The  "Sanggang Effect" - where  six million Chinese in Malaysia, starting in Sanggang,  tell MCA and Gerakan that they are not a easily duped community to  continue to believe in the  lies and falsehoods about DAP supporting PAS to make the Chinese "an oppressed race" in Malaysia 

Open Letter
- To Chinese voters of Sanggang 
by
Lim Kit Siang
 

(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): In the Sanggang by-election, MCA and Gerakan are using  the same old tricks which had succeeded so well in the recent general election and are doing their utmost  to frighten Chinese voters into believing that  if the PAS candidate wins, there will be no pork, no alcohol, no ancestor-worship,  no temples,  no Chinese schools, Chinese women have to cover up in tudung, pretty women cannot find work and that there would be chopping of hands and feet and the Chinese would become an "oppressed race" in the country.

Based on the DAPís 34-year record of fighting against injustice and inequalities in Malaysia, the DAP would be in the forefront calling on the Sanggang voters to reject PAS if there is any basis in these MCA and Gerakan lies and falsehoods.

The DAP deserved to suffer a catastrophic defeat in the recent general election, and I deserve to be voted out of Parliament for the first time in 30 years, if there was any truth in the MCA and Gerakan allegations that a vote for DAP is  a vote for PAS and an Islamic State where the Chinese will have no pork, no alcohol, no temples, no Chinese schools, pretty women cannot find work, there would be chopping of hands and feet, Chinese rights would be lost and the Chinese would become an "oppressed race" in the country.

These are however all lies and falsehoods and this is why MCA and Gerakan leaders dare not make these allegations openly and publicly but only whisper them on the ground in their "house-to-house" visits or "vegetable-basket politics".

The 5,119 Chinese voters in Sanggang have a historic responsibility in the by-election on April 1, 2000, not only to elect their  State Assemblyman but even more important to let it be known that the Malaysian Chinese is not an easily-duped community  which could continue to be misled by lies and falsehoods about the DAP supporting  PAS to make the Chinese "an oppressed race" in Malaysia - spearheading the "Sanggang effect" to restore dignity of the Chinese community and the respect of other races.

Can MCA explain why it supported the  "The Control and Restriction of the Propagation of Non-Muslim Religions Enactment" in six state assemblies and the banning of rearing and slaughter of pig in Terengganu for 10 years?

In the by-election, MCA leaders like Datuk Chan Kong Choy had resorted to lies and falsehoods to try to mislead the Chinese voters into believing that I have become the greatest advocate for an  Islamic State, the greatest anti-Chinese and in fact  a traitor to the Chinese community.

MCA and Gerakan believe that as a result of the great success of their campaign of lies and falsehoods about the DAP and PAS in the last general election, they have found a campaign strategy which they could use for the next 10 to 20 years to frighten the Chinese voters away from the DAP -  and block the peopleís aspirations for change to bring about justice, freedom, democracy and good governance.

Let Sanggang by-election be the first historic political landmark in the new millennium where the Malaysian Chinese can tell the MCA and Gerakan that they are wrong and that the Malaysian Chinese is not an easily-duped community which can continue to be misled by lies and falsehoods.

During the by-election campaign, Chan Kong Choy had raised the private memberís bill submitted by  Hadi Awang  in the previous Parliament on  "Control and Restriction of Propagation  of Non-Muslim Religions (Federal Territories) 1999"  in the last Parliamentary meeting.

The Bill was submitted to Parliament before the Barisan Alternative reached agreement on a common manifesto entitled "Towards A Just Malaysia".

Chan Kong Choy said the MCA opposed the private memberís bill.  The DAP has gone on record as opposing this  private memberís bill. The MCA is however dishonest and insincere on this issue, as this is a typical example of MCA saying one thing but doing the opposite.

In 1988, DAP was the only party whose State Assemblymen opposed and voted against the passage of "The Control and Restriction of the Propagation of Non-Muslim Religions Enactment" in the various UMNO-controlled states such as  Perak, Selangor, Johore, Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Kedah - which were fully supported by the MCA and Gerakan State  Assemblymen throughout the country - in the same manner the national and state MCA supported the Terengganu UMNO State Government to ban the rearing and slaughter of pigs in Terengganu state for ten years from 1990.

Can MCA explain why it supported the  "The Control and Restriction of the Propagation of Non-Muslim Religions Enactment" in six state assemblies and the banning of rearing and slaughter of pig in Terengganu for 10 years?

DAP is co-operating with PAS in Barisan Alternative not to establish an Islamic State but to create a New   Malaysia where there is  justice, freedom, democracy and good governance

DAPís stand on the question of an Islamic State is very clear and had remained unchanged since the founding of the party in 1966 34 years ago.

DAP will not support an Islamic state as our objective is that  Malaysia shall remain forever a secular democratic Malaysia. This  is a  fundamental founding principle of the party which cannot be compromised.

DAP opposes Islamic State and our co-operation with  PAS in Barisan Alternative is not to establish an Islamic State but to create a New  Malaysia where there is  justice, freedom, democracy and good governance

This is why the  Barisan Alternative common manifesto "Towards A Just Malaysia" made no mention of an Islamic State.
 
(29/3/2000)


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman