Let P.Patto be a model for all Malaysians in the fight  for justice and freedom in the next election to lay the basis for far-reaching political change to create a New Malaysia

P. Patto National Conference on the problems of the Indian community 
Lim Kit Siang  

(Ipoh, Sunday):  We are gathered here today in memory of our late  dear comrade-at-arms, Sdr. P. Patto, who left us four years ago with a lot of unfinished business.  P. Patto had been the exemplary model of a Malaysian patriot and indomitable fighter for justice and freedom in over two decades of political life.

We are at a period of our political development, where great things are afoot in the political arena with unprecedented ferment for change, and Patto should be a model for all Malaysians in the fight for justice and freedom in the next election to lay the basis for far-reaching political change to create a New Malaysia.

Patto should be a role model not only for every Malaysian Indian, but for every Malaysian citizen, as to how we should fearlessly stand up against all forms of injustices, inequalities, exploitation and abuses of power to expand the horizons of justice and freedom for all Malaysians in the country.

The recent  phenomenon of  political uprising among the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians covers a wide spectrum of public  demands for change - political, economic, social, cultural, integrity in public life and good governance.

Malaysians not only want to see the restoration of an independent judiciary, a professional and fair-minded Attorney-General, an independent and professional Police, they also want to see the end of corruption, cronyism, nepotism and the  misallocation of limited public resources at the expense of the fundamental rights of Malaysians of all races to the best in education, housing and health care.

The Government has spent RM5 billion so far to build the new federal administrative capital, Putrajaya, which could be better spent to build low-cost houses for 250,000 poor households or to provide quality and affordable education and health care to low-income Malaysians.

The  memory of Patto’s dedication and sacrifices for the cause of justice and freedom would be best served if in the next election, a fundamental shift in Malaysian politics could be achieved with the denial and ending of the two-thirds parliamentary majority and the political hegemony of the Barisan Nasional - ushering a new political era for all Malaysians in the new millennium.


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