Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling
on Tuesday, 22nd July 2008:
UMNO-PAS “Malay Unity” talk
The Federal Government spent RM100 million for the 50th Merdeka
anniversary celebrations last year. For what?
It should be to celebrate half-a-century of nationhood to build a
multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-lingual nation
where our diversity is the strongest national asset and to chart out the
path to achieve the Vision 2020 objective of a Bangsa Malaysia in the
remaining 13 years.
But Malaysian nation-building has gone backwards and the Vision 2020
objective of a “Bangsa Malaysia” is increasingly frowned upon as a
The recent revelation by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Badawi that there has been three Umno-PAS talks on address issues of
Muslim and Malay unity since the March 8, 2008 general election has
raised to the fore the question why the pre-eminent issue bothering the
Prime Minister is still that of Malay unity rather than Malaysian unity.
Has he forgotten another of his pledges to be the Prime Minister of all
Malaysians and not just for any race?
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor