"(sokongan kaum Cina) mencatatkan penurunan, macam tidak ada penghargaan terhadap apa yang kita lakukan"
The comments made by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was not blindly implying that the Chinese community are ungrateful. YAB Tan Sri was providing his analysis on the election results of the by-elections.
Given Malaysia's lack of enforcement, Port Weld's land owned by KTM Berhad was resided by many "squatters".
The multiracial population (mostly Chinese) then grew into a proper town with shops, brick homes and a fishing boat jetty.
KTMB did not force any eviction with the intervention of the Barisan Nasional State Government.
Instead of helping the people in Kuala Sepetang, Nizar & Co showed up in Kuala Sepetang with a political play in mind (see the pic below by Delcapo's blog).
Pakatan Rakyat Perak Government focused on delivering land titles to urban Chinese community in areas like Jelapang, Gopeng and Tambun.
(The anger of the Chinese community was at the peak when the BN Government tookover Perak's Administration for fear of losing the land title grants by Pakatan Rakyat's mass distribution of land to their community)The Pakatan Rakyat Perak Government also delivered grants and waived land taxes of Chinese schools in urban Perak.
During the by-election of Bukit Gantang, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin personally went to that fishing village.
The two who have been accused as elitist were right there at that fishing village to hear the grouses of the Chinese community of Kuala Sepetang.
I personally know that place because I have close relatives there.
The people continue their daily activities without fear of eviction thanks to the ongoing negotiations between the Transport Ministry, Perak Government and KTM Berhad.
Upon hearing the problems especially the land titles, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin together with Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat managed to mediate negotiations between KTM Berhad and Perak State Government to come up with a solution.
KTM Berhad then agreed to swap the land with the Perak State Government and the people will finally receive their land titles.
In the ballot boxes, it seems that Kuala Sepetang's votes for the Opposition were significantly higher than before, even with the efforts by TS Muhyiddin and DS Ong Tee Keat.
Given such a result, TS Muhyiddin was rational in providing his analysis.
If we look at this from a libertarian perspective, the anaylsis seem spot on not only in Kuala Sepetang but also in other urban areas of Malaysia.
Barisan Nasional Government continue to receive criticisms for not reforming, not providing sufficient development and not serving the people well.
Yet, when BN really put in some efforts to solve problems and help the people, the votes still go against them with the same complaints and remarks.
People (especially the Chinese) continue to criticise Barisan Nasional for not performing. In my humble opinion, we are all unappreciative.
MCA President provided an official statement on this. To quote partially,
If we truly uphold the spirit of democracy, we should respect differing views, even if we cannot concur with . The Deputy Prime Minister can voice his views on the results of the Bukit Gantang by-election, and so can I. Only the politically bankrupt would exploit such a scenario involving differing views to demand an apology from me for others' utterances. To individuals like Lim Kit Siang, anything he couldn't concur with should never be given any room at all.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, APOMM stands by you too.
(Credits to TheStar, AllMalaysia, Delcapo, MrSmith2 for the pictures)