Statement By Lim Guan Eng In Petaling Jaya On 5.2.2008:
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Should Ban Racially-based Parties And Opening Up
UMNO to All Races To Prove His Sincerity In Disavowing Racial Politics
And Not Wanting A Government Made Up Of One Race
over-reaction that the Chinese community would lose all influence in
government, by responding to DAP’s appeal to the voters to express their
disapproval of UMNO’s poor governance and political dominance in
government by reducing MCA’s votes or seats by 10%, is no different from
a person faking death to avoid debt-collectors. Malaysians were owed a
debt of promises by BN that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Badawi failed to deliver, and the people must demand full repayment. The
people must not be tricked by such faking of death but demand a complete
accounting of BN’s non-performance and poor governance.
expected MCA’s over-reaction as if losing 10% of their present 31
parliamentary seats which comes out to 3 seats is the end of the world.
However no one expected the Prime Minister to ape MCA’s childish and
irresponsible antics by saying that he would be sad to see a one-race
government if MCA or Gerakan were to lose badly. How can losing 3 seats
or only 10% be seen as losing badly and result in a one-race government
when MCA would still have 28 parliamentary seats, double that of DAP?
If the Prime
Minister is sincere in not wanting a government dominated by one race
then, he should disavow racial politics by banning racially-based
parties and opening up UMNO to all races. After 50 years of Merdeka, the
Prime Minister should stop projecting himself as a Malay leader first
but as a Malaysian leader first and a Malay leader second.
MCA’s use of
statistics to show that if DAP were to succeed in reducing MCA’s
parliamentary seats by 10%, MCA’s strength would be reduced by 30% is a
classic example how statistics can be misused to lie, deceive and
mislead. Despite such worries, MCA and UMNO is confidently talking about
winning back two parliamentary seats from DAP in Perak(Ipoh Timor and
Ipoh Barat) and all four parliamentary seats from DAP Federal
Territory(Seputih, Cheras, Kepong and Bukit Bintang).
Prime Minister, MCA & Gerakan are trying to frighten the voters to vote
for MCA/Gerakan despite the fact that a vote for MCA/Gerakan equals to a
vote for UMNO. UMNO’s political dominance is unhealthy and harms
democracy as well as damage the enjoyment of fundamental liberties and
fulfillment of human potential. Worse of all by continuing to divide
Malaysians between first and second-class citizens, bumis and non-bumis,
the spirit of national unity and racial interaction is slowly
disappearing day by day.
whether Chinese, Malay or Indian can accept that a first generation
Malaysian like Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Khir Toyo, whose father
is an Indonesian, has more rights and status than a non-Malay non-bumi
whose families have been here hundreds of years. No Malaysian poor wants
to be deceived that they are poor because the other communities are rich
when the poor can see that poverty is colour-blind. Everyone believes
that all religions teaches us to do good and have common values that are
universal. For UMNO to discriminate the people based on race and that
one religion is dominant and superior over others is perpetuating the
British colonialists’ policy of “divide and rule” to stay in power.
should strive to break UMNO’s political dominance that has only
engendered rampant corruption, escalating crime and inflation inflicting
financial hardships on Malaysians sharpening the income inequality
between the rich and poor until Malaysia has the worst income disparity
in South-East Asia. By continuing to support UMNO’s political dominance
and UMNO’s allies in MCA, Gerakan, MIC and SUPP, Malaysians are
endorsing BN’s abuse of power, poor governance and discriminatory
MCA/Gerakan/MIC are to UMNO’s failures, faults and defects can be seen
by their blindly supporting extremist UMNO wakil rakyats who destroy
Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu temples, want to take down the Christian
cross from mission schools, insult women, minorities and disabled with
derogatory remarks. Are there no other qualified Malaysians with the
decency, moral fibre, intelligence and respect for all Malaysians to be
elected as wakil rakyats?
can do better in the qualities of our wakil rakyats. Adopting a
performance based criteria, uniting under a common goal of democracy and
sharing economic prosperity is the concrete solution towards a brighter
future for all Malaysians.
Lim Guan Eng,