Is the government serious in considering the proposal made in the Senate yesterday to rename Putrajaya as  Bandaraya Mahathir Putrajaya in honour of Mahathir to replace  the original name in memory of  Tunku Abdul Rahman?

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya,  Thursday): The proposal by a Senator yesterday that Putrajaya should be renamed Bandaraya Mahathir Putrajaya is most outrageous and preposterous. 

Senator Datuk Mansor Md Jaafar made this proposal  in the Dewan Negara during the debate on the Putrajaya Corporation Amendment Bill on the ground that Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had contributed much to the country and he should be remembered – now that he is at the tail-end of his 22 years and 3 months as the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia until the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit in Kuala Lumpur in October next year. 

Senator Mansor is the classic example of Mahathir’s favourite lament that “Melayu Mudah Lupa” – as Mansor has forgotten Bapa Malaysia and the first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, and that Putrajaya was named after and in memory of Tunku’s services to the country. 

Or was Mansor seriously suggesting that the memory of Tunku’s contributions to the nation should be obliterated in favour of Mahathir? 

What is even more shocking is that the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar when winding up the debate on the Bill welcomed Mansor’s suggestion as a good one which would be considered by the Government. 

Did Tengku Azlan reply from sheer ignorance or is the government serious in considering renaming Putrajaya as Bandar Mahathir Putrajaya in honour of Mahathir instead of the earlier decision that the new Federal Government Administrative Centre should be named in memory of Tunku? 

An immediate clarification by Mahathir himself, or his deputy, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to the preposterous proposal by Senator Datuk Mansor should be made, and Mansor should tender a public apology for the “Melayu Mudah Lupa” complex and in dishonouring the memory of Bapa Malaysia and the first Prime Minister with his proposal.


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman