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Monday, December 31, 2012


Delivering Malaysia’s Promise Of Success To Those Who Are Honest, Work Hard, Invest In The Future And Follow Rules In A Malaysia That Is Clean, Green, Safe And Healthy.

2013 promises to be momentous year whether Malaysians have to courage to change a 56 year old government that is afraid of new ideas, lost its ideals and turned its back on principles of justice, freedom, truth, democracy and integrity in governance. If Malaysia is to get back on track, both economically and political rights, 2013 should be about the people and performance not about who is more racist and extreme.

Three countries in ASEAN that have exceeded expectations serve as a reminder of the benefits of having a people-centric government that focuses on performance. Thailand has exceeded all expectations especially in tourism with the highest growth as the No. 1 tourist destination with its 2012 stockmarket as the best performer in Asia at 37% better than in 2011.

In terms of manufacturing, Phillipines is the country to watch with an economic growth rate of more than 6% and its 2012 stockmarket just behind Thailand at 33% up from 2011. Of course, Indonesia is the star performer in ASEAN, not just for its size but also for its impressive growth figures.

All 3 countries benefit from a young population that is more skilled and a government that places more importance on economics than politics, prefers performance and practical policies over racial and religious extremism as well as leaders who push for integrity and punishes corruption.

If Malaysians are to overcome those who wish to split us into racial and religious boxes, we must remind ourselves that despite our diversity and different cultural past, we are also bonded by history of Merdeka and the Federal Constitution since 1957, of shared values and millions of familiar attachments. To bridge divisions, build trust and broaden support to allow all Malaysians to connect with each other, policies must not only be legally valid but also possess moral, popular and political legitimacy.

Malaysians should take note of these 3 countries successes and ensure that bad behaviour not be rewarded but punished and reject BN with corruption in their DNA. Lies and fear tactics that change will bring about a Christian state or an Islamic state no longer work when ultimately what makes people’s lives better is the KPI that counts.

The 13th general elections due in April 2013 should be about which party can deliver Malaysia’s promise of success to those who are honest, work hard, invest in the future and follow rules in a Malaysia that is clean, green, safe and healthy.

DAP 2013 New Year Message By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur on 31.12.2012

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