Malaysia’s 42nd National Day - unique and unprecedented where the people are more Malaysian-minded than the government  leaders

42nd National Day Message
by Lim Kit Siang 

(Petaling Jaya, Monday): Malaysia’s 42nd National Day is unique and unprecedented for it marks a further coming-of-age of the Malaysian nation-building process, to the extent where the people are more Malaysian-minded than the government  leaders.

This year’s National Day theme Bersatu Ke Alaf Baru (Together Towards The New Millennium) is apt and proper, though not in the way the government has intended it.

The people's unity is an essential prerequisite for the nation's ability to face the challenges in the new millennium, but it is not the  unity as a result of  the false pride of mega-projects like having the tallest building in the world, the world's  most gradiose/grotesque Prime Minister's office and residence against which the White House or 10 Downing Street pale into insignificance, the underutilised KLIA airport for the next century or even the Sepang Formua One Circuit.

The unity that we need is the unity of Malaysians, regardless of race, arising from the consciousness that they have a common bond and destiny to create an united,  just, free, prosperous and vibrant civil society.

Former Member of Parliament for Kota Melaka, Lim Guan Eng, has become a rallying-point for Malaysians of all races who cherish justice, freedom, democracy and good governance in Malaysia for they see in Guan Eng the symbol of the New Malaysian in the New Millennium - a leader who seeks justice and fair play not just for any one community or group, but for all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, age or gender.

Instead of welcoming this  further coming-of-age of the Malaysian nation-building process, government leaders are very concerned and even  disturbed by it - fearing that this would have an adverse impact for the ruling parties in the next general election.

This has given rise to the unique and unprecedented situation where the Malaysian people are showing themselves to be more Malaysian-minded, nationalistic and patriotic than the government leaders.


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