As  Mahathir and Koh Tsu Koon are confident of achieving more than two-thirds majority, letís have a clean and fair campaign for the next 36 hours before polling


Media Conference Statement (2)
by Lim Kit Siang
 

(Penang,  Saturday): The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said in Trengganu yesterday that he was confident that the Barisan Nasional would win more than two-thirds parliamentary majority on Nov. 29.

This is also the view of the former Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Musa Hitam in an interview with Sin Chew Jit Poh today.

Penang Chief Minister, Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon is also confident of achieving more than two-thirds majority in the Penang State Assembly.

He told the Sun today that the Barisan Nasional is confident of winning 22 state out of 33 seats, while six other seats are still 50-50.  He said  Barisan Nasional still has a "fighting chance" in the remaining  five "hot seats".

As Mahathir and Tsu  Koon are confident of winning more than two-thirds majority on Monday, then letís have a clean and fair election campaign for the next 36 hours before polling, as the campaign in the past six days had been dirty enough to make the tenth general election the dirtiest in the nationís history.

Secondly, let all political leaders make a public commitment to gentlemanly accept the verdict of the people on Mondayís poll, to put to rest all the talk about trouble on polling day.

I now make a public commitment that I would accept whatever the outcome of the polling on Monday, even if I am defeated in Kebun Bunga state assembly seat and Bukit Bendera parliamentary seat.  DAP will calmly and coolly accept the verdict of the people if our worst-case scenario eventuates, i.e. suffering the worst electoral defeat in the DAP history as a result of the success of the Barisan Nasionalís four "trump cards", particularly on Islamic state and May 13, to confuse, mislead and scare voters from freely and fairly exercising their right to vote.

I call on Mahathir and Tsu Koon to similarly make a public commitment to accept whatever outcome of the polls on Monday.

As Tsu Koon is confident of winning 22 out of 33 seats, and another six by polling day, his Chief Ministership is safe and he should be able  revert to his previous self instead of acting so uncharacteristically since Nomination Day making personal attacks and abuses against me - even calling me a "bumbling old fool"!

I do not think the Gerakan President Datuk Seri Dr. Lim Keng Yaik is the best model for him to emulate.

I forgive Tsu Koon  all the abuses and epithets he had used against me in the past week as I understand the intense pressures he was under, although this could never be an excuse for his  boorish remarks against his political opponents.

Yesterday, Tsu Koon was reported in the press telling some "cock and bull" story about  my contest against him in the 1986 general election, dragging in the name of Lee Lam Thye.  Tsu Koon  should get Lam Thye to publicly substantiate his story if he wants the people to believe that he was not telling some  "tall" tale.

Now that Tsu Koon is confident that the Barisan Nasional would not only win simple majority, but more than two-thirds majority, the pressures on him since Nomination Day should be off his shoulders and there can be no more excuses for him to behave like Keng Yaik in using abuses and epithets as a substitute for intelligent  communication.

 (27/11/99)


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