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Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Seremban on Saturday, 16th July 2011: 

Call on Malaysians to wear Yellow every Saturday to support Bersih 1Malaysia generation coming of age

DAP MPs and Assemblymen representatives meeting in the Seremban National Retreat are wearing yellow today to support the “Yellow Saturday” campaign.

We call on Malaysians to wear yellow every Saturday to support the Bersih 1Malaysia generation which came of age on 709, when Malaysians regardless of race, religion, region, age or gender braved police threats, mass arrests, tear gas and chemically-laced water cannons to endorse Bersih 2.0 demand for free and fair elections.

Let today, 716 be the beginning of the long march to A Clean Malaysia, not only in elections but also in political system and national governance.

Instead of waking up to reality that has grossly mishandled the 709 Bersih 2.0 rally, the Barisan Nasional government is compounding its mistakes, demonstrating a deepening denial complex every other day.

The Barisan Nasional’s double phobia of Bersihphobia and xanthophobia (irrational fear of yellow) has escalated to a double madness - Bersihmania and xanthomania.

The latest symptom of such worsening craziness is the statement by the Deputy Finance Minister, Awang Adek that Bank Negara could freeze the Bersih accounts – which evoked the instant response from millions of Malaysians in their homes and workplace why the accounts of the corrupt in tune of tens, hundreds of millions and even billions of ringgit have not been frozen!

Every day, the Najib administration and Barisan Nasional government become a greater laughing stock, in the country and worldwide.

The latest is over the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s latest concession that there could be 15,000 people who came out peacefully in support of Bersih 2.0 rally, after the Inspector-General of Police had first said there were only 6,000 people and later contradicted by the Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein that at most there were 10,000 people!

Something is very wrong with a government when the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the Inspector-General of Police are at odds about figures, showing they cannot even count!

Najib should return reality and end the double madness of Bersihmania and xanthomania.

Is there any brave and courageous Cabinet Minister who dare to stand and speak up in Cabinet to end such double madness?

All Malaysians should wear Yellow every Saturday to support Bersih 1Malaysia generation coming of age and to demand a Clean Malaysia, starting with immediate release of PSM6, the end of BN double Bersih/Xanthomania, lifting the ban on Bersih and establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry on free, fair and clean elections.

*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor



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