马华、民政团结势更强集会

January 6, 2018 at 2:19 pm

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马华公会总会长拿督斯里廖中莱
马华、民政团结势更强集会
演讲词
2018年1月6日

民政党全国主席拿督斯里马袖强部长

来自马华公会、民政党的中委、代表同志们。

大家早上好!

历史性集会 团结势更强

1. 首先我要热烈欢迎民政党的战友们出席马华-民政团结势更强集会,我也要感谢所有马华同志的踊跃出席。今天的集会是历史性的集会,是国阵在1974年成立以来,马华和民政第一次举办的两党集会,隆重而有意义。一年之计在于春,我们刚刚迎来了2018年,我恭贺大家新年进步,也祝福大家旗开得胜,越战越勇!

2. 我感到非常的鼓舞,马华和民政这一次展现了团结的决心。民政党在党主席拿督斯里马袖强的领导下,展现坚强的斗志,而全体马华同志也将全力以赴,全面作出团结的承诺。马华、民政“团结势更强”!

共同的愿景 共同的理念

各位嘉宾,各位马华、民政同志,

3. 今天在座的都是两党的各级领袖。我们是兄弟、是姐妹,一家人不说两家话。过去,在同一个屋檐下,两党之间难免有争议。可是,马华公会和民政党拥有长期的合作经验,我们在国阵框架下一起展开政治斗争,这是最宝贵的经验,也是我们强化团结的重要基础。

4. 五年前的第13届全国大选,马华公会与民政党一起经历了挫败,尽管国阵继续执政,然而马华民政却失去华裔选民的支持而最终选择不入阁,陷入了深重的低潮。后来马华决定重新入阁,加上拿督斯里马袖强在安顺补选中胜出后出任内阁部长,华社的声音才终于重新回到政府体制里头。

5. “前事不忘,后事之师”,这个教训我们一定要记取。我们必须振作起来,同心协力共同面对这一届大选。

6. 马华和民政是国阵里的资深伙伴,我们有共同的愿景,即实现TN50的先进国目标。我们也有很多共同点,包括共识、政治斗争目标、中庸精神和实现多元政治体制。我们提倡正能量,心向人民,以打造人民的团结,国家的稳定,人民的幸福生活为终极目标。

精诚团结 建设国家

7. 在过去的两个月间,我和拿督斯里马袖强至少展开了五次的会谈,并会见了首相,对如何提升华社的权益和发展的机会,取得了很好的共识。我们拟定了策略,让华社参与国家愿景的发展主流,进而催生了今天的两党集会。媒体的朋友们可能很想知道,我们五次会面,到底谈了多少东西?我可以用一句话来概括,我们尽心尽力为华社寻找新的出路,要为同胞们创造更美好的明天。

8. 这一次“马华民政团结势更强”的集会,要向所有人宣告:马华、民政在国家发展的大前提下能够充分的精诚合作。“团结就是力量”,我们必须结合所有能团结的力量,因为我们和华社是命运共同体,团结势更强将发挥力量,为族群和国家争取更大的发展优势。这不但是马华民政的愿景,也是全国人民的愿景。

9. 正如首相在三天前的国阵会议所说,我们已经拥有国家愿景,而国家转型计划也正在发挥效应,带动经济的成长。我们要证明团结一致可以落实更多的计划、守护更多的权益,同时服务人民,建设国家。接下来,马华和民政将展开国家愿景全国巡回展,把这些成果全面传达到基层,清楚地告诉人民。

一个团队 相互支援

各位马华、民政同志,

10. 一些媒体朋友对今天的集会作出预测,马华和民政是否会合并?答案是很清楚,马华和民政不会合并,但是我们会在国阵的精神底下,以一个团队的姿态出现,向各自党员传达一个重要的讯息,我们从上而下,由下而上,展开密切的合作。

