Motion to debate Suhakam Report 2003 submitted to Parliament

Media Conference Statement (2)
by Lim Kit Siang

(Parliament House, Tuesday): I have today  sent in notice for a motion to debate the Suhakam Report 2003 which was tabled in the House yesterday, which reads: 

“That this House takes note of the Suhakam Report 2003 and urges  Suhakam to re-double its efforts to promote and protect hjuman rights as intended by Parliament when enacting the Human Rights Commission Act 2000.” 

The  Cabinet tomorrow should agree to the extension of the present meeting of the Dewan Rakyat by another day, i.e. 15th June, to devote a full day to debate not only the Suhakam Report 2003 but its three other annual reports in 2000, 2001 and 2002 which had been completely ignored by  Parliament in the past. 

Let the present Parliament take its role and commitment seriously  as a Reform Parliament  to become a  “First World Parliament”, in keeping with national aspirations to eradicate the “First World Infrastructure, Third World Mentality” with a “First World Infrastructure, First World Mentality” by demonstrating that Parliament is not behind others in its concern about the protection and promotion of human rights. 

There is another reason why Parliament should send out a loud and clear message, not only to the nation, but to the world, about its commitment to human rights, as Malaysia has again been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Commission  in Geneva  – and Malaysia should not be seen as being in the ranks of countries which are represented on the UN Human Rights Commission but are among  the worst  violaters of human rights in the world! 

Yesterday, the Deputy Works Minister, Mohd Zin bin Mohamed confirmed that over RM80 million would be spent in the current renovation of Parliament, and not just RM50 million. 

Malaysians are entitled to ask whether Parliament has got our priorities right if we could agree to spend RM80 million to renovate Parliament into a glitzy five-star hotel like of building but not prepared to extend the meeting by one day to debate the Suhakam Report 2003, after ignoring and neglecting the previous three Suhakam annual reports.


* Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor & DAP National Chairman