Calling Prime Minister to initiate a process of national healing

Press Statement
by Dr Tan Seng Giaw

(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): I received a call from a member of public that Anwar Ibrahim was released a while ago. How I wish that such“news” turns out to be true and not a mere April Fool joke.

This has prompted me to ask our triumphant Prime Minister to start a national healing process. Pak Lah is indeed in the best position after winning ninety percent of the parliamentary seats in the just concluded general elections. He has a mandate to do whatever he feels is right and good for our beloved nation and its people.

With such a huge mandate from the people, no one can prevent Pak Lah from allowing Anwar to seek medical treatment. Or order the original SJKC Damansara to be reopened tomorrow. He should also direct Ong Ka Ting to stop building the RM1.5 billion incinerator (cancer factory!) in Broga. The list can go on and on, thanks to the 22 long years of Mahathir’s iron rule.

DAP has described the fouled up 11th general election as the “most unfair and dirtiest” general election. DAP is in the process of compiling evidences and complaints from our candidates and agents for possible legal actions against the EC and certain phantom voters.

There is much anger and frustrations among the Barisan Alternatif (BA) members and supporters who believed that Abdullah’s coalition has collaborated with the Election Commission to steal their victory away from their parties. PAS and Parti Keadilan Rakyat have openly refused to recognize the 11th general election.

I am particularly concerned with the fact that more and more people have lost confidence with the current electoral system that forms the basis of a democratic system. What is going to happen to this country if more and more people believe that the electoral process is not clean and trustworthy and there is not much hope in winning any election? Would they resort to avenues other than the democratic process out of despair and frustrations?

The legitimacy of Pak Lah’s government hinges on a fair and clean general election. It’s wrong for him to adopt an attitude of “leaving it to the EC” after winning the elections while he was seen to collaborated with the EC before the election. He has, for instance, yet to justify for the “shortest” campaign period in the Malaysian history. He has no reasons not to form a Royal Commission to get to the bottom of the electoral fiasco to show that his ruling coalition has nothing to hide.

Pak Lah has also disappointed many Malaysians when he broke his promise for a clean and trustworthy new cabinet- the so-called” Cabinet of the Future”. No wonder many Malaysians have now begun to wonder whether Pak Lah is sincere in fighting against corruption.

But if he is bold enough to start a national healing process, I believe every Malaysian, regardless of their political inclinations, will throw their full support behind him.

A national healing process is imperative for Malaysia. We were plagued with all sorts of problems for too long. It’s in the interest of Pak Lah and other BN leaders to resolve all these issues in order to achieve real harmony among the people.

Pak Lah has pledged to be a leader for all. It’s time for him to swing into actions.

Yes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We will certainly cheer on when we see real actions.


* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP national publicity secretary