FMT - PH in clear and present danger, Kadir Jasin reminds ‘unfriendly’ ministers:
PETALING JAYA: An adviser to Dr Mahathir Mohamad today gave a damning appraisal of the Pakatan Harapan government’s performance since taking over federal power, saying “unfriendly” ministers and their aides have not lived up to their supporters’ expectations.
Kadir Jasin, the prime minister’s media and communications adviser, said the ruling coalition was now in “clear and present” danger following the beating it took in the recent Cameron Highlands by-election.
“So be forewarned. If the people could vote the PH in, they could also vote the PH out,” Kadir said on his blog today.
He said PH ministers had become “unfriendly”, and their aides were also “inefficient”, “bureaucratic” and “distant”. [...]
He said prices of goods and services, unemployment and affordable homes remained major issues for Malaysians close to one year after voting Barisan Nasional out of power. [...]
“After promises upon promises being broken, the people don’t anymore buy the ‘akan kaji’ (will study) excuses and blaming of the previous government,” he said.
He said some ministers had also lost touch with ordinary Malaysians.
“During the Cameron Highlands campaign I saw ministers and their deputies crowding around the VIP tables instead of mixing with the people,” said Kadir.
I will zoom in on just one particular issue or instance - that of matching grants for Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR-UC).
Late last year MCA president Dr Wee Ka Siong lambasted new Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng for denying TAR UC its usual annual government matching grants, indeed for the first time in its 50 years of existence. And that unique eff-off to TAR UC has been by a Chinese Malaysian Finance Minister.
Lim GE might have been the first Chinese Malaysian Finance Minister since 1974 when Tan Siew Sin (MCA) as the previous and last Chinese Malaysian FM resigned from politics after his request to be made Deputy PM was denied.
Be that as it might have been, Lim GE, by refusing to continue matching grants for TAR UC on grounds of partisan politics, had cast doubts on the UC to continue providing affordable higher education for the lower income group especially among Chinese Malaysians.
Lim GE in his typical arrogance demanded of MCA to severe its ties with TAR UC, a learning institute which MCA had conceived, created and maintained to help poor Chinese and other Malaysian students who were marginalised from the mainstream universities because of their 2nd class ethnicity.
That's the standard but sickening arrogance of Tokong, which made me wonder whether he's competing with RTA to be a better Malaysian.
The previous government prior to Tokong coming to power with a PH government provided TAR UC matching grants every year to help meet its operating expenses in order to keep the course fees low.
Star Online reported: Dr Wee said some 200,000 Malaysians graduated from TAR College/TAR UC over the last 50 years.
About 95% of the graduates were Chinese and the rest from other ethnic groups. They included Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub and Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok.
besides Salahuddin Ayub and Teresa Kok, Chong Eng the current DAP ADUN for Padang Lalang Penang and the previous MP for Bukit Mertajam were alumnus of TAR UC
Dr Wee urged the people, especially those who had studied in TAR College and TAR UC to speak up on the issue – which touched on depriving TAR UC of matching grants – and causing much uncertainty among the lower-income group which looked forward to an affordable higher education.
Did you hear a squeak from Chong Eng, Salahuddin Ayub or Teresa Kok on the now-denied matching grants for their alma mater?
Teresa Kok who had been usually so vocal and pandai at making Chinese New Year propaganda videos (eg. the “Onederful Malaysia” video which landed her in trouble with the authorities, with a sedition charge brought against her) has been deafeningly silent on Lim GE's refusal to provide matching grants for her alma mater.
Hasn't her silence or act dunno, as that of Chong Eng and Salahuddin Ayub, been exactly what Pak Kadir Yasin lamented, that: Some ministers had also lost touch with ordinary Malaysians.
View above video made by Teresa Kok in 2014, which coincidentally contained issues on tertiary education and how the script 'made fun' of Malaysian mainstream universities.
Yet sadly, as an alumnus of of TAR UC she has today looked away when Lim GE penalises the university college (and thus Chinese Malaysian students especially those whose parents can't afford to send them to Monash University in Melbourne Australia), just for maintaining ties with its creator and administrator for 50 years.