Parliament should give priority to three important debates on Iraq War,
Dengue Epidemic and NAM when it meets for a 18-day meet on Monday
by Lim Kit Siang
Thursday): Parliament should give
priority to three important debates when it meets on Monday for a 18-day
meeting until April 8, viz:
(1) The worst dengue epidemic in the nation's history which is still raging
unchecked eight months after the World Health Organisation (WHO) warning to
governments in the region last July of a dengue epidemic comparable to the
worst recorded dengue year in 1998, when Malaysia registered 27,379 dengue
cases and 58 dengue deaths. I estimate that there were at least 100 dengue
deaths last year, some 20 dengue deaths in the first two months of this year
and more dengue fatalities until the end of the epidemic in May or June this
year unless there is an all-out nation-wide dengue alert.
(2) The looming war in Iraq, as next week may prove to be the most critical
week on peace and war with the United States and United Kingdom escalating
their pressures, including bribes and blackmail, on the "Middle Six"
countries on the Security Council, - Pakistan, Chile, Mexico, Angola, Guniea
and Cameroon - to support the second resolution to authorize war on Iraq for
material breach of UN disarmament resolutions.
(3) The 13th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit and Malaysia's Chair of NAM
for the next three years - on the success of the NAM Summit and the
relevance of NAM. A White Paper should be presented on Monday on the NAM
Summit (stating its actual costs, which had been estimated as ranging from
RM200 million to RM1 billion; explanation why the Kuala Lumpur Declaration
had failed to address the urgent issues of democracy, human rights, rule of
law, war against corruption, good governance in the 116 member nations; and
why NAM has issued a Final Document which nobody has noticed with no single
newspaper even in Malaysia printing a single word).
There is parliamentary precedent in Malaysia that urgent important debates
should take priority over the traditional debates on the Motion of Thanks
for the Royal Address for the official opening of Parliament.
Next week, parliamentary motions on the Iraq war, dengue epidemic and NAM
should take first priority, with the parliamentary debate on the looming war
on Iraq opening the proceedings to afford Parliament the opportunity to
announce to the world its unanimous vote of "No War in Iraq".
Lim Kit Siang, DAP National