11. 我们将深化跨政府部门的沟通,提升成员党同僚的配合,善用政府的体制来服务人民,譬如马华和民政将在未来的三年里,联手落实建设10间全新的华小和搬迁6所华小的工作,确保华文教育继续发扬光大。

12. 此外,马华和民政的合作不只是中央领袖的合作,它是全党上下的合作,特别是基层的密切合作。我们从505大选中总结了经验,今天是时候发挥团结势更强的精神,在来届大选中相互支援,尽力发挥巨大的协作功能(synergy effect)。在民政选区,马华将给予全力的支持和协助;同样的,在马华选区,民政党的同志们也将给予马华全力的支持与帮助。

扩大合作空间 推动建设交流

13. 回顾过去,马华和民政在一些课题上有良好的互动,包括一起捍卫宪法精神,发挥国阵的共识以阻止355法案的修改。我要特别感谢拿督斯里马袖强协助马华所推动的“十大经济方略”,尤其是家具工业领域。马华也愿意配合民政,在其他利民计划提供协助。我们可以开展更多的利民计划,例如申请公民权的工作,两党可以设立一个联络机制加以落实。

14. 此外,我们还有很多合作的空间,譬如推动“一带一路”建设、智库交流、资源共享和互派访问团交流。在新媒体全面普及化的今天,马华和民政必须联手深耕新媒体战略,在这一点上我们可进行策略合作,以扩大战线,和反对党周旋到底,一定要让正能量全面抬头!

国家经济处于正确的轨道

各位马华、民政同志,

15. 面对来届大选,国阵已经紧锣密鼓进行准备,而国阵的成绩单,将是我们主打的焦点之一。在首相拿督斯里纳吉领导下,我国的经济正处于正确的轨道上,稳健前进。今年我国的国内生产总值成长率,超越市场预期,取得第一季5.6%,第二季5.8%和第三季6.2%的增长。国际货币基金组织和世界银行多次调整全年预测,最新的是介于5.5%至6%之间。

16. 我们的财政赤字按年减少,外汇储备金稳健增加,马币趋稳,国内多个大型建设项目正如火如荼地进行,前景备受看好。此外,政府大力发展基建,轻快铁、捷运、双轨火车、东海岸铁路,还有高铁将会加速国家前进。因此,我们不是反对党所形容的破产国、失败国,反之人民享有安居乐业。最重要的是,政治的稳定为我国提供了经济的巨大潜能。

17. 未来的十年是黄金十年,是关键的十年,政府已经建立好基础,整个国家的发展正处于正确的轨道上,现在是加速推进的好时刻。我们必须把这些良好的发展带给华社,给予华社信心。

给力马华 给力民政

18. 来届的大选是关键的一役,它将决定国家未来的方向。众所周知,近年来宗教和种族极端主义在国内崛起,因此,我们必须团结起来,对抗极端主义,把国家拉回正轨,让中庸的力量,保护国家的多元体制。

19. 因此,华裔的选票举足轻重。华社必须在政府的主流内,成为守护宪法、贯彻中庸和维护多元体制的中流砥柱,确保这股力量,继续维持我国人民的团结和国家的稳定,为国家带来繁荣与进步。马华和民政责无旁贷,一定要带头配合华社,力挽狂澜,开创新格局。

20. 马华发出诚恳的呼吁,希望华裔同胞给力马华,给力民政,让我们秉持建国的初衷,珍惜团结,为人民的美好未来,真诚的团结起来。

21. 同志们,团结势更强,马华、民政站起来!

同志齐心,其利断金!
战战战!战战战!战战战!

22. 谢谢。

[Translation]

GERAKAN National President YB. Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong,

 

Fellow comrades and representatives from the Central Committees of MCA and GERAKAN,

 

Good morning my fellow comrades!

