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Notice for urgent
parliamentary debate on Wednesday on European Commission Ambassador’s
controversial critical speech on NEP and the country’s declining FDIs and
(Parliament, Monday): I have given notice to the Speaker, Tan Sri Ramli Ngah to move a motion of urgent definite public importance on Wednesday on the controversial speech by the European Commission Ambassador to Malaysia Thierry Rommel critical of the New Economic Policy and the country’s declining FDIs and competitiveness.
The motion I have submitted is as follows:
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has said that Rommel’s remarks are “factually disputable” while the Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said that Rommel’s statement was not based on facts.
However, up to now, Najib, Hamid and Umno Youth leader Datuk Seri Hisammuddin Hussein, who is spearheading a Barisan Nasional youth protest against Rommel’s speech, have not laid out the facts to prove Rommel wrong, which should be the “smart” way of operation in an information and knowledge era with the advent of information and communications technologies.
Hishammuddin should clarify whether he has the full authority of MCA Youth, Gerakan Youth, MIC Youth, SUPP Youth and youth wings of other Barisan Nasional parties to speak on their behalf on this issue – and if so, why the other BN Youth leaders have been so conspicuously silent.
I have no doubt that if Rommel had praised the NEP and the productivity and competitiveness policies of the Barisan Nasional government, there would be no protests but full of praises and and even bouquets for Rommel.
Rommel has denied in today’s press that he had any intention to meddle in Malaysia’s domestic affairs and that it was not the rationale of his speech.
He clarified that the NEP would have bearing on the negotiations with the Free Trade Agreement between EU and ASEAN and that the bumiputra policy is an issue on the horizon, as it would limit room to manoeuvre for Malaysian negotiations due to the open nature of the FTA itself.
Instead of protests and saber-rattling by Hishammuddin and the Barisan Nasional Youth, the most sensible and productive response is to ask for full clarification from Rommel and to have a full debate in Parliament.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman