Media Statement (2) by Lim Kit Siang
in Parliament on Wednesday, 30th January 2008:
Lim Keng Yaik wrestling with the truth and his dubious 36-year
I received an email from a political observer who noted that Datuk Seri
Dr. Lim Keng Yaik, the retiring Minister for Energy, Water and
Communications appeared to be wrestling with the truth and his dubious
36-year political legacy.
This is the email that I received referring to Keng Yaik:
“With his political career coming to an end after 36 years, LKY has been
wrestling with the truth and his political legacy.
“Four days ago, LKY joked in Malacca that he wanted to retire as after
being scolded by Lim Kit Siang-Lim Guan Eng father-and-son for his whole
life, he did not want to be scolded by the grandson!
“It has been perceptively observed that there is always a kernel of
truth even in jokes made by politicians, and LKY is no exception. In his
subconscious, he is aware that he has left a dubious political legacy
after 36 years which cannot stand scrutiny whether by the present or
“As one of the longest-serving Cabinet Ministers, together with MIC
President Samy Vellu, LKY will have to accept full responsibility for
the parlous state of the Malaysian nation today 50 years after Merdeka –
in particular, in abandoning the Merdeka social contract on a secular
nation by being the first national leader to support Mahathir’s
declaration of Malaysia as an Islamic state, the rise in religious
intolerance and extremism, the extension of the New Economic Policy from
20 years to 50 years, the plunge in educational standards and
international competitiveness, the destruction of an independent
judiciary and professional police, the rise in crime, rampant
corruption, gross human rights abuses through ISA detentions and
suppression of press freedoms.
“These are o failures by LKY to future generations. No wonder LKY is
afraid of being scolded by Lim Kit Siang’s grandson, representing a
third generation of Malaysians!
“Two days ago, however, LKY was trying to hide the truth. He accused the
Lim Kit Siang-Lim Guan Eng father-and-son of wanting to build a ‘Lim
dynasty’ in Penang, claiming that Kit Siang would abandon Perak and
together with Guan Eng jointly attack Penang – and declaring that he
would not allow the duo to succeed.
“Here, LKY was hiding the truth, that the Gerakan leaders are worried
about such a scenario in Penang.”
I find this email a most interesting analysis. Food for thought, indeed.
Kit Siang, Parliamentary
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman