Speech by Lim Kit Siang at the
Penang DAP ceramah on “ISA detention of Hindraf 5” at the Penang Chinese
Town Hall on Saturday, 26th January 2008 at 10 pm:
Approval rating for Abdullah as PM among Indians plunged by 54% from
82% to 38% before and after the Nov. 25 Hindraf demonstration and would
have plunged even lower as evident from the 30% to 50% lower turnout of
the Batu Caves Thaipusam crowd
Today’s press reported that Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib
Razak said in Seremban that the people must reject leaders who fail to
perform when given the opportunity.
Apart from aiming his shots at the Opposition, many must be wondering
who in the ruling coalition could Najib be directing his fire.
Could he be referring to Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, who is fighting for
his political life after being MIC President and sole Indian Cabinet
Minister for over 28 years – and who was recently snubbed
internationally when the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M. Karunanidi
refused to grant him “an audience” despite Samy Vellu waiting for an
appointment from him for three days in Chennai or after following
Karunanidi to New Delhi!
Or could Najib be referring to Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who, to
use Lingam-lingo, “looks like the Prime Minister, speaks like the Prime
Minister, but nobody can 100% say is the Prime Minister”?
Abdullah has been Prime Minister for four years and his four-year report
card is one of dismal failure.
Malaysians now feel more unsafe in the streets, public places and even
privacy of their homes because of endemic crime as compared to when
Abdullah became Prime Minister four years ago.
Corruption in Malaysia has become even more rampant and uncontrollable
today as compared to four years ago when Abdullah started his
premiership with the pledge to make anti-corruption the distinctive
hallmark of his administration.
Malaysians today have never been more disunited, alienated and
polarized, particularly over religion, than when he first became Prime
Minister four years ago.
Today, the marginalized groups, particularly the Malaysian Indians who
have become the new underclass, felt never felt more aggrieved,
discriminated against and marginalized!
This is why Abdullah’s approval rating had plunged in four years from a
high of 91% when he became Prime Minister to a low of 61% in December
last month, according to an opinion poll conducted by Merdeka Centre.
Even more serious, Abdullah’s approval rating among Indians plunged by a
shocking 54% before and after the Hindraf demonstration on Nov. 25 last
In Sept. 07, Abdullah’s approval rating among the Indians polled stood
at 82% but by Dec. 14, when the last poll was conducted, his approval
rating among the Indians have plummeted to 38% - registering one of the
sharpest drops in so short a time.
However, an opinion poll conducted now would show an even lower approval
rating of below 30% or lower for Abdullah among Malaysian Indians, if
the 30% to 50% lower turnout of the Thaipusam crowd at Batu Caves last
Wednesday is any indication.
Makkal Sakti (People’s Power) is in manifestation throughout the country
and Barisan Nasional leaders, whether Samy Vellu or Abdullah ignore it
at their own peril.
Kit Siang, Parliamentary
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman