DAP does not agree that Dong Zong is a racist organisation

DAP does not agree that Dong Zong is a racist organisation. In fulfilling its role to protect Chinese education, Dong Zong has attracted criticisms and condemnation, but Dong Zong has never threatened the rights and security of other Malaysians. Instead Dong Zong respects the Federal Constitution position of Bahasa Malaysia as the national language, whilst other languages can be freely taught and learnt.

Article 152 (1) of the Federal Constitution states that “the national language shall be the Malay language”. Article 152 part (a) and (b), also states that there is no prohibition or prevention from the teaching or learning of any other language, including the provision of federal and state funds for this.

Whilst we have a right to object or oppose what Dong Zong says, this is part of the democratic right of freedom of expression which means that “I may disagree with what you say, but I will protect your right to say it”. Such democratic right of freedom of expression however must not threaten punishment or inflict injury on those who have different views. For this reason, DAP strongly disagrees with any suggestion to ban Dong Zong.

Since being appointed as Prime Minister again last year, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has adopted an open approach to freedom of expression, subject to no one being threatened with punishment, public disorder, injury or hurt by lies. Tun Dr Mahathir has even given instructions that no one should be arrested or prosecuted for severely criticising him as Prime Minister, unlike the practice of the previous Prime Minister. Therefore, DAP believes that the Prime Minister has no intention of banning Dong Zong.

Media statement by Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 13th August 2019