DAP calls for convening of special meeting of Dewan Rakyat for an all-party motion  condemning US-Britain bombing of Iraq

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang  

(Petaling Jaya, Friday): DAP calls for the convening of a special meeting of the Dewan Rakyat for an all-party motion condemning United States-Britain  bombing of Iraq as a violation of the United Nations Charter,  demand an immediate halt to the air strikes and that the US-UK forces should  submit themselves to the will and decision of the United Nations Security Council.

Although the Dewan Negara before it adjourned yesterday passed a resolution deploring the bombing of Iraq by the United States and Britain,  the Dewan Negara  does not have any impact as it  does not represent   anything or anybody to enable it to speak with authority or  national mandate.

It is very significant that very few nations have voiced support for the US-Britain joint bombing of Iraq, which has been described by the former US Attorney-General Ramsey Clark as a "wanton act of mass murder" which the Clinton Administration had no right to carry out.

What makes the US-Britain bombings of Iraq completely unacceptable is the indisputable fact that it is clearly designed to serve  the personal political agenda of President Clinton to avert an impeachment vote in the U.S. House of Representatives this weekend itself.

Apart from the other three permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, China, Russia and France, even the Vatican has  condemned the U.S.-led air strikes against Iraq as ``aggression''  and called for the restoration  of the international order.

By convening a special meeting of the Dewan Rakyat, the Malaysian Parliament will be lending its voice to the weight of international opinion demanding that both the United States and Iraq should comply with the will of the international community.


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong