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Media statement by Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, 30th January 2012: 

UMNO and Utusan Malaysia has lost credibility even amongst Malays  

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhydin Yassin's attack on DAP as chauvinistic and anti-Malay as well as Utusan Malaysia's incendiary statement that DAP is the world's most racist party shows their sheer frustration that more and more Malays no longer believe in UMNO and Utusan until some have even joined the DAP. Utusan Malaysia has lost credibility even amongst Malays when Utusan Malaysia was found guilty by the Penang High Court of spreading lies and ordered to pay RM200,000 for defaming me as anti-Islam and anti-Malay.

Tan Sri Muhyidin has no right to call DAP chauvisnistic when DAP is multi-racial and open to all Malaysians whereas Tan Sri Muhydin is Malay first and Malaysian second. Tan Sri Muhyidin's refusal to condemn Utusan Malaysia for calling the tragic May 13 riots which caused the deaths of thousands of Malaysians, mainly non-Malays, as a sacred day shows who is the real chauvinist and racist.

DAP is proud of its record of defending the rights of all Malaysians including Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans and orang asli. There is a growing number of Malays who no longer believe in UMNO and Utusan's lies against the DAP when DAP has defended the rights of all Malaysians.

I am proud of goint to prison for fighting against the injustice inflicted on a poor Malay family in Melaka. Has any BN leader gone to prison for defending the rights of Malays or non-Malays? Yes, BN leaders have gone to prison but not for the rakyat but for corruption or cheating the rakyat's monies.

The recent Penang High Court's decision against Utusan Malaysia proves that both DAP and myself is neither anti-Malay nor anti-Islam. Instead more allocation funding were given for Malays and Islam in Penang as compared to the previous BN administration.

Utusan's latest attack against the DAP as the world's most racist party follows Lim Kit Siang's response to MCA President Dr Chua Soi Lek recent call for Chinese voters not to experiment with change but support BN. Why is it ok for Chua to call on Chinese voters to unite against change and support BN but not ok for Lim Kit Siang to call on Chinese voters to unite and ensure a change of government by supporting PR?

Is DAP a racist party for asking for action against corruption such as calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry on the RM250 million cows and condos scandal involving a family of a Cabinet Minister? Is DAP racist for attacking UMNO for refusing to act against those who lost RM52 billion in bumi shares meant for the poor and ordinary Malays but who did not receive a single share? Is DAP racist for questioning the RM7.07 billion 60-year highway concession from Banting to Taiping granted to Kumpulan Europlus Bhd which is owned by a non-Malay?

Abraham Lincoln was reputed to have said that, "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." Clearly the time is up for Utusan Malaysia when even Malays no longer believe what is printed in Utusan.

*Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary General & MP for Bagan



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