Media Statement by Parliamentary
Opposition Leader and DAP MP for Ipoh Timur Lim Kit Siang in Parliament
on Monday, 14th January 2008:
Call for Commission of Inquiry into all murdered politicians since
2000 to establish whether their killings have any links with politics
and whether there is any evidence of terrorism or increasing violence
infiltrating into politics
In an immediate reaction to the gangland-style killing of Johore MIC
Deputy Chief and Tenggaroh State Assemblyman Datuk S. Krishnasamy in
Johore Baru on Friday, MIC President and Works Minister Datuk Seri S.
Samy Vellu revealed that Krishnasamy had received death threats week
before he was murdered. He ordered all MIC buildings to beef up
Many questions cry out for answer. Firstly, why didn’t Samy Vellu, who
was informed of the earlier death threats by Krishnasamy, take the
In the past decade, two MIC State Assemblymen had been shot dead in
public, the previous case being Lunas State Assemblyman in Kedah, Dr.
Joe Fernandez, 54, who was shot three times by two men at the Jalan Maju
Jalan Harapan junction in Bukit Mertajam on a motorcycle while driving
home from his clinic in Kulim on Nov. 5, 2000. Is there any reason why
the two cases of elected representatives shot to death in public places
were both from the MIC?
Thirdly, in ordering that all MIC buildings beef up security, is Samy
Vellu suggesting that the killing of Krishnasamy is related to his
On the day of his killing, it was reported that business rivalry was not
ruled out in Krishnasamy’s murder.
Deputy Internal Security Minister, Datuk Johari Baharum said in Jitra
yesterday that he believed that Krishnasamy’s killing had nothing to do
However, today’s Star reported that just hours after the slaying of
Krishnasamy on Friday, a senior national MIC leader received a call
saying he was next on the hit list.
Is there a hit list to kill MIC politicians and what is the cause of
this hit list? The public must not be kept in the dark as they are
entitled to know the full facts as to whether there is a hit list to
kill MIC politicians and if so, the reasons for such a hit list.
Has Malaysian politics degenerated into the gutter and is infiltrated by
gangsters, terrorists and other violent tendencies?
This is a matter of grave concern not only to politicians but to the
Malaysian public whether Malaysia has cross into uncharted territory
where gangsterism, terrorism and violence of whatever genre has becoming
part and parcel of Malaysian politics - which all right-thinking and
peace-loving Malaysians must oppose and reject.
This was why I had phoned up the Johore Chief Police Officer, Datuk
Hussein Ismail yesterday to enquire whether there is any evidence or
signs to link Krishnasamy’s murder with politics.
Although Hussein said the police was keeping an open mind to look at all
possible angles, the very fact that the Johore Police Chief had not
openly said that there were indications to link Krishnasamy’s murder
with politics is welcome news that such links had not been established.
If there are indications of the infiltration of terrorism or violence
into the political arena, an all-party summit of political leaders
should be convened to nip in the bud all such undesirable tendencies.
In the past few years, there had been several killings of politicians
like the murder of a Kedah MCA Youth leader Ching Eng Wah, 43, in Padang
Serai in August last year.
The Cabinet on Wednesday should give serious attention to the murder of
politicians and form a Commission of Inquiry into all cases of murdered
politicians since 2000 to establish whether they have any links with
politics and whether there is any evidence of terrorism or increasing
violence infiltrating into Malaysian politics.
Kit Siang, Parliamentary
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman