost the plot to lead the country. PM has tried all tricks in hand but nothing much to show. Now he is bribing the rural and poor voters with BRIM which is Beri Rasuah 1 Malaysia.
It’s time to change the government for at least one term. Let UMNO/BN be in opposition and Datuk Najib be the opposition leader for one term. This is a must to eradicate institutionalized racism and corruption. Indians should be part of the change looming large in Malaysian politics. Let’s raise up to the occasion. It’s now or never.
Senator S. Ramakrishnan