SHAH ALAM, 16 May: The 13th General Election (GE-13) was not racial politics but that of the voters change to prefer to fight for a democratic value system.
Kuala Terengganu Member of Parliament, Raja Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad said that the people, regardless of race, have now risen to champion the fight against the occurrence of corruption and injustice.
“PAS won in many areas where there are many educational institutes and not because of the sentiment of race. In Terengganu, there are many issues of neglecting the Malay rights.
“Now the people are becoming more aware of the question of dependence on the government and the (Umno-BN) government is fond of having Felda settlers to depend on them. The government does not want them to be independent and free by earning a living through their own effort,” said Raja Kamarul.
He said this when he was a panel member at the Wacana Sinar 20th Series discourse titled ‘Post GE-13: Where is the Malay Political Orientation’ here today.
In the meantime, Kamarul also questioned the attitude of the Umno-BN lead government which allegedly failed in addressing the issue of Malay professionals as they do not appreciate their role in building the nation.
Raja Kamarul took the example of the former President and CEO of Petronas, Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican who is now currently employed by a foreign company in Singapore.
“Untrustworthy people cannot contribute to the government and has no place. A Malay is more trusted by Singapore and the United States,” he said.
This discourse also highlighted the Umno Supreme Council Member, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Member of Parliament for Penang Hill, Zairil Khir Johari.
The programme was run by the lecturer from Mara University of Technology Faculty of Administration and Policy Studies, Assoc Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin, and was attended by about 500 people.