We have heard of such statement so often in the past. Today, LDP President VK Liew said that the New Economic Model (NEM), unveiled by the prime minister last month, will be a pull factor for the Chinese voters towards the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Hulu Selangor by-election.
Previously, most of Barisan leaders had praised UMNO President led policies but with very little success to show. Dr Mahathir's grand Vision 2020 had lost its steam with less than a decade to go. Malaysia is anything but close to becoming a fully developed nation and creating a fair, just and harmonious Bangsa Malaysia (Malaysian race).
Ironically, Mahathir had helped to launch the right-winged Malay organisation, Perkasa, and is now being used as a poster boy by the group. He had warned the government to pay heed to the group's demand. If Mahathir is siding with Perkasa, we should know by now how lame his Vision 2020 is. The group is only good at blaming others for the failure of the Malaysia community but has not been able to provide solutions and answers to how the affirmative action could fail the Malays. Why the income gap between the rich and poor Malay is growing larger?
To Mahathir, his flip flop on the affirmative action puts him on the same pedastal with Abdullah Badawi. Mahathir is a worse hypocrite than his appointed successor.
Mahathir describes those who advocate the removal of affirmative action policies that benefit Bumiputeras as selfish. It would be more selfish to weight down the community mindset to continue to be dependant on its political masters in UMNO. This is another form of slavery, a mental one.
Past policies announced by UMNO prime ministers had suffered the same fate. Most of these policies sounded good on paper but can never be implemented. Barisan leaders such as VK Liew should have enough reasons to doubt the sincerity of NEM. Najib has been doing more flip flops with the NEM compared to other PMs. At least Mahathir and Abdullah did not flip flop on theirs.
Najib is probably feeling very upbeat after his meeting with US President Barack Obama. This meeting is not going to translate into any popularity gains for him. In fact, he should learn from the lesson of Obama leadership. Obama is now facing a daunting task to walk his talk. His talks sounded like flowery garden.
Najib must walk his talk to increase the nation's per capita income, reform the affirmative action, combat corruption within his administration and end institutional racism in the country.
We need to know the outcome of PKFZ investigation, the VK Lingam scandal,the formation of IPCMC and the abolishment of ISA for a start.
Real reforms mean more than just flowery talk. VK Liew should be so gullible. He and other non-UMNO leaders in Barisan should learn to ask tough questions.
Otherwise, he thinks Chinese voters in Hulu Selangor are fools who can be easily sweet talked?