9 Jan 2019
Press statement by MCA Vice President Senator Dato’ Sri Ti Lian Ker
No credibility when PH demonstrates open defiance of Manifesto promises & tacitly touts cronyism
Not only has Pakatan Harapan disappointed voters with their consistent reneges of the GE14 Manifesto promises, they are now openly defiant of their black and white undertakings in their Manifesto by saying that it is no Bible/sacred document.
Promise 22 of the PH Manifesto clearly expresses that “The PH Government will ensure the appointment of state and national GLC Board members will be made based on merit and professionalism, not based on politics.”
But lo and behold. Representing and speaking on behalf of Pakatan Harapan collectively, PKR Economic Affairs Minister Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali has openly declared that “PH does not rule out appointing politicians to top GLC posts (The Star, 9 Jan 2019).”
Pakatan Harapan leaders whom are quick to blow their trumpets are suddenly missing in action. None have deem it fit to explain to the electorates of another bigger U-Turn on their promises. No one came forward to remind, rebuke or refute the PKR Deputy President. They are suddenly silent in dignity instead of being indignant for dishonouring their promises to the Rakyat.
Two wrongs don’t make a right
It is plain obvious that Azmin Ali is trying to water down or reduce the backlash he received on his appointment as director of Khazanah Nasional formerly. By not showing remorse but instead repeating a wrong with a series of wrongs, he hopes to right his wrong. That’s call political arrogance.
Azmin Ali ‘mudah lupa’, conveniently ‘sudah lupa’ his own personal undertaking to the people to appease them at that moment. He has conveniently forgot that as recent as Oct 2018, he had asserted that “No more politicians should be appointed on any board, we want the professionals to run our GLCs (The Star, 25 Oct 2019).”
Surely with PH’s links and support from NGOs, civil society groups, academia, professional and religious bodies both locally and globally who were their ardent supporters in the last three general elections, they should be able to select outstanding candidates to fill up GLC posts with no problems.
Politicians and political parties must honour their promises or be accountable to what they have represented to the people.
Instead what we have is PH is returning to the old by behaving indifferently and adopting the practices of the previous administration that they had galvanised the people to boot out.
PH elected representatives or political party leaders are more keen with rushing to fill up top positions of GLCs or government agencies with their pals (read cronies), and securing the all encompassing remunerations that accompany such coveted positions instead of attending to the myriads of problems and untold miseries they have brought upon the Rakyat since their coming into power.
Slowly and surely public disgruntlements are showing. There is really no “Ubah” under the New Malaysia.
Senator Dato’ Sri Ti Lian Ker
MCA Vice President