Speech (2) by Lim Kit Siang at the
2,000-People Puchong DAP dinner at 14ms Puchong, Selangor on Sunday, 5th October 2008:
Leaders/Ministers of MCA, Gerakan, MIC,
SUPP and other BN parties should demand agreement by their Umno
counterparts in Cabinet and BN Supreme Council to release Hindraf 5
latest by Deepavali, and unconditional release for RPK and all other ISA
With the approach of their respective party
conferences and elections, It is common nowadays to read of the fierce
speeches and statements by leaders and ministers of MCA, Gerakan, MIC,
SUPP and other Barisan Nasional component parties, undertaking to learn
from the mistakes of the past and pledging to stop being puppets or
parrots of UMNO “Big Brother” and to speak up for the basic rights and
interests of the people.
All these are political “sharp practices” – as the leaders and Ministers
from MCA, Gerakan, MIC, SUPP and other BN component parties are equally
guilty as their Umno counterparts for the worsening multiple crisis of
confidence in the past seven months because of their failure to insist
on government reforms after the March 8 political tsunami.
Seven full months have passed since the March general elections – and it
is not only the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and
UMNO which have nothing to show, the MCA, Gerakan, MIC, SUPP and other
BN component parties have also nothing to show in terms of long-needed
What is worse, things have gone from back to worse as could be seen by
the worsening multiple crisis of confidence, whether political,
economic, educational, institutional, anti-corruption or
In the last seven months, nation-building suffered a major setback when
Umno leaders took communalism to a new height in drumming up slogans on
“ketuanan Melayu” when all Malaysians should be focusing on “ketuanan
rakat Malaysia” after more than half-a-century of nation-building.
UMNO Bukit Bendera division chief Ahmad Ibrahim’s “Chinese are penumpang”
was the last straw, furnishing another completely unacceptable example
of first-generation or second-generation locally-born “bumiputras”
questioning the loyalty and patriotism of sixth or seven-generation
It was after the March 8 “political tsunami” that human rights and
Internet freedoms suffered grievous blows when the Internal Security Act
again became an instrument of political oppression when it was used to
detain DAP MP for Seputeh, Teresa Kok, Sin Chew senior reporter, Tan
Hoon Cheng and Malaysian blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin.
It was also during the past seven months that nothing was done to free
the Hindraf Five and the other ISA detainees from the draconian
So what is the use of promising that in future, they will speak out
vigorously for the rights and interests of Malaysians when in the past
seven months, the leaders and Ministers of MCA, Gerakan, MIC, SUPP and
other BN component parties have been equally guilty like their UMNO
counterparts in not doing anything to initiate reforms to end these
nation-building excesses and human rights abuses?
For a start, are all the leaders and Ministers of MCA, Gerakan, MIC,
SUPP and other BN component parties prepared to take a common stand to
demand for support from the Umno leaders and Ministers in Cabinet and
the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council that the Hindraf Five should be
released from ISA latest by Deepavali on October 28, that RPK and all
other ISA detainees must similarly be released unconditionally?
Furthermore, that unless their Umno counterparts agree to the release of
Hindraf Five, RPK and all other ISA detainees, MCA, Gerakan, MIC, SUPP
and all other BN component parties must decide whether it serve any
purpose for them to remain in Barisan Nasional.
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor