26 May, 2009

Pakatan Rakyat, One Malaysia and Kedah Housing Policy

I refer to the recent continuous criticism by Pakatan Rakyat leaders against the One Malaysia Slogan by our Prime Minister, Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak and other federal government policy.

Since the last general election in March, 2008, not many Malaysian are aware that the Pakatan Rakyat led Kedah government had created an extreme housing policy in Kedah, which increased the bumiputra quota in housing development (for swap Malay Reserve land) from 30% to 50% in Kedah.

It is ironic that Pakatan Rakyat leaders are criticizing the “One Malaysia Concept” and “the People First and Performance Now”, when in actual fact, Pakatan Rakyat are not doing anything to review the implementation of the increase of bumiputra quota in housing development in Kedah.

I am surprise that DAP leaders such as YB Lim Kit Siang and PKR de facto leader, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim had not assisted Kedahan to abolish the increase of the housing Bumiputra Quota in Kedah. Pakatan Rakyat is in control of Kedah and there is no reason why Pakatan Rakyat cannot immediately abolish the increase of the housing Bumiputra Quota in Kedah. Otherwise, Pakatan Rakyat would be seen as practicing “Double Standard” when proposing and implementing policy in different states.

Instead, other states led by Barisan Nasional such as Negeri Sembilan and Perak, had recently indicated their willingness to review the current bumiputra quota housing policy in their respective state in view of the current economy slowdown. See http://www.nst.com.my/Saturday/National/2564162/Article/index_html

I believe that the increase of the housing Bumiputra Quota in Kedah is destructive to the development of Kedah. There is no benefit to the state for the implementation of such policy, which the Kedah state government had failed to explain.