Media Conference Statement by Lim Kit Siang Perak DAP Hqrs in Ipoh on Friday, 12th June 2009 at 12.45 pm:
Ong Tee Keat should explain why he is on the run from my “three questions a day” on the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal instead of trotting out “old politics” which had been rejected by Malaysians in last year’s political tsunami
“Kit Siang ‘misled community’” – New Straits Times
“What’s your stand, Kit Siang asked” – The Star
Screaming headlines attacking me are back in the Barisan Nasional-controlled mainstream media.
Suddenly the MCA President, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat himself has led a ferocious political charge against me, challenging me to state my stand on the resolutions tabled by PAS at its muktamar last week and wanting me to apologise for misleading and betraying the Chinese community for supporting Pas.
This is the New Straits Times report:
This is the Star report:
I confess that I would have been very worried if this had happened ten years ago with me as the subject of such massive firepower by the MCA President, enlisting the full support of the infamous mainstream media, totally blacking me out in a one-sided campaign of vilification painting me as a traitor of the Chinese in Malaysia and a stooge of PAS!
But this was the “old politics” of the past 50 years which had been decisively rejected by Malaysians in the political tsunami of the March 8, 2008 general elections.
There are three reasons why, instead of being alarmed I feel amused and even pity for Ong for his politics of desperation in resorting to all the tricks-of-the-trade of “old politics” when Malaysians are ahead of the Ong-led MCA leadership in wanting to see the steady rise of “new politics”.
Firstly, the people know that Ong’s allegations are baseless for they are very clear about the DAP’s stand on various issues.
On the “unity government” issue, I declared the DAP stand at the PAS muktamar when I was asked by the press. Dare Ong get a resolution passed by the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council banning Umno leaders from having any talks or contacts with PAS without specific approval by MCA?
On the call for 30% bumiputra quota to be maintained and opposition of the liberalisation of the 27 service sub-sectors at the Pas muktamar, these do not in any manner affect or alter the DAP’s stands which are different from these calls.
On the call for the banning of the Sisters in Islam, I immediately twittered my reaction the very same day, when I said it was “shocking, ridiculous”.
On 9th June, I received an email from Maria Abdullah, senior manager of Sisters in Islam, asking my endorsement of a joint statement by civil society on the attack from PAS against SIS.
She said that my “support for the statement will mean a lot to the democratic space that civil society, and I believe this is also what DAP is fighting for”.
The following was the draft joint statement:
This was my immediate reply to Maria:”
Did Ong endorse the civil society petition against Pas on the SIS issue?
I do not want to play politics here, or I will ask Ong why MCA is still in Barisan Nasional when three out of four who responded to his question on his blog had told MCA to get out of BN?
Or why MCA had not learnt from the lessons of the March 8 political tsunami last year and continues to play subservient role to Umno in Barisan Nasional, whether on ketuanan Melayu; abandonment of the Bangsa Malaysia concept and its replacement with 1Malaysia which nobody knows its real meaning; undermining of the doctrine of separation of powers with the executive usurping the powers of the judiciary and the legislatures; greed for political power in supporting the unethical, undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak; last but not least, the role of the MCA leadership in the “scandal of scandals”, the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.
The second reason why I am not alarmed by Ong’s reversion to “old politics” using the mainstream media in his political onslaught on me is because the mainstream media have lost great credibility and authority in the past decade – and very few Malaysians are going to be influenced by the falsehoods and half-truths against Pakatan Rakyat leaders published in these media, whether New Straits Times or Star.
The third reason is the most potent of all – Malaysians know that the whole objective of the Ong political attack on me is to distract attention from my daily three questions on the PKFZ scandal.
It is more pertinent for Ong Tee Keat to explain why he is on the run from my “three questions a day” on the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal instead of trotting out “old politics” which had been rejected by Malaysians in last year’s political tsunami.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor