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Bung Moktar’s tips will make UMNO an eternal opposition, never to return to the corridors of power

I am tickled no end by the tips given by UMNO Supreme Council member Bung Karno Radin on how to be an effective opposition.

He said Umno should adopt the mindset and modus operandi of Pakatan Harapan when the latter was still the federal opposition, “walloping” and throwing apparent allegations around with no fear of legal consequences.

He said: “They fight the (then-BN) government non-stop, they kept throwing speculation and as a result, many of them were charged in courts. They just walloped Umno and BN, they don’t care.

“So, we want to work out like that. Or better than the previous opposition.”

Bung Karno’s tips will make UMNO an eternal opposition, never to return to the corridors of power.

In my 53 years in Opposition politics, I never operated in the manner described by Bung Karno as the role of Opposition leaders, and I can say the same for the other Pakatan Harapan leaders.

I do not believe Malaysians voted for a change of government in Putrajaya because they support our fighting the Barisan Nasional non-stop, “walloping” UMNO and BN and throwing “apparent allegations around” with no fear of legal consequences.

This only shows the it is not just Najib Razak who has still to wake up from his bubble and denial syndrome over the UMNO/BN electoral disaster, many UMNO/BN leaders themselves have not really learnt the reasons why they had been rejected by the electorate in the 14GE.

I am prepared to give free tuition to UMNO/BN on how to be an constructive and effective opposition, for I want to see the historic and watershed 14GE on May 9,. 2018 plant firm roots of democracy in Malaysia – which means checks-and-balance mechanisms not only in the ruling parties themselves, but also effective and constructive roles by the Opposition, the media and civil society.

But DEFINITELY not the role of an Opposition envisaged by Bung Karno, which is dishonest, destructive and divisive for a democratic and successful Malaysian society.

DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Iskandar Puteri
Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, 10th June 2018