Statement by Lim Guan Eng in Penang on Thursday, 28th February 2008:
and MCA should abolish the New Economic Policy, build all the 132
Chinese primary schools required in the country and remove the
discrimination between Bumis and non-bumis if they are to prove that
they are bodyguards of the Chinese community and not bodyguards of UMNO
Both MCA and
Gerakan should take a Malaysian and democratic perspective and not an
ethnic perspective towards nation-building. Both parties should
recognize that the greatest threat towards democracy and the rights of
all Malaysians is a BN one-party state and UMNO’s political dominance.
MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and Gerakan President Tan Sri Koh
Tsu Koon wants to prove that they are bodyguards of the Chinese
community and not bodyguards or lackeys of UMNO, they should adopt the
following three actions:-
the New Economic Policy(NEP),
2. build all the 132 Chinese primary schools required based on needs in
the country; and
3. remove the discrimination between bumis and non-bumis.
How can Ong
claim that MCA and UMNO are political parties of the same standing and
seniority when MCA Vice-President Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn publicly
admitted that MCA is No.2 to UMNO’s No.1? Ong claimed that the Chinese
enjoyed economic stability, development and wider access to higher
education and Koh claimed that Chinese students received more government
The Chinese business community is not optimistic about our country’s
economic prospects as long as the government continues with the NEP. As
for education, MCA claims credit for getting approval to build 6 new
Chinese primary schools. When Dong Ziao Zong estimated that 132 new
Chinese primary schools are needed, which is not even 5% of the needed
requirement? No mention is made of whether the new Chinese primary
schools will be funded by the government funds.
Malaysians and the Chinese community do not want to be treated like
political beggars satisfied with an achievement rate that is not even
5%. If only six schools are approved after every general election, then
we may need 21 general elections or 100 years before achieving the 132
new Chinese primary schools. Ong Ka Ting may be able to wait 100 years,
but I believe the Chinese community is not willing to wait like Ong Ka
Ting for 100 years.
Furthermore Koh Tsu Koon’s claim that the Chinese students get more
scholarships is untrue when 80% of the Public Services Department (PSD)
scholarships are awarded to bumiputera students since 2000. (see table
below). That is why both the categorization and discrimination between
bumis and non-bumis must stop.
MCA and Gerakan can fulfill the above three actions, the Chinese
community will see them as bodyguards not of the Chinese community but
bodyguards of UMNO. UMNO’s political dominance has harmed democratic
institutions such as rule of law, independent judiciary, the supremacy
of Parliament as an expression of the democratic expression of the
people as well as allowed rampant corruption to go unpunished,
escalating crime unchecked and an electoral process that is not clean,
fair and violates the principle of one-man, one vote.
A victory and every single vote for MCA, Gerakan, MIC or SUPP equals to
a victory and every single vote for UMNO. To save democracy and the
rights of all Malaysians, it is necessary to reduce or break UMNO’s
political dominance by first dealing with UMNO’s bodyguards in MCA and
Gerakan by reducing their votes.
Lim Guan Eng,