SEREMBAN: The country needs a strong opposition to ensure better check and balance in the governance of the country, says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“A strong opposition is needed to monitor the performance of the government, whether it is at federal or state level,” he said at the Ceramah Muafakat Rakyat in Bandar Sri Sendayan here on Wednesday night (April 10).
“I was in Parliament to debate the departure levy.
"I questioned if the levy is only to be imposed on those flying out of the country, why is there no wording such as ‘airport’ or ‘flying’, written in black and white in the bill?” he said.
Dr Wee said the government intended to make the Bill as broad as possible.
“This is an example where the opposition plays an important role to question, to monitor and to check the Pakatan Harapan government,” he said.
The Departure Levy Bill 2019 was passed in the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday (April 10).
Dr Wee said the Pakatan Harapan government had been a disappointment, coming up with all sorts of ridiculous proposals and policies, including changing white school shoes to black and championing flying cars, among other things.
“The government did not fulfil its pledges, and Dr Mahathir said the manifesto was not a bible, so there needs to be a strong opposition to monitor the performance of the government,” he added.
He said this applied to Negri Sembilan, too.
“Voters should send Barisan Nasional candidate Tok Mat (Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan) to the state assembly. He has been the Mentri Besar for 14 years, therefore he can be a strong opposition leader.
"He will be the voice of the rakyat and will ensure that the government fulfills what it has promised,” he said.
Dr Wee said Mohamad had been giving allocations to schools.
“I was impressed when I was in the Chinese school here on nomination day. The school was big. I later found out it cost RM10mil.
"I was later informed that Tok Mat has been assisting and giving allocations to many schools, including Chinese schools and Tamil schools.
"This shows that he is not racist, as some people claimed,” he said.
Earlier, Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin who spoke at the ceramah, revealed that former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had personally invited Mohamad to contest in Rantau.
“Tok Mat came back as he is people-oriented (berjiwa rakyat). He wants to serve the people here to develop his hometown. He was a corporate leader,” he said.
“You all know him when he was Mentri Besar. He is friendly and humble.
"You can see he always goes to event on his own, without a lot of officials surrounding him,” he added.
Khairy said that based on his calculation, there should be good news for Barisan on polling day.
“But you all please don’t expect he will win for sure. Remember to come out and vote for him,” he said.