The  denial of the Barisan Nasional two-thirds parliamentary majority in next general election  the important  first step to  establish  justice, freedom, democracy and good governance in Malaysia


Speech
- "Justice For All" Concert

by Lim Kit Siang  

(Bukit Mertajam, Sunday): The cases of DAP Deputy Secretary-General and MP for Kota Melaka, Lim Guan Eng, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, and the recent nation-wide furore over highway tolls are three examples why there is an urgent and imperative  need for the DAPís nation-wideís  "Justice For All" campaign to ensure that there is justice, freedom, democracy and good governance in the country.

If an elected Member of Parliament could be jailed, not because of any crime of arson, armed robbery, rape, murder or criminal breach of trust but for defending the dignity of an underaged 15-year-old girl, a victim of statutory rape, there can be no justice  in Malaysia.

If a person who was until recently the Deputy Prime Minister, the second highest post in the government of the land, could be assaulted while under police custody until he still spotted a black eye ten days later, the system of governance in Malaysia is sorely lacking in justice to the extent that no Malaysian can feel  safe and secure under the Malaysian sun?

The current nation-wide furore  over the Cabinetís decision to approve unfair toll rate increases for the North-South Expressway as well as three other expressways, and to allow unfair new tolls to be introduced in several new highways, is another manifestation of injustice in the Malaysian system of governance.

In many cases, this is a double injustice - an injustice to motorists who have to pay exorbitant tolls and an injustice to all who do not use the expressways because they have to pay taxes so that the government can compensate the highway concessionaires for not imposing the full quantum of toll rate increases due to them under the highway contracts.
The  denial of the  Barisan Nasionalís parliamentary two-third majority in the next general election is therefore the important first step  to  establish  justice, freedom, democracy and good governance in Malaysia, and I call on all justice-loving Malaysians to make this their common objective.

(23/1/99)


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