 

Historical Assembly, We are Stronger Together

 

  • First of all, I would like to warmly welcome our fellow comrades from GERAKAN to attend this MCA-GERAKAN Stronger Together Assembly. I would also like to thank all MCA comrades for their enthusiasm in attending. Today’s Assembly is a historical one. It is grandest and holds meaningful significance as it is the first ever joint Assembly by MCA and GERAKAN since Barisan Nasional was established in 1974. The plan of a year lies in Spring and we have just ushered in 2018. I would like to wish everyone Happy New Year, and all the best in every endeavour, contend earnestly in good faith!

 

  • I feel very encouraged that MCA and GERAKAN are demonstrating such determination to rally in solidarity this time. Under the leadership of GERAKAN national President Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, strong fighting spirits are being shown, and MCA comrades will do our utmost to rally with GERAKAN in solidarity. MCA, GERAKAN, Stronger Together!

 

Common Vision Common Philosophy

 

Honoured Guests, MCA and GERAKAN comrades,

 

  • Everyone present today are party leaders at all levels from both political parties. We are brothers and sisters, and one family does not speak two words. In the past, under the same roof, there were inevitable disputes between both parties. However, MCA and GERAKAN have a long experience of working together. We started our political struggle under Barisan Nasional. This is the most precious experience, and also an important foundation for us to strengthen our solidarity.

 

  • During the 13th General Election five years ago, both MCA and GERAKAN suffered severe losses. Although Barisan Nasional continues to govern the country, unfortunately MCA and GERAKAN lost the support of Chinese voters and opted not to enter the Cabinet, plunging into a deep downturn. But later on, MCA decided to enter the Cabinet, while Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong was appointed as a Cabinet Minister after winning the Teluk Intan by-election. Only then, did the voice of Chinese community return to the government administration.

 

  • ‘‘The past is where you learn the lesson’’: We must remember these wise words. We must brace up and work together to face the upcoming General Election.

 

  • MCA and GERAKAN are senior partners in the Barisan Nasional coalition. We have the same vision – which is to realise the goal of achieving developed nation status under TN50. We also have many things in common, including consensus, political goals, the spirit of moderation and to realise diversity in our political system. We advocate positive energy, having people’s interests at heart, with the ultimate goal of safeguarding national unity, upholding social stability and the general welfare of the rakyat.

 

United we strive, nation building is our drive

 

  • In the past two months, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong and I have held at least 5 meeetings together. We have met up with the Prime Minister where an understanding pertaining improving the Chinese community’s rights and development opportunities was reached. We have formulated strategies to enhance the Chinese community’s participation in the mainstream of the national vision for development, hence the 2-party gathering today. Our media friends might be interested to know: In the five meetings, what have we discussed about? Simply speaking, we were searching for a new way out for the Chinese community. We want to create a better tomorrow for our people.

 

  • The MCA-GERAKAN Stronger Together Assembly today, is to declare that MCA and GERAKAN can come together solidly in the name of national development. “Unity is strength”: We must consolidate all forces possible. As the Chinese community and we share a common destiny, unity will make us stronger, and this strength will enable us to fight for more advantageous developments for all races and our nation. This is not only MCA’s and GERAKAN’s vision, but shared by all Malaysians as well.

 

  • As mentioned by the Prime Minister in the BN Supreme Council meeting three days ago, we already have our National Vision, and the National Transformation Programme is beginning to yield results in spearheading economic growth. We want to prove that, with unity, we are able to realise more programmes, safeguard more rights, while serving the people and building up the nation simultaneously. After this, MCA and GERAKAN will embark on a nationwide National Vision roadshow, to disseminate information on such achievements to the grassroots, and let the people have a clearer picture.

 

Supporting each other, we are Stronger Together

 

My fellow comrades in MCA and GERAKAN,

 

  • Some media friends might want to view today’s Assembly as a prelude to an MCA-GERAKAN merger. It is obvious that we will not merge. But we will come, under the BN spirit, as one team, and send out an important message to all our respective party members that, top-down and bottom-up, we are working closely together.

 

  • We shall deepen cross-government departmental communications, improve co-ordination among component parties, and make good use of government mechanism to serve the people. For instance, MCA and GERAKAN will in the next three years, jointly see through the construction of 10 all-new SJKCs and the relocation of another 6, to ensure that Chinese education continues to flourish.

