Hishammuddin should challenge the mass media to publish my statement on Marina Yusof’s speech after he had challenged Opposition parties to make a response

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya, Saturday): Last Wednesday, UMNO Youth acting chief Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein challenged the leadership of the Opposition parties to state their stand on the speech by Keadilan vice president Marina Yusof accusing UMNO of sparking the May 13 racial riots in 1969.

On Thursday, I issued a statement as DAP response to Hishammuddin’s challenge where I made the following important points:

  1. Firstly to end all references to May 13 riots in the run-up and during the forthcoming general election and no political leader, party, candidate or anyone for that matter should be allowed to threaten voters that if any candidate or party wins, there is going to be bloodshed or repetition of May 13.
  2. Secondly, that an independent and representative  commission of inquiry be set up after the next general election into the  causes of the May 13 racial riots - not so much to find and punish the culprits of a national tragedy which occurred 30 years ago, but to  ascertain the true facts and circumstances of its occurrence so as better to avoid its recurrence.
If Marina has information or knowledge which could throw light on the causes of May 13 riots, she would be able to make an invaluable contribution in the  discovery of the true history of May 13  in a more sober and  less heated and fevered atmosphere after the next general election.
However, my statement was "blacked out" in all the mass media which had given Hishammuddin prominent coverage of his challenge to Opposition parties to declare their stand on Marina’s speech.  Hishammuddin should challenge the mass media to give prominent coverage to the DAP response, if he believes in fair and clean politics.

Furthermore, is UMNO Youth prepared to eschew political opportunism and come out in support for my two-point proposal, namely end all references to May 13 in the run-up and during the general election campaign; and an inquiry into its causes after the general election.


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