Barisan Nasional General Election Manifesto of “Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang” has omitted a fourth term “Temberang”
Media Conference Statement
- at the DAP Ipoh Timor election operations headquarters
by Lim Kit Siang
(Ipoh, Tuesday): The Barisan Nasional 2004 General Election Manifesto of “Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang” (Excellence, Glory and Distinction) has omitted a fourth term “Temberang”, which is defined by Kamus Dewan as “percakapan dll yg sedap didengar (umumnya tidak benar)”.
Today, I wish to make my first comment on the BN claim of “Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang”, with the underlying and undeclared sub-text of “Temberang”, which started off with the assertion: “Barisan Nasional is strongly committed to parliamentary democracy, which gives each citizen a say in the administration of this nation”.
This a very tall claim when Malaysia had gravely deviated from one of the nine strategic objectives of Vision 2020 to become a “full mature democracy”, as Malaysia is internationally recognized as having degenerated in the past two decades into a “semi-democracy” – with a whole paraphernalia of the most draconian and undemocratic laws in the world, such as the Internal Security Act, the Sedition Act, the Official Secrets Act, the Printing Presses and Publications Act, the Police Act, etc.
If there is a national opinion poll as to whether Malaysians believe that they have “a say in the administration of this nation”, the overwhelming majority of the people would respond in the negative.
How can the BN Manifesto talk credibly about giving each citizen “a say in the administration of the nation” when the former DAP MP for Batu Gajah, Fong Po Kuan, could be expelled from Parliament for six months without a single sen of parliamentary allowance, just for daring to speak up for the rights of the people to have “a say” in the affairs of this nation?
How can the BN Manifesto claim of commitment to parliamentary democracy have any meaning when the 2004 general election campaign period is the shortest in the nation’s history, only 7 ½ days, even shorter than the dirtiest and most unfair general election of all five general elections of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as the fourth Prime Minister in 1999, which was nine days?
If the Barisan Nasional is fully committed to parliamentary democracy, is it prepared to come out with a supplementary Barisan Nasional manifesto pledging to transform Malaysia’s present “semi-democracy” into a “full mature democracy” as envisaged by Vision 2020, and the measures needed to achieve this objective which should include the following:
The other claims in the Barisan Nasional Manifesto of “Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang” are also all “temberang”, which I will comment in the next three days.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman