Media Statement (2) by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling
Jaya on Tuesday, 20th January 2009:
Does Cuepacs' Omar know what he's saying?
"Cuepacs: Nizar doesn't know what he's
saying" - New Straits Times today reported the Cuepacs president
Omar Othman denying that civil servants had contributed to Pas' victory
in Saturday's Kuala Terengganu by-election.
The NST reported:
He (Omar) said public services
employees, both those serving the federal and state governments,
fully supported the Barisan Nasional and Umno leadership.
He was commenting on a claim by Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri
Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.
"Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin claimed government staff
serving the federal and state governments sympathised with and
supported Pas," Omar said yesterday.
"He also said they had become more daring to vote for Pas in the
by-election despite being threatened or forced.
"This is a big lie by a man who knows nothing about the public
services or its system.
"The more than 1.2 million civil servants in this country have been
loyal and supportive of the government. There is no doubt about
He said civil servants appreciated what the government had been
doing for them all these years.
"They know who has been fighting for their welfare and paying their
salaries to enable them to feed and support their family. Leave them
alone," Omar said.
Does Omar know what he is saying?
If Nizar's statement that government
servants, both federal and state, sympathized and supported PAS is to be
challenged, it should come from UMNO and Barisan Nasional and not from
How does the Cuepacs President know who the government servants voted
for in the by-election?
Is there no secrecy of the ballot and the constitutional right of every
voter, including a civil servant, to vote freely?
In saying that Nizar had told "a big lie" in claiming that government
servants have become more daring to vote for PAS in the by-election
despite being threatened or forced, Omar has strayed into a territory
which is no business of the Cuepacs President, as it concerns the
constitutional and citizenship right of a government servant to vote
freely without coercion or inducement.
Is Omar seriously suggesting that civil servants in Pakatan Rakyat state
governments should unite and vote against the Pakatan Rakyat candidates
in by-elections or the next general election?
What has happened to the important principle that the civil service
should be non-partisan in political party preferences and should loyally
serve the government-of-the-day which has won the mandate of the people?
If the Cuepacs President can act in repudiation of these fundamental
principles of a functioning democracy, no wonder Malaysia is lagging
behind so many countries in maturing as a normal and healthy democracy.
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor