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You cannot cheat the people all the time. Ijok was a good example, the whole BN machinery was unleashed, top guns everywhere, threats everywhere, but now each candidate by himself. What can they do.

Chinese and Indian voters are proving to be a cause for concern for the Barisan Nasional (BN) and in an attempt to win them over, the ruling coalition is being extra generous.

Election goodies worth more than RM100 million have been promised for both the communities in the past few weeks.

barisan nasional victory02Malaysiakini calculated the ‘promises’ which appeared in the media from end of December to Feb 14 and the tally stands at a whopping RM125,580,000.

The non-monetary goodies include land leases and the approval to construct and relocate Chinese schools.

Thaipusam is now a public holiday for Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya while the Education Ministry allocated RM20 million for Tamil schools and the Health Ministry recognised the medical degree offered by MIC’s Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST).

major election goodies 180208Although the goodies are lesser than what has been extended to the Chinese community, it is still considered as having ‘gained some face’ for MIC president S Samy Vellu.

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