ALOR SETAR: Former finance minister Daim Zainuddin today urged Malaysians to choose Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the 14th general election (GE14) on May 9.
In an open endorsement of Dr Mahathir Mohamad and candidates from the four PH component parties —PKR, DAP, Amanah and PPBM — Daim said this was to ensure a better future for the next generation.
He was confident the former prime minister would be able to resolve the country’s debt issues and enable Malaysians to live comfortably.
“Come May 9, vote in PH,” he said, pointing at Pendang parliamentary candidate Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Sungai Tiang state seat candidate Abdul Razak Khamis and Tokai state seat candidate Mohd Firdaus Jaafar.
“On polling day, vote for the blue eye. Look for the blue eye, so we can open our eyes to see what is right and wrong.
“Not the ‘dacing’. The ‘dacing’ will cheat.
“Go out early and vote.
“Don’t make the wrong choice. You choose wrongly, you will suffer for the rest of your life,” he said at a gathering with PH supporters in Pendang near here today.
Daim served as finance minister under Mahathir between 1984 and 1991, and for the second time between 1999 and 2001.
The former Merbok MP said Mahathir had often been blamed by Barisan Nasional (BN) for the state of the Malays, who still lack in terms of job opportunities and income.
“BN says it is Mahathir’s fault, but he has retired for 15 years. He was PM for 22 years.
“He retired, but why is he coming back? He is almost 93. Why does he need to come back?
“Unless there is something wrong, it does not make sense for someone who achieved so much success to come back.
“He is willing to sacrifice, for our future and our country’s future,” he said.
Daim pointed out that the goods and services tax (GST) had become a burden to the people, causing prices of goods to go up.
“Previously, there was no GST. We have been independent for many years without GST. But a few years ago it was introduced.
“All sorts of things get taxed. Even when you die, you get taxed.
“GST stands for ‘government suka tipu’ (the government likes to cheat). Do you want to support a cruel government? Of course not.”
When asked later why he was coming out to openly endorse PH, and if he was afraid of disciplinary action by Umno, Daim said this did not matter because Umno is illegal.
“I cannot be a member of an illegal society. I am endorsing justice. Justice for the people,” he said.
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