Chua Jui Meng's call for a "gag" on further public debate on "black
gold" politics in MCA most undemocratic and completely against the national
interest to establish a corruption-free political system
by Lim Kit Siang
The call by the MCA vice president Datuk Chua Jui Meng for a "gag" on
further public debate and discussions on "black gold" politics in MCA is the
worst of all proposals made so far from the MCA A and B factions on the
expose by the MCA Youth leader, Datuk Ong Tee Kiat, as it is most
undemocratic and completely against the national interest to establish a
corruption-free political system in Malaysia.
Chua has again confirmed himself as the most undemocratic leader in MCA and
Barisan Nasional, who believes in keeping the people in total "darkness"
about their rights and what is happening in the country by denying them all
right to information.
He was responsible for imposing a "gag" on information about the Nipah virus
epidemic in 1999 when timely release of information from the very beginning
about the mysterious disease and deaths might have prevented a toll of over
a hundred lives lost and the ruin of the RM2.5 billion pig-rearing and pork
He is again the Minister responsible for the "gag" on the nine-month worst
dengue epidemic in the nation's history, and which is still raging unchecked
claiming more and more lives, by denying the people timely, full and
accurate information about the deadly dengue epidemic. Chua told Parliament
on Tuesday that there had been 11 dengue deaths this year till February 22.
Chua had not only understated the actual number of dengue deaths this year
as well as last year, he had not told MPs about more dengue deaths since
February 22, although he gets weekly update on information about the latest
dengue cases and fatalities.
Now, Chua wants to impose a "gag" on all debate and discussion on Ong's
expose of "black gold" politics in MCA - not for the good of the people and
country, but to safeguard his own political position in MCA as he feels that
the issue of "black gold" politics is a god-send to the MCA A faction to go
on the offensive to isolate and marginalize the MCA B faction, and even to
go "for the kill"!
Chua should not put personal and factional party interests above national
interest in calling for a "gag" when he should be in the very forefront to
support Ong and demand that "black gold" politics should be nipped in the
bud and not be allowed to rear its ugly head in Malaysia. Or is Chua
convinced that Ong was utterly irresponsible in making such an allegation,
whether because it was baseless or it should be a "taboo" subject which
should not be publicized?
The curse of "black gold" politics in the history of Taiwan politics should
be understood by all political leaders in the country, if we do not want the
fusion of organized crime with the politics of money to corrupt our
political system, the economic order, the rule of law and social justice in
It would appear that Chua had not heard or understood the call of Datuk Seri
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to all Malaysians to come forward to fight corruption
in his first speech as Acting Prime Minister last week, and this is why his
proposal to sweep pulbic debate on "black gold" politics under the carpet is
totally against the objective to eliminate corruption of all forms in our
I had publicly gone on record declaring my understanding and support for
Ong's refusal to submit to the demands of MCA President Datuk Seri Dr. Ling
Liong Sik and other MCA "A" leaders to publicly "name names" to substantiate
his allegation that certain MCA leaders have connections with triad
characters and that there are even MCA leaders with "triad" backgrounds as
there is no guarantee of his personal safety and there are "certain people"
condoning "black gold" politics in MCA.
This is why the DAP had right from the beginning called for the
highest-level police investigations to take over from any MCA disciplinary
proceedings to get to the bottom of Ong's serious allegation of "black gold"
politics and to nip in the bud any possibility of the curse of Taiwan
politics taking root in Malaysia.
Ong said he had written to the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Norian
Mai, for a meeting on his allegation of "black gold" politics and that
triads had infiltrated the MCA.
Ong is addressing the wrong target in asking for a meeting to
talk about "black gold" politics, as such a right person would be the Acting
Prime Minister and Acting head of the Barisan Nasional, Datuk Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi and not the IGP.
As far as the police is concerned, there is no need for any such meeting.
What the police should do is to start high-level investigations, and this is
why Ong should without any more delay lodge a police report on "black gold"
politics in MCA so that the police can institute formal investigations.
Ong must of course be prepared to pay the consequences for lodging a false
police report and possibly for the offence of criminal defamation and other
legal repercussions if he could not substantiate his serious allegation of
"black gold" politics in MCA.
I am surprised that Ong has not yet lodged a police report on his
allegation. Is it because he has no confidence in the capability of the
police to conduct an independent and thorough investigation into his
allegation of "black gold" politics in MCA? If so, then it gives rise to a
completely different scenario.
Lim Kit Siang, DAP National