Malaysian Parliament should adopt an all-party unanimous motion on US and Iraq tomorrow to send a clear and united message to Bush before his Sept. 11 and 12 speeches that Malaysians are opposed to any unilateral US military action against Iraq


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya, Sunday): Bernama today reported that the United States ambassador to Malaysia, Marie T. Huhtala told the Asian Global Leadership Conference  that  the US raid on Iraq two days ago was not the start of a war but a routine attack.

Huhtala said no one should jump to conclusion that the much-anticipated attack on Iraq had started as the raid was only at the "no-fly zone".

She said: "All of us are concerned with reports that the attack has begun. But based on checks with US-based news reports and the information I have gathered, it was rather different from what we heard today."

Huhtala said it was not true that 100 aircraft took part in the raid on a major Iraqi air defence installation and the number was actually 12, comprising four each from the US Air Force and Navy carrier and another four from Britain.

Even if Huhtala is right about her information, the fact is that the world is on tenterhooks because of a belligerent Bush administration bent on unilateral military action to topple Saddam Hussein.

Bush will be making two important speeches on Saddam Hussein and Iraq  in the next few days the September 11 address to the nation on the anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks and his speech to the United Nations General Assembly the following day.

The Malaysian Parliament should adopt an all-party unanimous motion when it reconvenes  tomorrow to send a clear and united message to Bush before his Sept. 11 and 12 speeches that Malaysians are opposed to any unilateral US military action against Iraq which would be contrary to international law  and to insist that any military action against Baghdad must be decided at the United Nations if Saddam Hussein  continues to refuse to allow weapons inspectors to return to Iraq.

(8/8/2002)


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman