Kong Choy should stop  distorting DAP statements for his political survival in MCA


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
 

(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): MCA Vice President Datuk Chan Kong Choy should stop distorting DAP statements for his political survival in MCA.

In his statement yesterday, Chan "urged the Chinese community not to be taken in by the DAPís action to protray PAS as an acceptable political party in a plural society" and said that "the DAP was doing an injustice to the community as PAS was an extremist and conservative party bent on setting up an Islamic state".

I sympathise with the plight Chan  had been placed in the MCA but this can be no excuse for his distorting my speeches and statements to strengthen his party position.

The DAPís position had always been clear and consistent and I had reiterated this at the Malacca PAS forum on Sunday, where I said:
 

The DAP will never be like the MCA in Barisan Nasional,  fully supporting UMNOís nation-building objective of assimilation, leaving the DAP to defend the principle of integration in a multi-racial Malaysia with many  DAP leaders paying a heavy price for their convictions either through detention without trial under the Internal Security Act or other forms of political persecution.

The DAP stand that Malaysia shall remain forever a secular democratic Malaysia is a fundamental founding principle of the party which cannot and will not  be compromised  in the way that MCA was prepared to compromise the principle of national integration  until rescued by the DAP..

Although the DAP and PAS are in the Barisan Alternative and  are bound by our common election manifesto "Towards A Just Malaysia",  this does not mean that both parties see eye to eye on all issues which are not covered by the manifesto.

A good case is the proposal by the Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat to have separate restaurants for Muslims and non-Muslims, which will not be conducive to the  nation-building process for plural Malaysia.

DAP will raise  these differences with PAS in the Barisan Alternative to try to reach greater understanding going beyond the common election manifesto "Towards a Just Malaysia" so that the Barisan Alternative could be supported by even more  Malaysians.

(29/6/2000)


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman