(Penang, Saturday): Party
lawyers have been instructed to study in depth the speech by Gerakan President,
Datuk Dr. Lim Keng Yaik, when opening the Penang state Gerakan delegates
conference the previous Sunday (23rd June 2002) alleging that the
DAP’s “No to 929” campaign was aimed at pitting Muslims against
is a most irresponsible, baseless
and mischievous allegation unworthy of a Cabinet Minister for two decades,
setting the worst possible example of the type of irresponsible and unethical
political conduct no political leader should indulge in Malaysia’s plural
society and politics.
DAP CEC will meet next week to receive and consider a report from party
lawyers on whether criminal and civil proceedings should be instituted against
Keng Yaik for the mischief of trying to
distort the DAP’s “No to 911, No to 929, Yes to 1957” People’s Awareness
Campaign as anti-Malay and anti-Islam when it is pro-all races and pro-all
religions in the country.
launching the second phase of the “No to 911, No to 929, Yes to 1957”
campaign, DAP reiterates that the campaign
to defend and uphold the 1957 Merdeka Constitution, the “social contract”
and the 1963 Malaysia Agreement is not anti-Malay or anti-Islam but a
reaffirmation that Malaysia is a democratic, secular, multi-religious, tolerant
and progressive nation with Islam
as the official religion but Malaysia is not an Islamic state – whether of the
UMNO or PAS model.
stand that Islam is the official religion but Malaysia is not an Islamic state
was the official stand of the first
three Prime Ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein Onn
and the early years of the fourth Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir
me remind Keng Yaik of the clear and unequivocal statements by Tunku Abdul
Rahman and Tun Hussein Onn on the issue in the month of February 1983.
February 1983, when celebrating his
80th birthday, Tunku Abdul Rahman said Malaysia should not be turned
into an Islamic state because the country had a multi-racial population with
Abdul Rahman said the nation was
set up as a secular State with Islam as the official religion and that this was
enshrined in the Constitution.
days later, after receiving a MCA delegation, led by MCA President Datuk Lee San
Choon, to wish him a happy 61st birthday, Tun Hussein Onn told
reporters that he supported Tunku Abdul Rahman’s view that Malaysia should not
be turned into an Islamic state. (Star 13/2/83).
Hussein said any move of this kind was neither wise nor practical.
said: “The nation can still be functional as a secular state with Islam as its
the same week, the then Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Musa Hitam was asked at a
Foreign Correspondents Association Club luncheon in Singapore whether the 2M (Mahathir
and Musa) Government agreed with Tunku’s statement that Malaysia cannot be an
was Musa’s reply: “The Tunku was reminding the Government. He is an elder
statesman. We respect his judgment.
of Islamic principles that are positive towards development would not allow the
country to be as Islamic as people expect it to be. Libya, Saudi Arabia, Egypt,
Bangladesh and Pakistan have their own style of Islamisation.
leaders are realistic enough to know that it cannot be done the same style here.
There are certain things which are not practical and cannot be
1983, Keng Yaik was in full agreement with Tunku, Hussein Onn and Musa Hitam
that Islam is the official religion but Malaysia
should not be turned into an Islamic State. He should explain why he has changed
his mind 20 years later, giving full and unthinking support to the “929
Declaration” by Mahathir at the Gerakan national assembly on Sept. 29 last
year that Malaysia is an Islamic State.
of the objectives of the second phase of the “No to 911,No to 929, Yes to
1957” People’s Awareness Campaign is to help political leaders like Keng
Yaik to regain their “political memory”, and this is why apart from a “No
to 929” booklet, we are launching a new poster featuring Tunku Abdul Rahman in
his own words, “Don’t turn Malaysia into an Islamic State”.