Media Statement (2) by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday, 15th April 2009:
“1Malaysia” means “Arise Malaysians” or “Arise Malays”, “Arise Chinese”, “Arise Indians,”Arise Kadazans”, “Arise Ibans”?
Although the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that “1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now” is the overarching philosophy of his premiership, the two following headlines of two newspapers today illustrate the two extremes of interpretation of his “1Malaysia”:
What would be the reaction of Utusan Malaysia and those quoted in the Utusan Malaysia report if the Chinese and Tamil newspapers have published similar headlines and reports of “Chinese Arise” and “Indians Arise” respectively?
In fact, these developments highlight the utter failure of the 52-year nation-building programme of the Umno-dominated Barisan Nasional/Alliance coalition.
Najib said yesterday that he would explain his 1Malaysia concept to his Ministers at the first meeting of his Cabinet today.
Does 1Malaysia mean “Arise Malaysians” or “Arise Malays”, “Arise Chinese”, “Arise Indians”, “Arise Kadazans”, “Arise Ibans”?
He has a lot to explain not only to his Ministers but to the 27 million Malaysian people!
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor