Mahathir should stop misuse of the  powers and position as Prime Minister to  conduct another nation-wide tour to drum up voter support for Barisan Nasional

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya, Sunday): The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir  Mohamad yesterday announced that Umno would  immediately launch a large-scale  campaign against lies and accusations spread by the opposition.

This will in fact be a massive campaign of lies against the Opposition - an important plank of Barisan Nasional game-plan to make the next election the "dirtiest" in history to preserver its two-thirds parliamentary majority.

Mahathir  is slated to launch  another pre-election  nation-wide tour starting in Kedah for two days beginning on Oct. 21.

Mahathir should stop misusing his powers and positions as Prime Minister to conduct another nation-wide tour to drum up voter support for the Barisan Nasional, especially when he is spearheading the UMNO campaign  of lies and falsehoods against the Opposition.

Mahathir should make a clear distinction between his duties as  the Prime Minister of Malaysia and his party political postions as head of UMMO and Barisan Nasional.

It is no business of the Prime Minister of Malaysia to campaign for votes for the Barisan Nasional, and Malaysian taxpayers have the right to demand greater political propriety and integrity by insisting that Mahathir should not go round the country using public funds and resources to drum up support for Barisan Nasional, as this is a gross abuse of power,  misappropriation of public funds and clear conflict of interest - the root causes of corruption.

If  Mahathir is so concerned that the Barisan Nasional might lose   its two-thirds parliamentary majority for the first time in history, and he has to spearhead the Barisan Nasional campaign to consolidate voter support for the next election, he should step down temporarily as Prime Minister to fully focus on his party political duties and let Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi act as Prime Minister
until the outcome of the next election.

This was what Bapa Malaysia, Tengku Abdul Rahman did in April 1959, when he felt that he had to go round the country to consolidate national support for  Alliance, which  was faced with formidable challenge from the Opposition. Tengku stepped down temporarily as Prime Minister between April to August 1959  so that he would not be accused of abusing his powers and position as Prime Minister when he led the  campaign for public support for Alliance, resuming the Prime Ministerís post after the Alliance won the 1959 general election.  Tun Razak acted as the Prime Minister during those four months.


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong