DAP malcontents teaming up with  DAP turncoats to serve the  Barisan Nasional agenda in the next general elections


Media  Statement
by Lim Kit Siang  

(Petaling Jaya, Tuesday): DAP malcontents are teaming up with DAP turncoats to serve the Barisan Nasional agenda in the next general elections, and this is why they have all suddenly become the "hottest" items in the Barisan-Nasional controlled mass media.

The larger game-plan of  DAP malcontents and turncoats, where the latter write the statements for the former, to serve the Barisan Nasional agenda could be seen by the slant and bias of  certain mass media in their coverage of the latest developments in the DAP, where the Sunday Sun carried a Penang-inspired story that "About 200 members from 10 DAP branches in Selangor, led by Bandar Klang assemblyman Chua Kow Eng, will officially resign from the party tomorrow".

We even see the ridiculous situation where a DAP turncoat demanded that I should respond to the questions raised by Chua, simply because Chuaís statement was penned by him!

I have all the time in the world for party leaders and members who are genuinely misled or confused by party policies and directions, but I have no time whatsoever for DAP malcontents who are prepared to be so dishonest, unprincipled and unscrupulous as to serve the Barisan Nasional agenda in the next general elections.

Chua is one such example.  I feel very pained that a party old-timer like him, who joined the DAP in 1967, and had been entrusted to be DAP Selangor Assemblyman for three terms, should  fail to "preserve his honour in his latter years".

But what pains me more are the untruths he could utter to justify his resignation, namely :
 

I would have continued to respect Chua after his resignation if he had said that he disagreed with my style of political leadership - although I do not understand why he has taken 32 long years to discover this - but I can have no respect for Chua when he concoct, or to be more correct, "parrot"  untruths to justify his resignation.

I have gone to jail twice for the DAP cause for a Malaysian Malaysia, and it is precisely because of  the DAPís political commitment and struggle that the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad publicly admitted a few years ago that the Barisan Nasional government had been misguided in the past in trying to pursue a policy of assimilation rather than integration, and that the government has realised that a policy of assimilation is unsuitable for a multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious Malaysia.

Malaysia is on the threshold of a new millennium where the greatest challenge is to establish justice, freedom, democracy and good governance for all Malaysians as well as prepare the new generation to master Information Technology to position the people and country to compete with the best in the world.

Unfortunately, there are DAP malcontents who are stuck in the sixties and refuse to move with the times into the 21st century, which require new mind-sets and strategies.

The allegation that I now support the PAS objective of setting up an Islamic state and the implementation of hudud law is the most irresponsible of all - something which even MCA and Gerakan leaders and propagandists dare not say.

What these DAP malcontents want to do is to provide material  to the MCA and Gerakan leaders and propagandists to use against the DAP leadership in their propaganda war.

This purpose is most clear in the allegation that I am continuing to glorify DAP Deputy Secretary-General and MP for Kota Melaka, Lim Guan Eng who is now in his sixth month jail in Kajang Prison, purely because he is my son.

MCA and Gerakan are most worried about the political effects of Guan Engís incarceration for all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, gender or age, are outraged by the injustice of the first political leader in the nationís history to act as a true Malaysian by sacrificing his political future standing up for the dignity, honour, human rights and women rights of an underaged girl from another race and religion.

However, MCA and Gerakan leaders dare not say a word about Guan Eng  for fear of public revulsion - and this is where the DAP turncoats and malcontents are serving the Barisan Nasional agenda, to try to make an issue of the DAPís nation-wide "Justice For All" campaign which has been launched arising from Guan Engís incarceration.

MCA and Gerakan leaders and propagandists would not dare to be seen to be criticial of Guan Eng, but the baseless attacks of DAP turncoats and malcontents on the Guan Eng issue would be a "god-send" which MCA and Gerakan could use without attracting direct public outrage.

However, the DAP turncoats and malcontents ignored one fundamental truth, that  the DAPís nation-wide "Justice For All" campaign is not just about Guan Eng, but encompasses the right to justice for all Malaysians whether  political, economic, educational, citizenship, human rights, etc.

Under the "Justice For All" campaign for instance, the issues we are fighting for include:
 

Which one of these eight objectives of the "Justice For All" campaign are the DAP turncoats and malcontents opposed to?

The unfairness and bias of certain mass media in treating the latest DAP development is clear from todayís press.

Yesterday, the New Straits Times, Berita Harian and Utusan Malaysia put the story of Chuaís resignation from the DAP on their front-pages.  But none of them carried on their front-pages today the resignation of three Sabah UMNO stalwarts, namely Datuk Yahya Lampong, Ansari Abdullah and Abdillah Hamid and their defection to Harris Sallehís Barisan Rakyat Sabah Bersekutu.  Why the double standards?

Furthermore the New Straits Times, which yesterday carried the report of Chuaís resignation as a more important front-page news than the admission by former Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Rahim Noor that he had assaulted the former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, today completely blacked out the DAPís various statements in response to the resignation.  Again, why such blatant unfairness?

Malaysians have therefore a right to find out why  DAP malcontents are teaming up with DAP turncoats to serve the Barisan Nasional agenda in the next general elections.

(2/3/99)


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