Gerakan will team up with UMNO to humiliate and  compel Liong Sik to define  the “indefinite suspension” of the MCA Penang duo as euphemism  for “expulsion” at the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting next Tuesday

Media Statement
Lim Kit Siang

(Penang, Saturday):  After the unjust, cowardly and new-fangled decision of the MCA Presidential Council last month to “indefinitely suspend” the party membership of the two Penang  MCA State Assembly members, Tan Cheng Liang (Jawi) and Lim Boo Chang (Datuk Keramat) for abstaining in the vote on the motion by the DAP Assemblyman for Batu Lanchang, Law Heng Kiang in the recent Penang State Assembly to defer the RM1.02 billion Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR) project, I had said that the MCA President, Datuk Seri Dr. Ling Liong Sik and the MCA Presidential Council were heading for another public humiliation. 

This was because  Gerakan would team up with UMNO to  pressure MCA  to define and define satisfactorily the meaning of "indefinite suspension" to ensure that it contains at least the following elements:


  • That the indefinite suspension of Tan and Lee would continue till the end of their current tenure as State Assembly members.

  • That both would not be renominated as candidates for the next general election.

  • That prior notice be given to other Barisan Nasional component parties and their consent sought before the "indefinite suspension" of the MCA membership of Tan and Lee are terminated.


In other words, to make the MCA duo’s  “indefinite suspension” as good as or no different from expulsion.  This is clearly what Gerakan and UMN0 would seek to do at the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting next Tuesday, teaming  up to  humiliate and  compel Liong Sik to define  the “indefinite suspension” of the MCA Penang duo as euphemism for  “expulsion”.  


Yesterday,  Barisan Nasional secretary-general Tan Sri Mohamad Rahmat  said that MCA and Gerakan should stop undermining each other as this would weaken Barisan Nasional and he hoped that there were no ulterior motives in the incident where two Penang MCA State Assembly members abstained from voting against the DAP motion on PORR.


Mohamad Rahmat’s claim that any  Barisan Nasional component party  can propose a resolution at the BN Supreme Council meeting on Tuesday to  expel the Penang MCA duo for breach of BN discipline (Utusan Malaysia) is most astounding, going against the Barisan Nasional constitution as well as public statements which have been made by Liong Sik, although nobody expects the MCA President to now  publicly challenge Mohamad Rahmat’s misinterpretation of the BN constitution.


What Mohamad Rahmat  did not reveal was the ulterior motives of UMNO in taking a hardline against the MCA leadership on the Penang MCA duo, including among other things, its refusal to allow the PORR project to be challenged or questioned  in any manner from inside the Barisan Nasional as Penang UMNO leaders are the chief  beneficiaries of the PORR contracts – as a precedent for all future UMNO-dominated projects in the state.


Mohamad Rahmat also warned the BN component parties that the next general election was around the corner, asking them to be aware of “global political scenario in the next millennium which saw many ruling parties being rejected by the people”, the latest  example being Kenya where the party which brought independence and ruled the country for more than 40 years was rejected by its own people. (Malaysiakini)


Mohamad Rahmat should not use the  Kenya elections to  further the power tussle inside the Barisan Nasional but instead ask the BN Supreme Council to ponder the real lessons for the repudiation of the 24-year presidency of the Kenya dictator, Daniel arap Moi by the Kenyan voters  – corruption, human rights violation, undemocratic repression  and economic misery of the people of Kenya.


One of the first things that the newly-elected  Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki did on his victory  was to announce  a war against corruption and  to pledge  that all the new Ministers and leaders would publicly declare their assets to set an example of public honesty and integrity.


Mohamad Rahmat would be doing the BN and the country a greater service if he should propose at the BN Supreme Council next Tuesday an all-out war against corruption in Malaysia – starting with the public declaration of assets by all Cabinet Ministers.


* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman