A vote for BN is a vote for ‘cronies’, says Pua

By The Malaysian Insider

LABIS, Jan 21 — DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua claimed today that Barisan Nasional (BN) had failed to stop cronyism at the expense of the public.

He said BN’s cronyism had become progressively worse in its half-century rule and the past two decades had seen the ruling coalition enriching a few while increasing the public’s burden

Pua was responding today to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s claim yesterday that BN needs to stay in power so that the people’s interests can come first, ahead of the coalition’s.

He added that “Najib must be finding it more and more difficult to sing the same BN song over the past 50 years.”

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP claimed Najib’s warning that “if incapable people who only knew how to make empty promises were chosen as leaders, the country would collapse”, would come to pass if the voters continued to extend support to the coalition.

The Selangor DAP deputy chairman cited highway toll concessions as the clearest example of how BN guaranteed billions in profits to “companies which are cosy” with it.

He claimed that the North-South Expressway makes more than RM1.5 billion in profits per year but the government still paid an annual compensation of RM800 million to keep toll prices down.

He added that independent power producers, which he said are owned by BN cronies, continue to receive RM6 to 8 billion in subsidies while food and fuel were subject to subsidy cuts.