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Disgusting proposal to award government work to Bersatu divisional chiefs

Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman

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The Penang division of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress is shocked with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) vice-president Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman’s stand that elections must be won “by hook or by crook”.

And, by extension, doing it by rewarding Bersatu divisional chiefs with government handouts is even more disgusting! To imply that Bersatu, as a component party of the Pakatan Harapan government, would be justified in doing so is something devoid of sense.

The 2018 general election victory was the result of of the people’s collective desire to oppose the culture of patronage, amongst other issues, embedded during the Barisan Nasional’s rein.

We, the citizens of the country, voted for change minus cronyism. It was our hope that this country would embark on a fresh path of transparency and accountability. It was our aspiration that the country would be in the hands of those who subscribe to the ideals of democratic rules and practices. The misplaced affirmation of leaders like Abdul Rashid does disservice to the hopes of the people of this country.

If elections are to be won “by hook or by crook”, is it suggested that it ought to be achieved by, say, rigging elections with dubious electoral rolls – or worse, by buying votes through enriching divisional chiefs? Isn’t such a proposition going against the very grain of concerns raised by the people and the collective leadership of the Pakatan Harapan government?

On all accounts, it would be a disaster if the Pakatan Harapan leadership does not rebut the position taken by Abdul Rashid.

K Veeriah is secretary of the Penang division of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress.

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2 Jan 2019 10.14am

Its already very clear turning 100% … UMNO. Just on their 2 General Assembly already talking like UMNO Ketuanan Melayu. GE 15 might be the time to rap up Bersatu and bury it for the good of this nation.

Sharon UH Cheah
31 Dec 2018 8.12pm

The fact that he even dares to say this.. 😖

Kuldeep Singh Gill
31 Dec 2018 7.54pm

Rascals will be rascals forever???

Schnellvin Sake
31 Dec 2018 5.56pm

what happened to open tender?

Thurai Singam Chandra Sehkaran
31 Dec 2018 5.57pm

Corrupted talk! Beware with PBBM after mahathir left

Baharuddin Bin Shafie
31 Dec 2018 3.22pm

kalau gitu kembalilah kepada umno macam dulu!

31 Dec 2018 3.00pm

Mahathir is still the same.

Bersatu is just UMNO minus Najib. Other than that, everything is the same. Cronyism in UMNO became Klepto-crazy. Bersatu is into Cronyism. Over time, it will grow to Klepto-crazy. Everyone is back to square one.

Malaysia’s exchange rate with the US$ will drop like a rock over time.

For the nons, it is better to migrate if you can than stick around.

Chew Kb
31 Dec 2018 12.09pm

Shameless spineless species

Barney Muthu
31 Dec 2018 11.30am

UMNO mentality maa.

Goh Hock Hin
31 Dec 2018 11.38am

Ilogical reasoning! Same mentality n culture of UMNO!! Very disgusting

Jerry Er
31 Dec 2018 11.40am

Demote him to ordinary member with 10 year suspension from contesting all party posts to save maruah ppbm

Gerrie Teng
31 Dec 2018 11.12am

Yes, disgusting is the word… coming from a senior guy like him. Shame on you!!! The people are watching & listening..

Mathew Mathen
31 Dec 2018 10.59am

Greed is what got Malaysia into finacial trouble in the first place!

Richard Ng Ting Woong
31 Dec 2018 11.02am

Garbage talk

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