Wednesday, 17 April 2013

'Don't repeat 1999 mistake'

P.140 Segamat (13th General Election on May 5, 2013)
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'Don't repeat 1999 mistake'

SEGAMAT (April 16, 2013): The Chinese made a terrible mistake when they gave their full support and saved Umno in the 1999 General Election (GE).
“That was an election when the Malays gave 60% of their support to the Reformasi GE after Pakatan Rakyat (PR) de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim was politically jailed,” Johor PKR chairman Chua Jui Meng said.
“And how did the racist Umno repay the Chinese and Indians? You all know the answer,” he said in a ceramah in Buloh Kasap tonight.
“If the Chinese had thrown their support behind theReformasi Movement in 1999, the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) would have been politically buried,” he added.
“The Chinese lost that opportunity to bury Umno. This time, we are not about to blunder away this chance. We cannot afford to lose a single vote.

“Every vote counts and we ask everyone to come out in full force to cast their votes. Johoreans working outside the state must also return to cast their ballots on May 5.
“BN-Umno will try to cheat, it will be the dirtiest general election ever and only a people’s power can overcome the evil regime,” Chua said.
“We, therefore, hope the Malays, especial Johor Malays, will also give the same strong support to Anwar, as in 1999, and Malaysians and Malaysia will be saved from the corrupt BN,” he said to a thunderous round of applause from a 7,000-people crowd.
He said Felda settlers nationwide were given a raw deal by the BN government, and that inflation and rising prices of essentials were expected should BN be returned to power on May 5.
“Unfair taxes like GST will have a domino effect and Barang Naik will be worsened with higher retail prices of oil,” he added.
Chua said: “Judge me by my track record as a five-term Bakri MP and my nine-year performance as Health Minister.
“My principles of governing will be the same. PR will be a caring and loving oriented government.
“When I was Health Minister, I transformed the ministry into a caring and loving healthcare service. We must care and love our patients because without them, we are nobody.
“Likewise, we must care and love our people,” he added.
Chua had started his day with an interview by a Chinese reporter at 10am followed  by a two-hour discussion and briefing, from 11am to 1pm with a group of Malay supporters from Buloh Kasap.
Chua then led representatives from Segamat and Sekijang PKR to pay their last respects to a Chinese community leader Lim See Chor in Taman Segar.
After lunch and handshakes with the people in Taman Utama, Chua held an hour-long discussion and briefing with about 30 Abim, PAS and PKR supporters on campaign strategies to be adopted in the election campaign trail to beat BN here for the first time in electoral history.
He then returned to his home stay for a short rest and was on the road again to deliver a ceramah in Sekijang at 10pm, followed by another in Buloh Kasap’s Taman Yayasan.
Here’s the pictures of Chua’s campaign trail for the day and night: