Prof. Terence Gomez has questioned whether the Hope Coalition’s Shared Prosperity Vision (SPV) 2030 unveiled yesterday by the PM was drafted with all Malaysians in mind — ref. Malaysiakini news story below.
According to the mastermind of SPV 2030 or its name in bahasa Melayu, Wawasan Kemakmuran Bersama (WKB 2030), his 10-year socio-economic policy is “a gift for the current generation and generations to come”.
So, is SPV 2030 – which is an extension of the Mahathir brainchild Vision 2020 – created equally for all Malaysians?
Urm, let’s see. Maybe hopeful, turbo-charged Dapsters can respond to this particular pertinent question posed by Dr Gomez — the concerned economist pictured below.
Is is SPV 2030 really for all?
Well, at the launch of SPV 2030 up there featured on stage are Mahathir, Azmin, Wan Azizah and Muhyiddin.
But where is our F-I-N-A-N-C-E Minister (FM) Lim Guan Eng? His ministry is more relevant to “$hared pro$perity” than is Muhyiddin’s Home, and Wan Azizah’s Women respective ministries. This is no time for the FM to be Missing in Action (MIA).
With the ‘absence’ of Guan Eng (not invited to take the stage, at least), one has to question whether this rebadged SPV 2030 is actually any sort of forward-looking plan suitable also for DAP’s much touted multiracial, multicultural and multi religious Malaysia Baru.
After all, the Father, Son & Holy Mother trinity of the DAP have always preached to their 95% Chinese and Christian flock that New Malaysia is inclusive and not only tolerates but practically celebrates the country’s “plural” society.
And by the way, doesn’t “SPV 2030” seem to you like a Proton Special-Purpose-Vehicle number plate? Harapan’s plethora of acronyms is getting ridiculous.
BELOW: More smoke and mirrors … mine eyes dazzle at the SPV 2030 lights display
Yet at yesterday’s event, those Harapan top leaders standing onstage all belong to one race only. If it had been an Umno function under the auspices of Najib, MCA and MIC would surely have been represented.
And although Guan Eng is Finance Minister, it appears that he’s been sidelined. So much for DAP’s election promise to Dapsters that their party will be able to control Mahathir once in Putrajaya.
Conclusion: Poor DAP is very woefully marginalized when it comes to shaping a policy “vision” for New Malaysia that is “beyond race, religion and region”. The Chinese vote is as worthless as the used toilet paper on which the Harapan manifesto was printed.
BELOW: A carousel of lights – most aptly – spinning above Mahathir’s head … reflecting his cakap putar-belit, going round and round
Umno had 89 MPs in the previous BN government (2013-18) and it was surely reasonable for such a Goliath party to have played a prominent role in the Najib cabinet previously.
Pribumi however won only 12 parliament seats on the night of GE14 last year (9 May 2018) and it’s quite unreasonable for such a puny party to play its current outsized role in the Mahathir cabinet.
DAP, on the other hand, has a strength of 42 MPs backed by the muscle of 95 percent of the Chinese electorate.
BELOW: How about January 1st, 2031?
But what’s now obvious is how DAP and its apparatchiks have shown themselves to be merely the work horse (more like knackered donkey) taken for a ride under Mahathir’s saddle.
Vision 2020 was a plan created in 1991. Come next year, Mahathir will still be PM presiding over the landmark beginning of a new decade. How remarkable.
SPV 2030 is another plan similarly created by Mahathir and come its milestone date, the 105-year-old Mahathir will still be sitting in the PM’s chair.