GOPENG, Mar 25: The parliament is expected to be dissolved by the first week of next month for a late April general election. Political analysts and commentators are detecting encouraging signs of shifting attitudes of the Chinese voters towards the government.
The Chinese community is observing the change and progress that Barisan Nasional is doing for the Chinese and would consider this as a turning point. They might have seen that it is important to have a government that can ensure stability in the country.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lekurged the Chinese community to decide if their political strength is in the ruling-government or opposition in this upcoming 13th General Election (GE13).
He said Barisan Nasional was set to form the Government and DAP and its PAS and PKR allies were in no position to change this fact.
“I can say with confidence that the Malay and Indian votes are very good for Barisan,” Dr Chua said after visiting Lawan Kuda wet market here yesterday.
He advised the Chinese, whose priorities had always been on the economy and education, to seriously consider where to place their political trust.
“The country under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has been doing well and will continue to do well.
“Najib has brought good changes, especially economic changes, and he shared the country’s economic performance with the public recently,” he said.
With an annual economic growth rate of between 5% and 6%, Dr Chua said Malaysia had overtaken many countries including Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Unemployment rate is down to 3.1% and the Economic Transformation Programmes will among others, generate 300,000 new jobs a year.
“DAP can just say change for the next five years, but the Chinese must consider its implications,” he said.
Dr Chua said it could not be denied that a community with good representation in the Government would be at an advantage, especially in getting problems solved.
“The Opposition can listen to your problems at most,” he added.
In Ipoh later, Dr Chua cautioned the people that the Opposition would not serve them after they got elected.
Their tactic was to continue to divert the people’s attention by harping on issues, he said after visiting the Gunung Rapat wet market.
Dr Chua said it was also the tactic of DAP elected representatives to change seats frequently because they knew they could not fool their constituents for long.