(Subang, Saturday): Last night, at the first P.Patto Memorial Forum in Ipoh on "Justice, Freedom, Democracy and Good Governance", DAP announced a nation-wide campaign to protect the rights and interests of the nine million Employees’ Provident Fund contributors, in particular their RM160 billion funds and the monthly increase of RM1.2 billion EPF contributions, to ensure that they are invested in the best interests of the EPF contributors and that no a single sen would be siphoned whether for dubious mega-projects or to bail-out troubled companies of the politically well-connected.
This morning, DAP also announced a nation-wide series of forums on "National Economic Recovery Plan - One Year Of Worst Economic Crisis" which will be our contribution to try to bring about an economic turnaround and recovery in the shortest time possible with the mininum of avoidable hardships, sufferings and injustice. DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Kepong, Dr. Tan Seng Giaw, will be responsible for this series of forums.
Just now, we just came from the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall where we had to call off for lack of a police permit a forum in support, sympathy and solidarity with the Indonesian women and children who were victims of brutalities and atrocities, especially organised mass gang rapes during the Indonesian riots in May. We regard this as an important issue, not because the majority of the victims are Indonesian Chinese, but because they are human beings entitled to the most fundamental respect of their human rights and dignity, for the same reason the DAP fully supported the Malaysian government in the condemnation of the ethnic cleansing and genocide of Bosnians by Serbs - not because they are Muslisms but because they are human beings. For this reason, the DAP is committed to a national campaign to express outrage of all human beings whether in Malaysia or outside at the mass gang rapes in Indonesia and to demand that the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity be brought to justice.
Apart from these three great issues which the DAP is intimately involved, there are three others, including
DAP is determined that we will not only allow any internal or external factors to thwart the people and country from missing the historic possibility of denying the Barisan Nasional its two-thirds Parliamentary majority and I call on all like-minded Malaysians to step forward to give their full support to the six great causes now being undertaken by the DAP.