Gerakan: Beware of PAS’ Great Deception Press Statement by Datuk Mah Siew Keong

Gerakan National Vice-President, Datuk Mah Siew Keong today in a statement rapped PAS Youth for calling the liberalisation of the NEP a regressive measure. He said the measure would increase Malaysia's competitiveness and ensure that we continue to attract foreign direct investment to spur the economic recovery.


Last Saturday, PAS Youth has strongly lashed out against the new government policy abolishing the 30 percent bumiputera equity rule for 27 service sub-sectors which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak in April. In a resolution passed during the final day of the PAS muktamar, Youth vice-president Ahmad Sabki Yusof opined that it is a “step backward” that could destroy Muslim bumiputera businesses in the long run.


“To say I am shocked is obviously an understatement. I am repulsed by the hypocrisy shown by PAS and PR. On one hand we have Lim Kit Siang lauding this decision and on the hand PAS is calling it a step backwards. It begs the questions, what is happening in PR?” Mah asked.


Mah, who is also Chairman of the Gerakan Central Economic Bureau, said that this shows that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Ketuanan Rakyat agenda stops at the door of PAS. He called it a great deception perpetrated against the people of Malaysia, and we must collectively repudiate such “divide and rule” politics.


“The BN has been accused of being unfair and unjust which is not true and to falsify this perception we have made a decision that is equitable and economically sensible, so why is PAS Youth against it as it is clearly in line with their mantra of justice and fairness for all? Obviously, when it comes to PR, you can have various standards depending on how it fits,” Mah remarked.


Mah called on Malaysians to be open and not make the same mistake of giving Pakatan Rakyat and PAS in particular in blank cheque . He said PAS’ Muktamar shows that they are not ready to embrace the path of moderation and all they are doing riding on an anti-BN wave without articulating policies of their own or presenting their vision for the future of Malaysia.


“Malaysians have been asking the BN tough questions after the last general election, I hope this same tendency will be extended to PR as well. Both sides must be accountable for what they say and do, and we must stop practicing double standards,” Mah said.

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