Attorney-General should investigate whether MCA Central Committee member, Dr. Chua Soi Lek had committed sedition in his inflammatory speech that UMNO electoral setback would mean destruction of Malay power


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
 

(Petaling Jaya,  Tuesday): The reactions of the top Barisan Nasional leadership, whether the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad  Badawi, the MCA  President, Datuk Seri Dr. Ling Liong Sik, MIC President, Datuk Seri Samy Vellu, Penang Chief Minister, Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon, the Acting UMNO Youth chief, Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein to the Kelantan Mentri Besar, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat on the question of a non-Muslim as Prime Minister do not do  them credit as  model  Malaysians for the Vision 2020 objective of a Bangsa Malaysia.

While Article 43 of the Malaysian Constitution is very clear that any Malaysian, regardless of race or religion, can become the Prime Minister, Malaysian Chinese accept the political and demographic realities of a Malay being Prime Minister in the foreseeable future.

This is why the DAP had never suggested that it should provide a candidate to be Prime Minister or raised the issue of a non-Malay becoming Prime Minister,  and Dr. Koh Tsu Koon is debasing political debate and insulting the intelligence of Malaysians when in his reaction, he alleged that the Opposition parties are obsessed with acquiring the Prime Ministerís post and that the Opposition would probably have a first, second and third prime ministers.

This incident should make Malaysians more vigilant of attempts by certain quarters to arouse racial feelings, suspicions and disaffection so as to perpetuate the  colonial tactics of "divide and rule" of the Malaysian people by compartmentalising them into water-tight  communal stereotypes.

I am particularly shocked by the communal reactions of Hishammuddin and veteran UMNO leader, Datuk Rais Yatim.

This is Utusan Malaysiaís report yesterday of Raisís reaction:
 

What I find unbelievable is that after Nik Azizís statement, a national MCA leader, Dr. Chua Soi Lek, could seek to inflame Malay communal suspicions and  fears by  the racist warning that "kuasa Melayu akan terhapus jika UMNO tidak diberi mandat secukupnya oleh orang Melayu dalam setiap pilihan raya umum".

Chua said in a speech to Malays in Batu Pahat:
 

Can Liong Sik explain whether Chuaís  racist statement represents the official policy position of the MCA - and if so to state how "Malay power" would be destroyed if Barisan Nasional is denied parliamentary two-thirds majority in the next general election - or even if  Barisan Nasional is toppled by Barisan Alternative, which I do not personally envisage as a realistic possibility in the next election?

Is the MCA suggesting that with UMNO suffering electoral set-backs, Malay power would be replaced by Chinese power or Indian power - and if so, how could this come about when the overwhelming majority of the parliamentary seats in the country are dominant Malay constituencies!

This is the type of irresponsible  and seditious racial politicking to stoke up communal suspicions, fears and tensions that Malaysia can do without after four decades of nation-building and in our tenth general election in the nationís history.

I call on Liong Sik to repudiate  Dr. Chua Soi Lekís racist and seditious  politicking that electoral setbacks for UMNO would mean  the destruction of Malay power in Malaysia and to nip in the bud such irresponsible attempt to arouse communal suspicions, fears and tensions in the country.
It is such  irresponsible, racial and seditious  politicking which would make the next general election the "dirtiest" in the naitonís history.

The Attorney-General, Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah should initiate investigations as to whether Dr. Chua had committed the offence of sedition in making such an inflammatory and seditious  speech.

(9/11/99)


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