Hari Raya Puasa message by Lim Kit Siang in
Petaling Jaya on Tuesday, 30th September 2008:
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri – Speak Truth
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all Muslims
As all Malaysians, Muslim and non-Muslim, celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri,
it is appropriate that thought should also be given to recent major
developments in the country, including:
• Blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin spending the
Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Kamunting Detention Centre as an Internal
Security Act detainee, not because RPK has committed any crime but
because of his great act of patriotism to speak truth to power.
Together with RPK in Kamunting Detention Centre are the Hindraf Five
and some 60 other ISA detainees – all of whom should be released
immediately and unconditionally.
• The last Hari Raya Aidilfitri for Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
as Prime Minister as a very clear message has been made in the “926”
Umno Supreme Council emergency meeting that the “knives will be out”
if he does not heed the ultimatum to announce before October 9 that
he will relinquish the post of Prime Minister by March next year and
that he would not seek re-election as Umno President. In case the
message is not clear enough, four UMNO divisions have publicly
stated their intention to nominate Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Tan
Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as candidates for Umno President and Deputy
President respectively. Will there be a stampede of Umno divisions
declaring their intention to nominate Najib and Muhyideen for the
two top Umno posts in the next seven days should Abdullah continue
to be ambivalent whether to re-contest as Umno President or not?
• Whether the Prime Minister presiding over the Hari Raya Aidilfitri
next year will be Najib or Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim heading a new
Pakatan Rakyat federal government; and
• the unprecedented multiple crisis of confidence which had widened
and deepened in the past seven months since the March 8 “political
tsunami:”, whether political, economic, educational, good
governance, nation-building, battle against corruption, eradication
of poverty, international competitiveness, resulting in drift and
total lack of national leadership and direction, driving away FDIs
and rendering the nation ill-prepared to face the financial meltdown
looming in the international financial horizon.
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor