DAP rejects the
contention that Malaysia is an Islamic state and was one long before
Mahathir's "929 Declaration" and calls on Gerakan President Lim Keng Yaik to
apologise to Malaysians for the most unprincipled and slippery political
by Lim Kit Siang
Acting Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said on Saturday
that Malaysia is an Islamic state and was one long before the Prime
Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's "929 declaration" at the Gerakan
national delegates conference on Sept. 29, 2001 that Malaysia was an Islamic
DAP rejects the contention that (i) Malaysia is an Islamic State; and (ii)
that Malaysia was an Islamic state long before the "929 Declaration".
In fact, one week before the "929 Declaration" by Mahathir that Malaysia was
an Islamic state, Gerakan leaders including its President and Primary
Industries Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Lim Keng Yaik were assuring the Sarawak
voters in the 2001 Sarawak state general elections that Malaysia was not an
Islamic state, while falsely accusing DAP leaders of wanting to set up an
In the event, it is now proved by events that it was the Gerakan leaders who
supported the establishment of an Islamic state and not the DAP.
But what is really shocking is that the Gerakan-led Penang State Government
should have co-organised a seminar whose main objective was to try to
convince the people of Penang to lead Malaysians to accept the "929
Declaration" on the ground that (i) Malaysia is an Islamic state and (2)
that it was one long before the "929 Declaration" by Mahathir at the Gerakan
national delegates conference.
In his speech on Saturday, Abdullah revealed that Mahathir's "929
Declaration" on Sept. 29, 2001 that Malaysia was an Islamic state had been
made "with the consensus" of all Barisan Nasional leaders, including Keng
Yaik and the MCA President, Datuk Seri Dr. Ling Liong Sik .
DAP calls on the Gerakan leaders, in particular Keng Yaik, to apologise to
the people of Penang and Malaysians for the most unprincipled and slippery
political opportunism, in declaring that Malaysia was not an Islamic state
in the Sarawak state general elections in September 2001 while doing a
somersault a week later to support the "929 Declaration" that Malaysia was
an Islamic state, although this goes against the 1957 Merdeka Constitution,
the "social contract" and the 1963 Malaysia Agreement that Malaysia is a
democratic, secular and multi-religious nation with Islam as the official
religion but Malaysia is not an Islamic state, whether ala-PAS or ala-UMNO.
With the Gerakan spearheading a new campaign to convince the people of
Penang and Malaysia to accept the unconstitutional "929 Declaration", DAP
will redouble our efforts and energies in our "No to 929" national campaign
to protect the fundamental constitutional principle and nation-building
cornerstone of Malaysia as a secular nation with Islam as the official
religion - bearing fully in mind the famous legacy speech of Bapa Malaysia
and first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman on his 80th birthday on
February 8, 1983, reminding Barisan Nasional leaders and Malaysians "not to
turn Malaysia into an Islamic state".
Lim Kit Siang, DAP National