I have said publicly that as an opposition, DAP would like to assist
in the Indera Kayangan by-election to highlight the cause of democracy
and human rights, especially as the two years after the 1999 general elections
have seen the scenario going from bad to worse, as illustrated by the following
DAP’s fears that these issues would be lost in the Indera Kayangan by-election if it is cast as a battle between the Islamic state of ala-UMNO or Islamic state ala-PAS have been confirmed by reports of the four-day Indera Kayangan by-election campaign and the failure or inability of Parti Keadilan Nasional and PAS to make an effective and powerful response to the blatant nightly 90-second Barisan Nasional political propaganda camouflaged as prime-time news in various television channels and in different languages to convey the message to the voters of Indera Kayangan that the Barisan Alternative (BA) stands for a Taliban Malaysia, with PAS as the chief proponents and Parti Keadilan Nasional as the abettors.
I have said that if the Indera Kayangan by-election is cast as a battle
between the “Taliban of Malaysia” and the “United States and Northern Alliance
of Malaysia’’, the DAP has no role whatsoever in such a battle, as the
great issues for which the DAP joined in the formation of the Barisan Alternative
- justice, freedom, democracy and good governance - would be completely
lost in such a
With five days left for the Indera Kayangan by-election campaign, PKN and BA should try to salvage the situation by ensuring that the by-election is not a battle between Islamic state ala-PAS or Islamic state ala-UMNO, but is about justice, freedom, democracy and good governance - by coming out with a powerful, effective and convincting counter to the blatant nightly 90-second Barisan Nasional political poison camouflaged as prime-time news.
The Goh Keng Huat issue is a DAP disciplinary matter and there is no need for any more public statement on it by any DAP leader until the DAP disciplinary committee has met and decided on it after the Indera Kayangan by-election. I do not think however that it is a matter which warrants disciplinary actions like expulsion. What should concern Malaysians supportive of the Opposition cause is the new strain it has imposed on DAP-PKN relations.