My congratulatory message to Clark reads:
29th Nov. 1999
New Zealand Labour Party.
Dear Helen Clark,
Heartiest congratulations on your election success and the victory of New Zealand Labour Party on Saturday. You will assume the Prime Ministership of New Zealand at a very crucial period of domestic, regional and international affairs with mankind entering the new millennium in a monthís time.
DAP is today contesting our eve-of-millennium general election, where we also hope to achieve a historic political breakthrough and bring about a paradigm shift in Malaysian politics in the 21st century.
I hope that the success of the New Zealand Labour Party on Saturday will not be the only success for social democracy in the Asia-Pacific, and that there would also be a significant breakthrough in the Malaysian general election today.
We will know in a few hours whether the DAP has succeed in its objective or will again taste the bitterness of defeat, as happened five years ago in the 1995 general election, when you visited Penang during the campaign and we discussed our separate aspirations to bring about greater betterment for our respective countries.
Let me wish you the best success in your administration and it is my hope that it will also open up a new era for the development of social democracy in Asia-Pacific.
With best regards,
Lim Kit Siang
Democratic Action Party