My wife Anne and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all citizens, especially our Hindu brothers and sisters A HAPPY and BLESSED DEEPAVALI.
May this festival of light bring us good health, peace and happiness
Whilst we celebrate this joyous occasion, let us also remember our continuing struggles in Malaysia to bring about a true democracy with justice and fairness for all. The recent “cow head” incident in Shah Alam as well as the Bagan Pinang by-election results remind us that there are still more obstacles to overcome.
It is critical for the future of Malaysia and our children and their grandchildren that the agenda for reform in Malaysia must persevere. A two party system must prevail with a genuine democracy and real freedom for its citizens. The ruling coalition’s race-based “divide and rule” politics must one day be cast into the dustbin of history and be replaced with a pluralist, multiracial politics grounded in genuine respect for one another.
The wealth of this nation must be fairly used for the benefit of all our citizens and not, like now, usurped by a corrupt elite. It is truly ironic that in a country with much resources and a limited population, we display the worst distribution of wealth in SE Asia and rank amongst the worst in Asia.
The new political vision we bring will ensure good clean and transparent governance and ensure that economic prosperity is open to all. At the same time, we will be vigilant to ensure distributive justice - that the needs of the poor and the marginalized will be met regardless of their race or religion and that no citizen will be denied access to decent healthcare, education and housing.
During the Deepavali celebration, let us take comfort in its meaning for Hindus. Deepavali, the festival of Light, is a celebration of the ultimate triumph of Good over Evil. As long as we stay committed to truth and justice, our struggle will prevail.
Therefore, with determination and perseverance, we can together bring change to Malaysia; to make a better Malaysia for All, Justice For All.
Once again, A HAPPY DEEPAVALI!
Ahli Parlimen Subang (P107)
Naib President, Parti KeADILan Rakyat