DAP welcomes the visit of Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji to Malaysia but urges Mahathir to be scrupulously correct as not to compromise national honour or embarrass a foreign dignitary in the midst of election campaign


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
 

(Petaling Jaya,  Sunday):  DAP welcomes the visit of Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji to Malaysia but urges the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to be scrupulously correct as not to compromise national honour or embarrass a foreign dignitary in the midst of an election campaign.

Nobody would really believe the denials of the Barisan Nasional leaders that they are averse to playing the "China card" to woo Chinese voters in the Nov. 29 general election.

It would have been most correct, to avoid all suspicion of trying to play the  Chinese card, for the caretaker government to have invited  and involve all opposition leaders in the programmes of the Chinese premierís visit. Unfortunately, this has not been the case.

However, as Mahathir and other Barisan Nasional leaders have claimed that they are not trying to exploit Zhu Rongjiís visit for electoral gain for the Barisan Nasional, we would temporarily take them at their word and hope that Barisan Nasional leaders would be scrupulously correct in not giving anyone the impression that they are trying to milk electoral mileage  from the Chinese premierís visit.

It has been speculated that during Zhuís visit, agreement would be reached for the Bank of China to establish its office in Malaysia.  DAP would welcome such an agreement - but to prevent being accused of playing the Chinese card, compromising Malaysiaís national honour and dignity or to embarrass the Chinese Premier, the announcement of any agreement on the re-establishment of  the Bank of China  in Malaysia should be deferred until after polling day on Nov. 29, 1999.

(21/11/99)


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP Secretary-General, Parliamentary Candidate for Bukit Bendera and State Assembly candidate for Kebun Bunga