Keng Yaik invited to a joint media conference on 25th November at a place and time of his choice on whether Gerakan really opposes Hadiís private memberís bill on  "Control and Restriction of Propaganda of Non-Muslim Religions (Federal Territory)" or just because it was proposed by a PAS leader


Speech
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DAP general election ceramah
by
Lim Kit Siang 

(Penang,  Monday): The caretaker Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had forewarned that the 10th general election would be the dirtiest in the nationís history, and he is being proved right for the simple reason that the Barisan Nasional had right from the beginning planned it this way.

The disenfranchisement of 680,000 new voters, the snap eight-day general election campaign period and the two-day blitzkrieg of "fear and scare" Barisan Nasional advertisements about riots, violence and anarchy are just the opening shots of the Barisan Nasional campaign to make the 10th general election the dirtiest in the nationís history to ensure that the Barisan Nasional could retain its two-thirds parliamentary majority.

The Barisan Nasional four "trump cards" to  confuse, mislead and stampede voters to support Barisan Nasional in the Nov. 29 election by making them believe that the general election is about an Islamic State, May 13, no economic recovery and development and to save Mahathir from being toppled as Prime Minister are the other main elements of the Barisan Nasionalís masterplan to make the present general election the dirtiest in the nationís history.

Of these four Barisan Nasional "trump cards", the two most potent are the May 13 and Islamic State trump cards.

I will focus of the Barisan Nasionalís Islamic State "trump card" tonight.

Three days  ago, the Gerakan President Datuk Seri Dr. Lim Keng Yaik challenged me to state my stand on the private memberís bill, "Control and Restriction of Propagation  of Non-Muslim Religions (Federal Territories) 1999",  proposed by the PAS Deputy President and the then MP for Marang Abdul Hadi Awang.

I am surprised that Keng Yaik is so misinformed for I had declared publicly that the DAP will vote against Hadiís private memberís bill if it comes up for a vote in Parliament.

In actual fact, the issue at stake is not what is the DAPís stand on any "Control and Restriction of Propagation  of Non-Muslim Religions" legislation, but what is Keng Yaik and Gerakanís stand on such an enactment.

I dare say here tonight that Keng Yaik and Gerakan are not really opposed to any "Control and Restriction of Propagation  of Non-Muslim Religions" legislation, but only to its being proposed by a PAS leader.

If the same legislative proposal had been made by UMNO, Keng Yaik and Gerakan would have no objection whatsoever!
 
This means that Keng Yaik and Gerakan are not really opposed to Hadiís bill to restrict the propagation of non-Muslim religions, but only that such a bill had been  moved by a PAS leader,

Gerakan  will support Hadiís bill to restrict the propagation of non-Muslim religions if it had been  moved by UMNO.

I challenge Keng Yaik to  a joint media conference on 25th November at a place and time of his choice on whether Gerakan really opposed Hadiís private memberís bill on  "Control and Restriction of Propagation  of Non-Muslim Religions (Federal Territory)", or whether it was just because Hadi had moved it and Gerakan would have supported such a legislation if it had been moved by UMNO.

This is the difference between the DAP and Gerakan.  DAP takes a stand on principle, whether on the freedom of religion or a secular democratic state, and we will defend these principles and oppose any proposal or bill which contravenes them, whether they are made by UMNO or PAS.  This is
why DAP had made it very clear that if Hadiís private memberís bill had come up for debate in Parliament, DAP MPs would have  voted against it.  This applies to the last Parliament and also to the new Parliament to be elected on Nov. 29.

The Gerakan under Keng Yaik however does not take any stand on principle but is guided by sheer political opportunism.  It will oppose any measure put forth by PAS and support any measure presented by UMNO.

I challenge Keng Yaik to deny this statement and appear at a joint media conference with me on Nov. 25 at a place and time of his choice.

(22/11/99)


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