People of Ipoh continue to “write history” and deepen and extend the Kinta Valley effect of the 2004 general election to restore meaningful democracy, create an incorruptible and good governance and to preserve secular democracy with Islam as official religion but not an Islamic State
- at the Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh dinner celebrating the DAP’s Ipoh Barat election victory, followed by the formation of a protem committee for the Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh DAP Branch, the first DAP branch to be formed after the March 21 general election
by Lim Kit Siang
(Ipoh, Tuesday): The people of Ipoh continue to “write history” and deepen and extend the Kinta Valley effect of the 2004 general election to restore meaningful democracy, create an incorruptible and good governance and to preserve Malaysia as a secular democracy with Islam as official religion but not an Islamic State with the establishment of the Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh branch - first DAP Branch in the country nine days after the March 21 polls.
Sum Cheak Leng should be the DAP Assemblyman for Bercham today if the Keadilan candidate, who lost his deposit, had not split opposition votes to rescue the Barisan Nasional candidate from defeat, as shown by the following election results for the Bercham constituency:
I can understand Sum’s disappointment, frustration and even disenchantment, but I will advise him not to wallow in self-pity or a binge of blame but to look forward and not backwards, and to take to heart the adage “Failure is the mother of success”.
Sum should start working now for the next general election in 4 – 5 years’ time to ensure that he can build on the 7,603 votes that he had secured in the general election and turn it into an unbeatable majority in the 12th general election.
The formation of the first new DAP branch in the country after the 2004 general election is a most positive and encouraging sign that the people of Ipoh have stood up to again to provide the political leadership in the country in the national quest for justice, freedom, democracy and good governance and to preserve the 46-year Merdeka “social contract” that Malaysia is a secular democracy.
The new Cabinet will decide at its first meeting tomorrow on the dates for the convening of the new Parliament.
DAP MPs will speak up in Parliament, not only for their constituents, but also for all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation – as members of Barisan Nasional component parties whether MCA, Gerakan, MIC or even UMNO have to depend on DAP MPs to take up the great national issues of justice, freedom, democracy and good governance as Barisan Nasional MPs are invariably dumb and silent on these questions.
I propose to formally call on the Perak Mentri Besar and the Ipoh Mayor in the coming week as the DAP is not a political party which opposes for the sake of opposition, but is prepared to fully co-operate with the government and the authorities on what is good and best for the people, whether efficient public service or crackdown on corruption, but we will not pull any punches in our criticism and opposition in cases of government abuses of power, malpractices or neglect of the rights and interests of the people.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman & Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor