Most regrettable that certain mass media are still continuing with their biased coverage of the DAP even after the general election

Media Conference Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Penang,  Wednesday): The 1999 general election had been the dirtiest general election in the nation’s 42-year history. It is also a general  election where the Malaysian press will forever hold their heads in shame at the most unbelievably  unethical and irresponsible journalism.

The biased and  irresponsible media coverage  against the DAP not only continued on Polling Day itself, when all campaigning should end, but is still going on even after the general election on Monday.

In today’s New Straits Times,  the report under the heading "I don’t regret taking the risk, says Kit Siang - Party trying to analyse, absorb results’ implications" said I  "berated voters for having lost an opportunity of denying Barisan Nasional its two-thirds parliamentary majority".

I did not "berate" the voters of Bukit Bendera and Kebun Bunga for not electing me into Parliament and the Penang State Assembly.

This is what I said in my prepared text given to reporters:

I also did not "berate" the voters of Malaysia for not voting for the DAP.  This is what I said in my media conference statement yesterday:
  Can New Straits Times point out where in my media statement did I "berate voters for having lost an opportunity of denying the Barisan Nasional its two-thirds parliamentary majority"?

The Sun in its article under heading "Kit Siang’s fall ushers in a new era in politics" used derogatory terms against DAP and myself, for instance "DAP’s obsolete brand of politics""inconsequential issues as the Autopont, ‘gostan’ politics, and having a cleaner Penang", allegations that my debates in Parliament was "wanting of substance" and  that I had introduced "new catchwords such as ‘hegemony’ and catch-phrases such as ‘justice, freedom and good governance’" but failing to "clarify" how I had "failed" to expose the "purported wrongdoings" of "cronyism, nepotism and corruption" after my 30 years as opposition leader.

I would refer  the Sun writer to  my 25 publications to read about my Parliamentary expose of the Barisan Nasional wrongdoings in the last 30 years.

I was also accused of  being "soured by defeat" in the general election and "blamed" voters for losing "a golden political opportunity to smash the BN political hegemony".

I was not "soured" but "saddened" by defeat and I never "blamed" the voters for not voting for me or the DAP.

Now that the general election is over, can we expect an end to such one-sided, biased and poisonous  reporting and writing in the Malaysian mass media and a return of decent and civilized journalism?


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP Secretary-General