Speech by Lim Kit Siang at the Pakatan Rakyat Hulu Selangor by-election ceramah in Batang Kali on Tuesday, 20th April 2010 at 10 pm:
Withdraw or Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat should be censured for tabling a more than three-fold hike in compound fines for traffic offences from RM300 to RM1,000 under Road Transport (Amendment) Bill
Former MCA President and Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat should be censured for tabling a more than three-fold hike in compound fines for traffic offences from RM300 to RM1,000 under the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill.
This bill was presented for first reading yesterday (Monday) and meant for passage by Parliament this week.
This is the act of a Transport Minister and government which are completely unconcerned and unsympathetic about the plight of the ordinary people in these difficult times.
This is also the voice of the people of Hulu Selangor and we want to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Transport Minister and the entire Cabinet that this Bill should be withdrawn and dropped altogether or this will be one reason why the Barisan Nasional should be taught a lesson on the by-election polling day on Sunday, April 25, 2010.
What is the position of the other MCA Ministers and the MCA national leadership as they cannot keep quiet at such an oppressive amendment to the Road Transport Act especially as the Transport Minister is from the MCA.
In another five days, the voters of Hulu Selangor will be casting their votes and making a decision which will not only affect Hulu Selangor and the Selangor state but also the future of the country and future generations.
This is because the result of the Hulu Selangor by-election will be seen as a barometer of whether Malaysians are ready and prepared for a total “political tsunami” in the next general election, effecting a change of a national government and transfer of power in Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Rakyat with Anwar Ibrahim as the new Prime Minister and Najib Razak as the new Parliamentary Opposition Leader.
This is why the outcome of the Hulu Selangor by-election commands national and international focus and attention.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor