• Farah Salim

No way to surrendering fate of nation in UMNO's corrupt hands, says DAP rep


1 October 2022

By Farah Salim


KUALA LUMPUR: DAP’s Seri Delima Assemblywoman Syerleena Abdul Rashid said UMNO’s decision to hold the 15th General Election this year especially during the monsoon season disregards logic and sound judgement.


“The ‘Top 5' of UMNO held a meeting last night to discuss the dissolution of parliament in order to make way for a rather hasty 15th General Elections. Disregarding logic and sound judgment, UMNO wants to hold GE-15 during the monsoon season


“While a majority of Malaysians have expressed concerns, the 'Top 5' seemingly do not care at all. This further proves their illogical arrogance, and their hunger to hold on to power being the main motivation.


“Doing what is best for the ‘rakyat’ is just mere lip service that lacks any sincerity, said Syerleena who is also DAP Penang Assistant Publicity Secretary cum Wanita National Executive Committee Member in a statement today.


She stressed that in the past few years, Malaysians have seen how severely detrimental climate change can be.


She said supposedly those in federal powers should focus on formulating plans and finding better ways to help mitigate an imminent natural disaster, UMNO has chosen to put their interest and ambitions first.


“To the extent that Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, UMNO Deputy President; gave a noticeably peculiar assurance that there will not be any adverse weather conditions when GE-15 is held.


“This raises several questions but mainly, what qualifications does he have to make such weather predictions and forecasts?


“Are the top five so blinded by self-interest that they have forgotten their oaths to serve the rakyat and put the nation's best interest first?”


Syerleena also also mentioned that by pushing for a monsoon season election, UMNO has undoubtedly chosen to allow a repeat of events witnessed in Taman Sri Muda, Temerloh and Baling- a move which in their minds will suppress voter turn-out and rule in their favour.


She added that any sound-minded Malaysian can sense UMNO's desperation to cling on to power, by way of manipulating facts, spewing half-truths, propagating lies and of course, engineering an election to coincide with a natural disaster.


“In their minds, people can drown, lives lost and properties destroyed, as long as UMNO can grab hold of political power.


“Must the people of Malaysia continue to surrender our fate to the corrupt hands of Umno leaders? Surely we are not mere chickens on the way to the slaughterhouse.


“Four years ago, in an election held on a Wednesday, the nation punished UMNO-BN for their crimes. Apparently, such lessons are now forgotten and UMNO continues to erroneously think that Malaysians can be bullied once again. The arrogance and apathy portrayed will only fuel the fires of reforms Malaysians must unite and chasten those who continue to hold the people's mandate in contempt. Teach them a lesson and may it be more painful than the last,” she said.