#GE13* Zaid says Malays will vote Pakatan

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PETALING JAYA (April 25): Datuk Zaid Ibrahim believes Malays would vote Pakatan Rakyat because of the community's sense of identity, contrary to an analysis stating the same reason for voting Umno.

The former Umno minister said that because Malays want to be at the forefront of the political platform and want Islamic values to guide the country's administration, the community would have no choice but to vote Pakatan.

"You can't get rid of corruption by retaining the Barisan Nasional. We did not hear any promises by (BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak) as to how he would overcome corruption," he wrote in his blog.

Zaid added that many BN leaders were involved in corruption cases which were not investigated by both the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The lawyer turned politician said this in countering an article that said Malays would stick with Umno to remain dominant and that it would also be difficult for Pakatan to break through their strongholds.  

The Malays, according to Zaid, would not succeed as administrators, businessmen or entrepreneurs as the system was enveloped in corruption.

The community, he said, have lost a lot of land, citing various complaints that land was taken by the government and sold to top businessmen, while the Malay reserve land was also decreasing.

Zaid also noted that 40% of Malaysians were trapped in large "household debts" due to the increased cost of living, while their income remained stagnant.

"In these circumstances, I wonder how the Malays can continue to shout about Malay dominance and about having a strong sense of identity as Umno wants them to do so," he said, stressing that such cries were meaningless.

Zaid added that there was no point about talking Malay dominance when the community at large was poor and in debt.

People, he said, must realise that this election was a chance to change and urged voters to forget the treats offered by Najib.

"Focus instead on real issues, namely that concerning the poor people who do not have land, large-scale corruption and low income versus the high cost of living," he said.

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