Hishammuddin - Please grow up and stop treating the general election as a game with no regard to facts and truth

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya,  Wednesday): The Barisan Nasional caretaker government thrives on rumours and self-concocted tales.

The Acting UMNO Youth leader, Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein would shout that Commonwealth and other foreign diplomatic missions in the country are giving financial support to the Opposition, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would dutifully express his regret over such foreign interference in domestic affairs  without checking whether there is any truth  in the allegation.

Let me state clearly that the DAP had not received any financial support from any Commonwealth or foreign diplomatic mission, whether for the general election or before, and Hishammuddin is just talking rubbish!
All the proof that Hishammuddin has for his serious allegation is that senior officials from the  High Commissions of Commonwealth countries like  Britain,  Australia and Canada and the Embassy of the United States of America were
seen meeting opposition  politicians and listening to their political speeches as well as attending opposition news conferences.

These senior officials also meet politicians from the Barisan Nasional and listen to their political speeches as well as attending Barisan Nasional news conferences.

Is Hishammuddin seriously suggesting that it is all right for officials of foreign embassies to  meet Barisan Nasional politicians and to be present at their functions but wrong, improper and gross interference with domestic affairs if they meet Barisan Alternative politicians and be present at their functions?

If Hishammuddin is serious in not wanting any foreign interference in our  domestic political affairs, why didnít he protest when the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad went to the  American  Council of Foreign Relations in New York at the end of September to appeal for the help and support  of foreign powers on behalf of Barisan Nasional  as against the Barisan Alternative?

Why didnít Hishammuddin protest at the holding of the general election at a time when the Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji is scheduled to visit Malaysia, as it could be controversially interpreted as foreign interference in the domestic affairs of Malaysia?

What type of a mindset and mentality does  Hishamuddin want to exhibit to  Malaysians  - a narrow, devious and obscurantist personality or a millennium leader with an open and liberal outlook who could "break the shackles of the past"?

Let me advise Hishammuddin to please grow up and to stop treating  the general election as a game without regard to facts and truth.


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