Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling
Jaya on Tuesday, 13th January 2009:
Almost daily reminder of deterioration of
quality of life in Malaysia – whether in crime, health or education
There is almost a daily reminder of
deterioration of quality of life in Malaysia – with three news items
today highlighting worsening crime, health and education conditions in
The first is the shocking news “MIC division treasurer killed by
intruders” (the Sun), on the latest victim of endemic crime in
Malaysia – MIC Ipoh Barat division treasurer N. Sidambaram, 64, who was
killed by six parang-wielding intruders in his house on Jalan Wayang in
Buntung, Ipoh early yesterday morning.
This comes on the heel of the attack on the Tawau acting OCPD Supt Ramli
Ali Mat who was seriously injured after being stabbed in his house by a
group of five men and the attack on another policeman, L/Kpl S.
Paramasivam, 49, who was beaten up by a group of 10 Mat Rempits using
helmets and metal roads while on anti-crime rounds in Kuala Lumpur
requiring five stitches for his wound in his head, both incidents
happening in the first 12 days of the new year.
These crimes provide vivid illustration of the serious breakdown of law
and order in Malaysia with the government unable to deliver its most
elementary duty – to ensure the safety of its citizens, visitors and
The second is the report that the dengue toll had climbed relentlessly
to 112 dengue deaths last year – with the Health Minister, Datuk Liow
Tiong Lai continuing to show no real ministerial concern or interest to
the worst dengue epidemic and mortality figure in the nation’s history!
What has happened to Malaysia’s previous reputation for excellent public
health services and standards?
The third is Singapore Straits Times report “Singapore’s top
student is Malaysian” – Haw Sue Hern from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’
School, Singapore (who is from Subang Jaya ) who scored 10 A1s making
her top O-level performer out of 36,640 students in Singapore.
This highlights the grave and continuing problem of “brain drain”,
giving a most adverse reflection on the education system in the country
- especially taken into account the indifferent and irresponsible
attitude adopted by the Education Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin
Hussein, who is still to break his month-long silence and explain
Malaysia’s disastrous showing in the 60-nation Trends in International
Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2007 for Year-8 secondary
Instead of transforming ourselves from a nation with “First World
Infrastructure, Third World Mentality” into a “First World
Infrastructure, First World Mentality”, we are heading in the opposite
direction towards a nation with deteriorating quality of life for
When we have a Health Minister who is not concerned about the dengue
epidemic and the unprecedented dengue toll and cases last year; a Home
Minister not concerned about the endemic crime in the country where
Malaysians are no more safe whether in the streets, public places or
even in the privacy of their homes; or an Education Minister unconcerned
about deteriorating educational standards, the first conditions for
reform to ensure all Malaysians to enjoy quality healthcare, education
and personal safety are just not present.
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor