Police should investigate
the March 16 “phantom election advert” in all Chinese press on Abdullah as
“modern-day Justice Bao” and confessing that the BN government was “corrupt
and rotten to the very core” and whether MCA and Gerakan election victories
were because of the BIG LIE of the “phantom adverts”
Media Conference Statement
- at the Petaling Jaya Central Police Station (Section 8)
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Friday): I have lodged a police report at the Petaling Jaya Central Police Station asking for police investigations into the March 16 “phantom election advert” in all Chinese press on Abdullah as “modern-day Justice Bao” and confessing that the Barisan National government was “corrupt and rotten to the very core” and whether MCA and Gerakan election victories were because of the BIG LIE of the “phantom adverts”.
My police report reads:
Nazri’s denial of authorization or knowledge of the Barisan Nasional for the “Abdullah as Justice Bao & BN government corrupt and rotten to the very core” advertisement in all the Chinese newspapers on March 16 has raised grave questions about the legitimacy of the Barisan Nasional electoral victory, particularly those of MCA and Gerakan candidates in view of the exclusive readership of the “phantom election adverts” by the Chinese-reading community.
In fact, the shocker of the “phantom election adverts” on “Abdullah as Justice Bao” and confessing that the BN government was “corrupt and rotten to the very core” has also raised questions about the authencity and legitimacy of all full-page election advertisements bearing the Barisan Nasional logo in the Chinese newspapers, such as the second “Abdullah as Justice Bao” advertisement on 17th March with his photograph with the pledge “to reduce red tape and promote integrity and transparency”; the third “Abdullah as Justice Bao” advertisement that Abdullah’s ”hand will not weaken” in the all-out campaign against corruption; the full-page advertisement on 19th March pledging “fair treatment for mother-tongue education” and that “all educational issues must be resolved swiftly, including the problem of teacher shortage in Chinese primary schools, which should not be politicized”.
The integrity, credibility and legitimacy of all Barisan Nasional advertisements or those bearing the Barisan Nasional logo and the photograph of Abdullah which appeared in all language print media – as well as electronic media –have all been called into question. These BN election advertisements would have cost tens of millions of ringgit, and bring them to close to RM100 million for all Barisan Nasional advertising in the recent general election.
The police should extend its investigations into all the Barisan Nasional general election advertisements or those bearing the BN logo, to ascertain who must bear direct responsibility for the ‘’phantom election advertisements” which had been fraudulently foisted on the 10 million voters in the last general election, without the authority or even knowledge of the Barisan Nasional, the source of their funding and the motives and consequences of such a massive “phantom election advertisement” scam.
* Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader,
Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor & DAP National Chairman