SHAH ALAM: The government will ensure that no one is left out in its efforts to implement more needs-based policies in the future, although several race-based policies are still in place, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic).
He said the onus was on the government to assist those in need regardless of colour or creed.
Lim also said that certain race-based polices by the previous government would continue for the time being.
He cited the quota for the matriculation programme intake an example of such policies.
“We need to implement need-based policies to help the disadvantaged.
“At present, these (race-based policies) are continued, but we will ensure nobody loses out.
“We must do something better than the previous government.
“If not better, at least it won’t be worse,” he told a press conference after delivering his policy speech at the 2019 DAP national congress here yesterday.
Lim said the government’s focus was on eradicating poverty among the people regardless of race.
He said the government also acknowledged that the overwhelming majority that needed help were those from the Malay community.
He, however, said there were also Chinese, Indians and other races who were poor and needed help as well.
On party matters, Lim, who is DAP secretary-general, reminded DAP leaders not to treat the power that they have as their right.
“It is a responsibility and mandate to serve the people well,” he said, adding that he, as the secretary-general, would not hesitate to take action against any leader who committed wrongdoing.
Lim also acknowledged the role of the late PAS spiritual leader, Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat, had played in keeping the then Pakatan Rakyat together.
He said Nik Aziz consistently protected Pakatan against conservative forces within his own party as well as racists and extremists outside it.
Lim also said DAP wants to be a partner in power in Pakatan as opposed to being a partner for the sake of power or for money or self-gratification.
“DAP has been very clear that we would only be in power through coalition-building as well as being a responsible coalition partner.
“No party can rule alone in Malaysia,’’ added Lim.
In his speech, DAP national chairman Tan Kok Wai said the ruling coalition would not be sidetracked from its promises made to the people regardless of the challenges it was facing.
Tan admitted that election campaign promises were easily made but sometimes difficult to implement, more so during the country’s current financial situation.
Also present at the congress were PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu as well as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was not able to attend the congress due to another engagement in Ipoh.
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