Invitation to Firdaus Abdullah to a public debate on whether there should be a Ministerial statement or White Paper in Parliament on the 1989 Malaysia-CPM Haadyai Peace Accord and whether Chin Peng had honoured his end of the agreement
Media Conference Statement (3)
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Friday): University of Malaya economics lecturer Professor Firdaus Abdullah in his weekly column in Utusan Malaysia yesterday (2.10.03) entitled “Usaha pulih sejarah Chin Peng” asked whether there was an attempt to rewrite the history of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) and linked it with my call to the government to table a Ministerial statement or White Paper on the 1989 Haadyai Malaysia-CPM Peace Accord and the status of Chin Peng, former CPM secretary-general.
I deplore Firdaus’ subtle insinuation that I had ulterior motives and I invite him to a public debate on whether there should be a Ministerial statement or White Paper in Parliament on the 1989 Haadyai Peace Accord and the status of Chin Peng. The public debate can take place at the University of Malaya.
As I said in my media statement dated 30.9.03, a White Paper on the 14-year Haadyai Peace Accord 1989 is warranted as Malaysians are entitled to know, among other things,
Fourteen years have passed since the Haadyai Peace Accord was signed, and as Chin Peng had made several revelations about the Haadyai/Phuket negotiations previously not known to Malaysians, it is in the public interest that the people should be informed of the government’s position on these issues.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman