We called on Chinese voters in Sungai Limau not to be intimidated by the threats of revenge and discriminatory politics practised by the Barisan Nasional government.
We recalled a statement by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir not long ago that the state government would not entertain requests from Chinese schools.
While we welcomes Putrajaya's change of heart on the issue of allocation for Chinese schools, it is obvious that the sudden U-turn is due to its political needs in Sungai Limau..
Mukhriz had said that he would not neglect those who had supported BN in the 13th general election. He had said the majority of Kedah's population were Malays and as such there was no need to entertain requests from Chinese schools.
The statement starks in contrast with the series of announcements by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in the run-up to the Sungai Limau by-election.
More than RM2 million has been announced by Putrajaya to help three Chinese primary schools in the area.
The move was to solicit support for BN from the 1,800 Chinese voters in Sungai Limau.
MCA president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek has meanwhile described the RM1 million allocation to SRJK (C) Aik Min, which only has 15 students, as a huge test for the Chinese community.
"If the Chinese voters accept the money from Barisan Nasional but do not support them, then they cannot expect to receive additional allocations in the future," Chua was quoted by China Press as saying.
Chua's statement showed the BN government was not committed to fair and equal treatment of Chinese schools.
If Putrajaya is committed to fair and equal treatment, then it should announce regular allocations to Chinese schools and not only during general and by-elections...
A fair government will not punish voters for their choices, what Chua has said is no different from what Mukhriz said earlier
We called on Chinese voters to vote for PAS candidate Mohd Azam Abd Samat, saying it could send a clear message to Putrajaya that the community would not be cowed by threats
Sungai Limau was once part of the then Kota Setar Selatan Parliamentary constituency in 1969 where, apa nama, Mukhriz's father lost to the late PMIP (now PAS) candidate, Haji Yusof Rawa. In the 1969 General Elections, his father told the Chinese electorates that he could easily win that seat without Chinese support. The rest, they say, is History. How come his son needs Chinese votes now with just over 1,800 which is considered as "chicken feed"?
UMNO thinks they can bribe the chinese community with peanuts and half baked promises......one that's sincere doesn't have to bribe and a government for all races will have fully support from the rakyat.....sadly UMNO or BN isn't what we need to govern especially their coalition partners who dare not fight for their religion or communities.