While Election Commission has reason to be pleased with the trouble-free Nomination Day, what is it doing to stop the Barisan Nasional  campaign of "scare and fear" political advertisements which would the tenth general election the dirtiest in the nationís history


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
 

(Petaling Jaya,  Monday): I commend the Election Commission for a trouble-free Nomination Day and the   Election Commission  has reason to be  satisfied with the way things proceeded smoothly during nomination day at all 193 centres nationwide last Saturday.

I would not quarrel with the comment by the Election Commission chairman Datuk Omar Mohd Hashim  that last Saturday was "the most uneventful nomination day", as the commission received no reports of disturbances in any of the nomination centres.

However, I hope his comment that the incident-free nominations "reflected the maturity of society in carrying out an important task responsibly" would not mean  the Election Commission  would overlook its even greater responsibility to ensure a trouble-free general election up to Polling Day.

In this regard, the Election Commission cannot close its eyes to the irresponsible "fear and scare" political advertisements placed by the Barisan Nasional in the various language newspapers in the past two days, which if not stopped, would create an atmosphere of fear and insecurity to  obstruct the 9.6 million voters  from freely and fairly exercise their voting right.

I call on the Election Commission to seek an urgent meeting with Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as Barisan Nasional Chairman and not as caretaker Prime Minister to ask that the Barisan Nasional should immediately  stop its irresponsible, inflammatory and incendiary political advertisements  and cancel all such "fear and scare" political advertisements so as not to create an atmosphere of fear and insecurity which would make the tenth general election the dirtiest in the nationís history.

(22/11/99)


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