Will the four public universities which is organising the Malay Dignity Congress on Sunday organise a Chinese Malaysian Dignity Congress, Indian Malaysian Dignity Congress, Kadazan Dignity Congress, Dayak Dignity Congress, Orang Asli Dignity Congress and most important of all, a Malaysian Dignity Congress?

Four public universities, namely Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and UiTM are organising a Malay Dignity Congress at Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam on Sunday.

Would these four public universities be organising a Chinese Malaysian Dignity Congress, Indian Malaysian Dignity Congress, Kadazan Dignity Congress, Dayak Dignity Congress, Orang Asli Dignity Congress and most important of all, a Malaysian Dignity Congress?

This is among the many questions that have arisen among Malaysians on the holding of the Malay Dignity Congress on Sunday.

There can be only be dignity for Malaysia if every ethnic and religious group in Malaysia enjoys dignity – which will be in keeping with the fundamental principles in the Malaysian Constitution and the Rukunegara.

Will the Malay Dignity Congress reaffirm these fundamental principles in the Constitution and the Rukunegara and denounce destructive and divisive principles which subvert the Constitution and the Rukunegara, such as the stand that one must vote for a Muslim candidate even if he is a kleptocrat or that a Malay can only support a Muslim candidate!

Will the Malay Dignity Congress craft a strategy for Malaysians to develop a new self-confidence of “reaching for the stars”, a new “Malaysia Boleh” spirit, to exorcise the various contrived, imaginary and other baseless fears and demons for Malaysia to excel itself in various fields of human endeavour so as to achieve a golden age for Malaysia?

Malaysia had suffered unprecedented infamy, ignominy and iniquity for being condemned by the world as a global kleptocracy with a Malaysian ranked among the world’s top kleptocrats. What contribution the Malay Dignity Congress can make to redeem Malaysia’s honour, dignity, reputation and good name, at home and in the international arena?

Malaysia is presently ranked No. 61 in the latest Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI). If Malaysia is to transform itself to become a leading nation of integrity in the world, it should aim to be ranked among the top 30 nations in the TI CPI 2030. Does the Malay Dignity Congress endorse this objective and any ideas how Malaysia can achieve it?

The involvement of four public universities in hosting the Malay Dignity Congress put education in the forefront. What strategy it proposes for an educational revolution to ensure quality education for all Malaysians, not only to ensure that Malaysian universities rank among the top universities of the world but Malaysian school children are in the top one-third bracket in international tests for mathematics and science instead of presently relegated to the bottom one-third bracket of nations?

Does the Malay Dignity Congress endorse the vision of Malaysia becoming a top world-class nation of unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity?

Malaysia is now in a ludicrous scenario where every ethnic community, whether Malay, Chinese or Indian, is consumed with fear, distrust and hatred believing that it is facing an existential threat to its rights, position and future in Malaysia.

This is the result of the untrammelled spread of fake news and hate speech especially on the social media to incite inter-racial and inter-religious polarisation and conflagration.

Will the Malay Dignity Congress on Sunday spearhead a media literacy campaign to deactivate these time-bombs to Malaysian nation-building which can only spell disaster for peace, tolerance, harmony and success in plural Malaysia?

Will the Congress on Sunday give birth to a time-line and vision for Malaysia to be a show-case to the world of the success of Malaysia from an Alliance of Civilisations not a failure from the Clash of Civilisations, as Malaysia is the confluence of the world’s great civilisations – Malay/Islamic, Chinese, Indian and Western?

I hope answers to these questions could be found in the Malay Dignity Congress on Sunday.

MP FOR ISKANDAR PUTERI
Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah on Friday, 4th October 2019