 

  • In addition, the MCA-GERAKAN cooperation is not confined to the central leadership alone. It is a holistic cooperation, especially among the grassroots. We learnt from our experience in the 13th general election. Today is about time we unleash the spirit of “Stronger Together”, support each other in the coming general election, and strive for a maximum synergy effect. In GERAKAN’s constituencies, MCA will give our full support and assistance. Likewise, at MCA’s battle fields, our comrades in GERAKAN will do carry out the same.

 

Expand cooperation to promote building exchanges

  • Recalling the past, MCA and Gerakan have held positive interactions on a number of issues, including safeguarding the Federal Constitution and reaching a consensus to not table the proposed amendments to Act 355. A special word of “terima kasih” to Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong for helping to promote the “10 Economic Strategic Directions,” particularly, in the furniture industry. MCA is also willing to cooperate on social matters and provide assistance in other projects. We can also carry out more people-oriented projects such as citizenship applications. Our two political parties can set up a liaison mechanism to implement such projects.

 

  • In addition, we have plenty of room for cooperation such as building up the Belt and Road Initiative, sharing think tanks and resources besides exchanging delegation visits with each other. At a time when the new media is fully popular, MCA and GERAKAN must join hands in deepening our strategies on maximising leverage of the new media. At this point, we can undertake strategic cooperation with the purpose of expanding our frontlines to fight the Opposition till the end.

The national economy is on the right track
Fellow MCA and GERAKAN comrades,

 

  • In facing the upcoming General Election, BN has commenced the necessary preparations. The BN Report Card will be one of our highlights. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, our country’s economy is on the right track and steadily progressing. This year, Malaysia’s GDP growth rate exceeded market expectations and achieved a growth of 5.6% in the first quartre, 5.8% in the second quartre and 6.2% in the third quartre. The IMF and the World Bank have adjusted the full-year forecast on many occasions, the latest being between 5.5% and 6% growth.

 

  • Our deficit has been on a year-to-year decrease, foreign exchange reserves are steadily increasing while the Malaysian Ringgit is stable. A number of large-scale construction projects in the country are in full swing with promising prospects. In addition, the federal government is vigorously developing infrastructure, while the LRT, MRT, Electric Train Service, double tracking project, the East Coast Railway Link, and high-speed railway will speed up the country’s progress. Therefore, we are not living in a bankrupt country or a failed state as erroneously alleged by the Opposition. On the contrary, we live and work in peace. Most importantly, political stability has provided our country with enormous economic potential.

 

  • The coming decade is a golden decade. The next 10 years is also crucial. The government has established a good foundation and the development of the entire country is on the right track. Now is a good time to accelerate. We must bring these positive developments to the Chinese community and restore confidence among the Malaysian Chinese.

 

For MCA, For GERAKAN

  • The upcoming General election is a crucial battle and will determine the future direction of the country. As we all know, religious and racial extremism have arisen in the country in recent years. Therefore, we must unite against extremism, and bring the country back on track, to practise moderation and to protect the nation’s diversity.

 

  • Therefore, the Chinese votes are important. The Chinese community must, within the mainstream of the government, become the mainstay of protecting the Federal Constitution, upholding the principle of moderation and safeguarding our diversity, and ensuring that this system will continue to maintain the unity of our people and the stability of the country, and bring prosperity and progress to the nation. MCA and GERAKAN are duty-bound to lead the Chinese community to turn the tides and create a new breakthrough.

 

  • Therefore, MCA sincerely appeals to the Chinese community and express our hopes that they will give MCA and GERAKAN a chance to enable us to uphold our nation’s founding principles, to cherish national unity and to work together with us to build a better future.

Comrades of MCA and GERAKAN, we will stand Stronger Together!

Comrades, let us achieve victory together!

Fight! Fight! Fight!

Thank you.

 

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