There will be no condition or basis to explore the possibility of a merger between DAP and Keadilan if the latter has not left the Barisan Alternative and freed itself from subservience to the PAS Islamic State objective
Media Conference Statement (3)
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): Yesterday, I said that if Keadilan is prepared to break free from PAS and its subservience to PAS’ Islamic State objective, DAP and Keadilan should explore the possibility of a merger for the triple objectives of restoring meaningful democracy, establishing good governance of a clean, incorruptible, just, efficient and trustworthy government and to defend and uphold the 46-year Merdeka “social contract” of Malaysia that Malaysia is a secular democracy with Islam as the official religion but not an Islamic State, whether ala-PAS or ala-UMNO.
I made it very clear at the media conference yesterday this was my personal idea and that it was not a party position, as it has not been discussed by the party leadership.
Keadilan National Vice Chairman Tian Chua in response said that it is premature to talk about the dissolution of the Barisan Alternative before there is any talk on the merger idea.
There will be no condition or basis to explore the possibility of a merger between DAP and Keadilan if the latter has not left the Barisan Alternative and freed itself from subservience to the PAS Islamic State objective.
Although the Chinese leaders in Keadilan had said that they do not support an Islamic State and support a secular democracy, this is not the stand of the core Keadilan mainstream national leadership.
After the general election in 1999, DAP had hoped that we will get support from Keadilan and Parti Rakyat Malaysia to thrash out with PAS that it should not deviate and betray the Barisan Alternative Common Manifesto “Towards a Just Malaysia” which was focused on the restoration of justice, freedom, democracy and good governance, with all the four parties agreed that it had nothing to do with the PAS objective of an Islamic State.
DAP leaders had protested strongly against PAS coming out with a Terengganu state manifesto for an Islamic state in the last few days before polling in the 1999 general election which was in clear conflict with the BA common manifesto.
This was one of the reasons why DAP wanted the BA to address the people’s concerns about the Islamic State issue after the 1999 general election but we found no support from the other BA component parties despite persistent attempts by the DAP in 2000
If Keadilan and Parti Rakyat at the time had supported the DAP, it would be PAS which would have to leave the Barisan Alternative and not the DAP.
When talks broke down between the DAP and PAS leaders on the DAP’s five-point “No Islamic State” formula for the BA, DAP was left with no choice but to pull out of the opposition front.
DAP had proposed a five-point ”No Islamic State” proposal for the BA position, viz:
The PAS leadership were prepared to accept Points 3 and 4 but not Points 1, 2 and 5.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman