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by Lim Guan Eng
): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi needs only to reduce the fuel price in tandem with the fall in international price of oil, allow Anti-Corruption Agency(ACA) to act against UMNO leaders involved in money politics and endorse Bangsa Malaysia, not bangsa Melayu to repudiate Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, to make the UMNO General Assembly this week a meaningful success for all Malaysians.
DAP fails to understand why the government refuses to cut the fuel price to pass on the 25% drop in international oil price these past 2 months to consumers. International oil prices as fallen as much as 25% since its lowest level this year in October 20 at under US$57. It is unreasonable and unethical for certain irresponsible parties to continue to profit at people’s expense despite the drop in international oil prices especially the huge profits earned by Petronas from high fuel prices.
The people has a right to enjoy the benefits from these oil proceeds as oil resources belong to the people and not to any particular company or individual. Failure to reduce oil prices would mark Abdullah’s 3 year anniversary in power as a disappointment in that his actions have not fulfilled expectations.
His anti-corruption campaign has stalled with abuse of power and corruption worse than at any time since he became Prime Minister. His promise of wanting to hear the truth is shown to be shallow when he refused to listen to the academic conclusions and research of Professor Dr Lim Teck Ghee that the NEP should be abolished because the bumi equity based on market value has far exceeded the targeted 30%.
The best way for Abdullah to prove he is still committed in fighting corruption is by respecting the rule of law in allowing the ACA to act against UMNO leaders suspended for being involved in money politics. He should also repudiate the racist and extremist idea behind Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman that bangsa Malaysia is not acceptable because bangsa Melayu and Malay dominance enjoys the pivotal role. Such racist concept in rejecting bangsa Malaysia is dangerous and divisive and set back national unity, the prerequsitie for achieving Vision 2020.
Only by doing three things, can Abdullah prove that he is not only the President of UMNO but also the Prime Minister of all Malaysians regardless of race or religion.
* Lim Guan Eng, Secretary-General of DAP