Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling
Friday, 5th December 2008:
Mukriz cannot quote Razak as authority and
protection for his call for closure of Chinese and Tamil primary schools
as he had violated Razak's "sensitive" issues
The Umno Youth chief candidate Datuk Mukhriz
Mahathir now claims that he is only emulating the second Prime Minister,
Tun Razak when he proposed the scrapping of the current dual-stream
system of national and vernacular schools to be replaced with a single
school system as the only way to check racial polarization.
However, Mukriz should should realize that it was Razak who amended the
Malaysian Constitution in 1971 to make it an offence of sedition to
propose the closure of Chinese and Tamil primary schools.
Umno Youth leader and Education Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin
Hussein has stepped forward to rescue Mukriz by claiming that Mukriz'
call, which must imply the closure of Chinese and Tamil primary schools
as they exist at present, is not seditious.
Such a statement coming from Hishammudin is understandable but the
Education Minister should realise that he cannot usurp the functions and
powers of the Attorney-General and the judiciary by overturning clear
legal precedents that any call for the closure of Chinese and Tamil
primary schools runs afoul of the four "sensitive issues" protected by
the 1971 Constitution Amendment by making it an offence of sedition to
question them, to the extent of even removing parliamentary immunity on
these four "sensitive" issues.
I am not advocating that Mukriz be charged under the Sedition Act which
could involve his disqualification as MP for Jerlun and the
disenfranchisement of his civil rights to hold office in any political
party or society for five years if he is convicted and fined RM2,000 or
jailed for more than a year, but Mukriz should realize that he has
committed the offence of sedition as he has violated the constitutional
prohibition against any questioning of the four sensitive issues which
was initiated by Tun Razak when he became the second Prime Minister in
Malaysians are however outraged by police double-standards when MCA
Deputy President Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek could immediately be
summoned by the police for investigation into his remarks on ketuanan
Melayu which have the most remote connection with the offence of
sedition while police have been completely indifferent in the Mukriz
Mukriz should not try to defend the indefensible claiming that he had
not called for the Chinese and Tamil primary schools to be closed down,
as he knows better than anybody else that the Chinese and Tamil primary
schools as they exist at present would have to be closed down if his
proposal is to be implemented.
Mukriz should apologise for his error as well as admit that he could not
quote Razak as authority and protection, as Mukriz had violated the 1971
Constitutional Amendment which was spearheaded by none other than Razak
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor