DAP Assistant National Publicity Secretary Zairil Khir Johari said this in response to the statement by the President of the Association of Malay Traders and Entrepreneurs (Persatuan Pedagang dan Pengusaha Melayu Malaysia / Perdasama).
Zairil said that DAP has been consistent in implementing government policies which are competent, accountable, and transparent in the last four years since it has been governing Penang.
Zairil said, clearly the statement by Moehamad Izat Emir that supporting DAP would lead to Malays’ economic downfall, is only in reference to cronies of UMNO and BN and would have no effect on hardworking Malays who are genuinely trying to earn an honest living.Penang’s Equitable Economic Agenda (Agenda Ekonomi Saksama / AES) is an inclusive framework where all surplus gains of the state from prudent saving are channelled back to the people regardless of race or creed. This is achieved by financial assistance program for the poor, senior citizens, single mothers, students, and other needy groups.
In fact, Penang has been the first state to eradicate hardcore poverty and by 2013, it plans to wipe out poverty in the state totally.
“It is absurd and ridiculous to say that a development model that assists the lower income groups is a threat to Malays,” said Zairil.
“Where is the justice when many Malays and Bumiputeras are among the poorest in the nation, while UMNO and BN leaders are living lavish lifestyles, such as the Chief Minister of Malacca who recently invited 130,000 guests for his son’s wedding, and the Chief Minister of Sarawak who allegedly is worth tens of billions of ringgit?”
Clearly, support for UMNO and BN will only benefit cronies and corrupt leaders, while the common people languish in poverty. Instead, putting trust in DAP and Pakatan Rakyat will uplift and empower every community including the Malays.-The Rocket