It was “political bribery” for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s to promise cancelling the controversial Batu Caves condominium project if Barisan Nasional (BN) recaptures Selangor, and accused the prime minister of abusing an emotive issue to woo Indian support.
It is bribery... very unbecoming of the Prime Minister,Particularly to speak to people from the lower income category in this manner... it is very unbecoming.
They don’t even have a safety net as far as health, education and housing is concerned and you dangle these sorts of rewards in front of them.
It is as good as telling them - you will be worst off if you don’t do this (vote for BN), and I (PM) won’t care for you if you don’t.
At the MIC’s national Deepavali open house at Batu Caves this morning, Najib promised to cancel the controversial luxury condominium being built near the venue but provided that the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition wins back Selangor from PR.
Despite holding state power, the Selangor PR government had not seen it fit to turn the issue into a political one, and chose instead to resolve it via consultation and discussion with the relevant parties.
It was unfair issue such ultimatums on voters, particularly since the issue was clearly a sensitive one to the Indian community.
Otherwise the Selangor government do not say ― if the Indians vote for them, they will definitely cancel the project.
What they have done is, they have issued a stop work order and their task force is now working on looking at different angles to solve this. In the end, they will ensure that it is resolved amicably.
Najib’s words were similar to his “you help me, I help you” promise to Sibu voters during the 2010 by-election, which had earned the prime minister widespread criticism.
Najib should make an effort to resolve the issue, not issue a conditional promise.In his last-minute pitch at a DAP stronghold during the Sibu polls in May 2010, Najib had announced a RM5 million flood mitigation allocation for Rejang Park, provided that voters choose BN’s candidate for the seat, Robert Lau Hui Yew.
“I want to make a deal with you. Can we have an understanding or not? The understanding is quite simple.“I help you, you help me,” Najib had said in his announcement that was made just three hours before campaigning closed.
Lau later went on to lose the contest to DAP’s Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng.
Selangor has ordered a temporary halt to the construction of the 29-storey condominium near Batu Caves pending the findings of an independent state-level task force to be set up soon, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said on Octber 30.
He, however, offered the state’s assurance that the matter would be resolved as soon as possible, admitting that the stop-work order would cost the developers financial losses.
The 29-storey Dolomite Park Avenue condominium project has turned into a political crisis as Batu Caves is the religious focal point of Hindu Indians, who form the majority of the 1.7 million Indians and are a key voting group in many urban seats in Selangor.
About 300 Hindu and non-governmental activists joined a “Save Batu Caves” rally in the Batu Caves temple complex to protest against the condominium construction on October 26, saying it was an environmental risk that would jeopardise the temple grounds but did not furnish proof to substantiate their allegations.
The project was given the nod by state authorities in 2007, but MIC and Barisan Nasional (BN) have in recent weeks pressured the current Pakatan Rakyat administration into calling a halt to the project amid a battle for Indian votes.
Aiya , this is a just a promise! Even if he wins he is going to ensure that Condo will be up! After all they are the ones who give the green light to proceed in the first place! The Indians as usual will be hoodwink with more fantastic promises!
so unbecoming of a PM status, childish and very very hard-up for votes. I really hope the Indians will realise what kind of government we have here,...
Najib's logics seems to be asking the robbery victims to be grateful and to pay a reward to the robbers for returning the victims' money!