DAP calls on Malaysia to live up to her international  responsibility as  Security Council member  to play a leading role in United Nations and  ASEAN  to ensure that there is  no Bosnia or Kosovo in the ASEAN backyard

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang 

(Kuching, Tuesday): As United Nations Security Council member, Malaysia has the greatest responsibility of all ASEAN countries apart from Indonesia to ensure that there will be no Bosnia or Kosovo in the ASEAN backward with another  ethnic cleansing and genocide in East Timor following the August 30 vote for independence by the East Timorese.

It is most regrettable that up to now,  Malaysia has failed to play any leading  or significant role in the United Nations Security Council to ensure that Indonesia uphold its international responsibility to provide order and security in East Timor and that the international community  act swiftly by despatching an international peace-keeping force  to prevent East Timor from   the tragedy of  being the first people to suffer two   ethnic cleansings and genocides for  two consecutive generations.

An estimated 200,000 East Timorese were massacred in 1975 when Indonesia invaded East Timor, and  the international community should ensure that there should not  be another ethnic cleansing and genocide.

Malaysia must live up to her international responsibility as a Security Council member to demand international as well as ASEAN action to prevent another bloodbath of  the people of East Timor.

DAP calls on the Foreign Minister, Datuk Syed Hamid Albar to ensure that Malaysia plays her role and assume her international  responsibility as a member of the Security Council to play a leading role both in the United Nations and in ASEAN to prevent a Bosnia or Kosovo in the ASEAN backyard.

The Malaysian Government must do its utmost to ensure that it could not be accused of hyprocrisy and double-standards in international relations, where it could take a laudable leading international position against ethnic cleansing and genocide in Bosnia and Kosovo but yet could condone ethnic cleansing and genocide by its silence and inaction with regard to East Timor.


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