(Jelutong, Saturday): Last
night, Gerakan retaliated to the DAP’s “No to 911, No to 929” people’s
awareness campaign by countering and plastering Penang with a poster of their
own - a black-and-white poster of the Kelantan Mentri Besar, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik
Mat and myself at a public dinner, with the figure “4302” and the words
“Yes To PAS” in English and Chinese.
Gerakan leaders responsible for this counter-poster campaign are guilty not only
of being a copycat but of being a cheap copycat. There is nothing wrong being a copycat but the Gerakan
leaders should at least try to be a creative copycat.
The Gerakan poster of “4302” with the photograph of Nik Aziz and
myself at a public dinner is not
only un-creative but downright dishonest.
DAP’s “No to 911, No to 929” campaign
is a most honourable, positive and constructive people’s awareness
campaign which transcends party politics to mobilise Malaysians, regardless of
race, religion or political affiliation, to save the country from terrorism and
extremism of any form as well as to
preserve the 1957 Merdeka Constitution “social contract” of Malaysia
as a democratic, secular, multi-religious, tolerant and progressive nation with Islam as the official religion but not an Islamic state.
Gerakan’s “4302” campaign, however, is a most shameful, below-the-belt,
negative and destructive political falsehood campaign, trying to
insinuate that DAP and I had betrayed the DAP principles and the people’s
rights and interests because of the photograph of Nik Aziz and I appearing at a
dinner function together.
number “4302” refers to 4th March 2002, when together with the
DAP MP for Batu Gajah, Fong Po Kuan, I was in Kota Baharu to attend the
“Solidarity with Fong Po Kuan Dinner” at the Kelantan
Chinese Chamber of Commerce Hall organised by the PAS Kota Baharu
Division to protest the undemocratic and high-handed six-month suspension of Po
Kuan as MP without allowance for speaking
up in Parliament on the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) examinations
there a single Gerakan leader, division or branch which dared to publicly
express solidarity and support to
Po Kuan for being a victim of the undemocratic and high-handed abuse of the
Barisan Nasional brute and blind majority in Parliament acting as prosecutor,
judge, jury and executioner all in one to penalise Po Kuan, violating the rules
of natural justice in not holding an inquiry to allow Po Kuan to defend herself?
the recent Ketari by-election in Pahang, the Gerakan also resorted to the dirty
trick in the last two days of the by-election by flooding the
constituency with four-coloured
pamphlets, posters and billboards carrying the hand-shake photograph of
Nik Aziz and myself at the same “Solidarity with Fong Po Kuan” dinner to mislead the Chinese voters but it failed to have the impact
Gerakan desired as the DAP managed to hold the support of the overwhelming
majority of the Chinese voters in Ketari.
my handshake or meeting with Nik Aziz at a public dinner is political betrayal
per se, then Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon would
have committed a catalogue of political betrayals because he had to meet and
shake hands with Nik Aziz on even more occasions in the
regular conferences of chief ministers and menteri-menteri besar he had
to attend in the past decade.
Wednesday, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and the PAS
President, Datuk Fadzil Nor appeared publicly at a forum in Kuala Lumpur
on the Palestine issue and
their handshake photograph were given prominence by all local media, including
front-page treatment by the News Straits Times.
by the Gerakan logic, this would be proof
of Mahathir’s political betrayal to PAS. Is Gerakan going to next
launch a public poster campaign with
the photograph of the handshake
between Mahathir and Fadzil when they appeared together on Wednesday, with the
number “8502” on the poster to signify that the event took place on 8th
course, Gerakan would not dare to do such a thing for apart from the fear of
antagonsing Mahathir, it would be a
downright lie to insinuate that
Mahathir had committed a betrayal
to PAS just because of his handshake with Fadhil Nor - just as it would be a lie
to insinuate that there had been a
betrayal by Tsu Koon to PAS because of his handshake with Nik Aziz at the series
of Conferences of State Chief
Ministers and Mentri-menteri Besar or that I had betrayed to PAS just because of
my handshake with Nik Aziz at the “Solidarity with Fong Po Kuan” dinner in
a way, I thank the Gerakan for putting up these most scurrilous and despicable posters, which could only be
conceived by people totally devoid of political scruples or any
sense of decency to exploit the base and worst instincts of human beings.
is better that the people of Penang and Malaysia face these despicable and
posters and tactics now than during the general election campaign, to think
through the implications of the Gerakan insinuations and
character-assassinations in these posters, so that they can speak loud
and clear that they do not want such “dirty tricks” which debase Malaysian
insinuations of the Gerakan posters, whether “4302” or the one used in the
Ketari by-election, are most insulting to
the Malaysian people, the Chinese community, the DAP and myself.
why should the public meeting or handshake of two political leaders from
different political parties be regarded as
proof per se of betrayal by one to the other?
why is the Gerakan fostering the belief that if there are such political
betrayals, it must be the Chinese leader who betray to the Malay leader, and not
the other way round - or is this because the Gerakan is speaking from experience
and party knowledge?
leaders should state clearly whether they regard any public meeting or contact
with PAS leaders as tantamount to betrayal to PAS, and if so, to state its stand
on Mahathir and Fadhil appearing on the same platform on Wednesday.
has made it very clear through our past records, whether before or
during DAP’s participation in the Barisan Alternative or after our
pull-out from Barisan Alternative that our co-operation with PAS is purely on
common areas of promoting or restoring justice, freedom, democracy and good
governance and does not extend to the issue of Islamic State, where the DAP has
maintained a consistent and uncompromising stand since our founding days in 36
years ago in opposing an Islamic
state, whether ala-PAS or ala-UMNO.
leaders are proud of the “No to 911, No to 929” campaign and we are prepared
to defend it in any public debate. Are
Gerakan President Datuk Seri Dr. Lim Keng Yaik and Tsu Koon proud of their
“4302” poster campaign and prepared to defend it in any public
call on the Gerakan leadership, especially Keng Yaik and Tsu Koon to publicly
apologise not only to DAP but also to the people of Penang and Malaysia for such
a shameful, dishonest and
contemptible “4302” poster campaign as its dishonourable insinuations
are founded on sheer falsehoods. If
they are proud of the “4302” poster campaign, DAP leaders challenge and
invite them to a series of public debates on
the Gerakan’s “4302” poster
campaign and the DAP’s “No to 911, No to 929” campaign.