The Choice - Because every Malaysian has to choose

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Is Membrane Technology Viable?

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Instead of supporting the federal government’s efforts at getting the Langat 2 water treatment plant off the ground as quickly as possible, Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahimis adamant that an obscure membrane technology will somehow solve the water crisis in his state.

THE GOVERNMENT'S TAKE

Membrane technology improves water quality but it does not increase water supply. Apart from that, the technology is costly to implement: at about RM95 million per treatment plant, it would cost RM3 billion if used on all 34 plants, making it simply too expensive. Not the solution.

THE OPPOSITION'S TAKE

Khalid claimed that membrane technology would be viable and cheaper than a proper water treatment plant, with the total cost being RM500 million to RM750 million. However, he failed to name the Canadian company, so no one can independently verify his claim.

OUR TAKE

The only solution is to have a larger water supply, i.e. a water treatment plant to provide the larger quantity of water needed. With water demand growing at 3.5 per cent a year, Langat 2 is the only viable solution for Selangor. The federal government is trying to implement this, but the Selangor government keeps trying to stall the process to score political brownie points.

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Pakatan's Confusion over RAPID

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Anwar has come out and declared that Pakatan will not scrap Petronas' RM60 billion petrochemical refinery in Pengerang should it come to power. This, after Johor's PKR chief Chua pledged that PR would stop the project.

THE GOVERNMENT'S TAKE

It's another example of Pakatan's lack of cohesion, showing that their leaders politicise first and think later. The mega project will turn Pengerang into a boomtown for global petroleum investors, creating over 40,000 job opportunities. The Government has offered residents a compensation deal fortheir land as well as the option of subsidised alternative housing nearby.

THE OPPOSITION'S TAKE

We're in the process of clarifying our position. Pakatan will not scrap RAPID but only put the project on hold, pending the resettlement of affected villages in Johor. We feel RAPID has been rushed without due consultation and taking the livelihood of the villagers into consideration. We are against demolishing these traditional villages.

OUR TAKE

Pakatan's contradictory statements speak for themselves. Chua said two weeks ago: "This is Anwar's message to you: when PR wins the Malaysian government… he will stop this RAPID project." Now Anwar says: "There is consensus among us in Pakatan… no confusion.  We do not mean to say we do not support the refinery project."

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The State of Our Economy

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The international markets like what they see, the stream of good news is constant but the Opposition is on the attack. So what's the reality?

THE GOVERNMENT'S TAKE

Malaysia is in a very strong position. 5.4 per cent growth this summer surprised even the top financiers, proving that Prime Minister Najib Razak is successfully steering our economy through turbulent global conditions. Whatever Pakatan says, the rakyat should realise just how lucky we are.

THE OPPOSITION'S TAKE

As usual, the Government is looking at things with rose tinted spectacles. Malaysia has massive debt and won't survive long when our remaining trading partners can no longer afford to do business. The country is falling apart at the seams. But of course we aren't trying to talk down the markets....

OUR TAKE

With consistently strong growth numbers and regular international praise, we have to wonder if the Opposition have any grasp of reality at all. The country is well on track for economic prosperity, despite continuing strife in Europe – all due to the prudence of Najib and hard-working Malaysians. This is something to celebrate.

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Electoral Reform in Time for GE13

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By the time we vote in GE13, a total of 26 electoral reforms will have been implemented, including the use of indelible ink, a cleaned-up electoral roll and access to the media by the major parties.

THE GOVERNMENT'S TAKE

The Government’s commitment to reforming the way we vote pre-dates Bersih 2.0 and is bigger than any protest movement. That’s why Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak ordered the Parliamentary Select Committee to overhaul the entire system and the Election Commission to implement those reforms.

THE OPPOSITION'S TAKE

Despite the fact that international observers have praised the electoral reforms so far introduced, Pakatan Rakyat has not only failed to acknowledge the progress made, but claims GE13 will be the least free and fair election in our history. It has called for yet another protest to be held on November 3rd which has been tellingly disowned by the Bersih movement.

OUR TAKE

Najib deserves praise not just for pushing ahead with this reform process but actually accelerating it in 2011 to ensure it will be complete for GE13. If Pakatan Rakyat loses GE13 they won’t be able to blame the system because the system is now fairer than it has ever been.

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Suaram Under Investigation

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Suaram, a nominally non-partisan NGO, has come under investigation for being almost entirely funded by foreign sources, as well as alleged failure to properly register with the ROS, to allegedly bribing government officials, to allegedly impeding an investigation, among others.

THE GOVERNMENT'S TAKE

We are investigating Suaram for what appear to be straightforward crimes or failures to follow simple regulations. Suaram are entitled to due process. The investigation has nothing to do with Suaram’s baseless allegations of corruption in the purchase of Scorpene submarines.

THE OPPOSITION'S TAKE

Suaram are doing the job the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission should be doing. The investigations against them are purely political, suggesting they are close to the truth –there was corruption in the procurement of the Scorpene submarines when Datuk Seri Najib Razak was Defence Minister. Their failure to register with the ROS and their funding are non-issues.

OUR TAKE

Suaram are Opposition and media figures under a different name – Pakatan politicians, together with the CEO of Malaysiakini. Their commitment to justice is belied by the way they hold RM10,000 dinners to announce developments in the French investigation of the Scorpene purchase. They are not exempt from following the law. Their funding suggests their true agenda.

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