Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, 24th December 2010:
Selangor Exco should review its decision to ban the 1Malaysia logo from billboards to prove Muhyiddin wrong that Pakatan Rakyat is afraid of Najib's 1Malaysia concept which does not even have DPM's full support
The assertion by Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor government has banned the 1Malaysia logo from billboards in the state because of Pakatan Rakyat’s fear of the concept is downright ridiculous.
He further claimed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia vision is increasingly popular and this scared Pakatan Rakyat.
Muhyiddin’s statement is downright ridiculous as he himself has declared that he does not fully endorse the 1Malaysia concept, whose official objective is the creation of a Malaysian nation where every Malaysian perceives himself or herself as Malaysian first and race, religion, geography and socio-economic grouping second.
When I challenged all Ministers in Parliament in March this year to declare that they are Malaysians first and their race, religion or region second, to demonstrate their support and commitment to the 1Malaysia concept, Muhyiddin had responded that he was Malay first and Malaysian second.
In my speech in Parliament in March, I had pointed out the numerous stances where Muhyiddin had spoken totally inimical to the 1Malaysian concept, including:
Since March, there had been even more instances of reckless rhetoric of racist extremism and religious bigotry which attack the very basis of the 1Malaysia slogan – for instance school principals castigating non-Malay students as “pendatang”, telling them to go back to China or India, and derogatory references to the religious practices of non-Muslim students.
The 1Malaysia slogan is in fact the best example of the wide and increasing gulf between words and deeds of the Najib administration – its utter failure to walk the talk of the Najib signature policies whether 1Malaysia, Government Transformation Programme, New Economic Model or Economic Transformation Programme.
This is why Muhyiddin’s claim that Pakatan Rakyat is “running scared” of the 1Malaysia concept is so ridiculous, when the concept does not even get his full support, and why the Selangor Exco should review its decision to ban the 1Malaysia logo from billboards to prove the Deputy Prime Minister wrong.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor