Published: Sunday January 27, 2013 MYT 5:16:00 PM
Soi Lek: Votes for BN vital to ensure continued socio-economic development
By FOONG PEK YEE
KLUANG: Every vote for Barisan Nasional is vital in ensuring continued socio-economic development in Malaysia after the general election, said Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
The MCA president stressed that the coming polls was about the fate of 28 million Malaysians, and not on political parties grabbing power.
“Any slight decline in Barisan's performance will disrupt the momentum of the country's development.
“For investors, especially those from overseas, a country's political stability is important because it is a measure of the investment climate.
“Malaysia's development under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has already gained the recognition of foreign countries and also the IMF (International Monetary Fund,” he said at the MCA anniversary celebration here Sunday. Dr Chua said facts and figures on the country's development were there for the people to see.
“Please analyse the country's situation in a rational manner before going to the ballot box.
“While Barisan may not be perfect, we know that Barisan, under Najib, can assure continued stability after the elections.
“The Economic Transformation Programme put in place by the Prime Minister is on track and we are projecting between 5% and 5.5% economic growth this year besides creating 300,000 new jobs annually,” said Dr Chua, who is a member of the National Economic Council.
He noted that Malaysia had performed better than countries like the United States, Singapore and Japan.
Dr Chua said the people must support the Government so that the country could continue to be strong, and not be vulnerable to the economic downturn worldwide.
On Pakatan Rakyat's aim to take over Putrajaya, he said the DAP, PKR and PAS were only out to grab power and disregarded the interest of the people.
“They do not have a common goal and development plans for the country.
“In fact, the coalition is always having internal conflicts because each member has its own agenda,” he said, adding that PAS was bent on implementing its brand of hudud, DAP out to mislead the Chinese community to hold on to the Chinese majority seats, and PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim eyeing the Prime Minister's post.
Dr Chua chided the DAP for continuing to mislead the Chinese community and trading their interest for its own political survival.
“Pakatan will continue to be in conflict with one other; uncertainty will prevail in the country and worsen if Pakatan is seen to get stronger,” he said, adding that it would take its toll on the country's economy and disrupt plans to achieve the status of a developed and high income nation by 2020.