The holding of 2008 Olympics in Beijing should be a catalyst  for faster political and economic reforms  for nearly a quarter of mankind

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya, Saturday): The holding of 2008 Olympics in Beijing should be a catalyst for faster political and economic reforms for  nearly a quarter of mankind.

Although there have been fears that the staging of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing could see a repetition of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, which were used by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union respectively as a powerful propaganda instrument to consolidate their hold on power, this is not an inevitable consequence as the 2008 Olympics could be the seminal force for change for human rights and democracy in China in the next seven years.

The award of the 2008 Olympics to the world’s most populous nation with 1.3 billion people and a country that had never had an Olympics before would be a signal opportunity and challenge  for the Chinese authorities to improve on their  human rights polices and practices so as to make the Games a resounding success redounding to the credit not only to China but to Asia as well.


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman