Call on the IGP to advise Mahathir to stop his harping on May 13, riots and trouble which is unhelpful in promoting conditions for a fair, free and clean election campaign


Media  Statement 
by Lim Kit Siang
 

(Petaling Jaya,  Friday):  The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is daily talking about riots and trouble in the general election campaign. Is he deliberately trying to create a May 13 scare as  one of the four Barisan Nasional "trump cards" to confuse, mislead and frighten voters into voting for the Barisan Nasional on Nov. 29, 1999?

In daily talking about riots and trouble in the general election campaign, Malaysians must begin to ask whether Mahathirís real agenda is to deliberately  create an atmosphere of fear in the country which would be most   irresponsible to say the least, and most unbecoming for a Prime Minister.

This is the first time in Mahathirís four general elections since 1982 where the generation of an atmosphere of fear and dark warnings about May 13, riots and trouble seem such an central and persistent plank of Barisan Nasional election propaganda.

I had more than once proposed an all-party meeting of  leaders of all political parties contesting in the general election to make a public commitment to ensure that the tenth general election would be trouble-free.

DAP has  pledged that DAP leaders  would ensure that DAP members and  supporters would maintain the  highest discipline so that there would be no untoward incidents in the snap eight-day election campaign.

However, instead of  making such a public commitment that Barisan Nasional leaders and supporters would not create any untoward incidents in the election campaign, and getting an all-party pledge with the same objective, Mahathir is more interested in generating an atmosphere of fear and insecurity by daily harping on the subject of riots and trouble in the election campaign.
I call on  Mahathir to immediately stop  his harping on   May 13, riots and trouble which can only generate an atmosphere of fear and insecurity as this  will not allow a free, fair and clean election to be held.

The Election Commission should have convened an all-party meeting to draw up a code of ethical election conduct, one of which is to commit all political parties and leaders to a trouble-free campaign and to refrain from talking about May 13, riots and trouble which can only engender at atmosphere of fear and insecurity  in the country.

The Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Norian Mai should ask for an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister to advise him to stop harping on May 13, riots and trouble as unhelpful in promoting conditions for a trouble-free general election campaign.

(19/11/99)


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