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  Speech by Lim Kit Siang at the DAP ceramah in Buntong, (Ipoh Barat) on Sunday, 3rd February 2008 at 10 pm: 

Six apologies by top Barisan Nasional leaders that  must follow  Najib�s apology for the demolition of Hindu temple in Shah Alam on  Deepavali eve 

The front-page headline of the  night edition of China Press is �Najib  apology � demolition of Hindu temple on  Deepavali eve�. 

This is a manifestation of Makkal Sakti (People�s Power) but it is a grave error for the Barisan Nasional and MIC leadership to think that such an apology is acceptable or satisfactory answer to the Malaysian Indian political awakening and uprising following the seminal 30,000-people  Hindraf protest in Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 25 last year. 

If Najib and the top Umno  leadership are serious in wanting to making amends for the long-standing political, economic, educational, social, cultural religious polarization of the Malaysian Indians resulting in their becoming the new underclass in the country, Najib�s apology must be followed by at least six other apologies and ensuing actions, such as: 

  • Apology by Selangor Mentri Besar, Datuk Seri Khir Toyo as the No. 1 man in the Selangor state government who must bear full responsibility for the demolition of the Hindu temple in Shah Alam on Deepavali eve;
  • Apology by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for Umno insensitivity in holding the Umno General Assembly last year on the day of Deepavali � when it would be regarded as highly insensitive and offensive if MIC, MCA or Gerakan had held their national delegates meeting on Hari Raya Aidilfitri  for instance.
  • Apology by  the Umno Youth deputy chief, Khairy Jamaluddin, the Prime Minister�s son-in-law in publicly castigating the Indian news vendors for �anti-national� actions in having a press holiday when  the Umno general assembly was being held resulting in the policy speech of the Prime Minister and Umno President at the Umno general assembly not given coverage the next day � when it was the fault of Umno in fixing its general assembly on Deepevali, long a press holiday.
  • Apology by  MIC President and sole Indian Cabinet Minister for over 28 years in refusing to admit the fact of the marginalization of the Malaysian Indians � a stand which he reiterated  during his recent visit to India;
  • Apology by  Abdullah for the detention of the five Hindraf leaders under the Internal Security Act for fighting the cause to end the marginalization of the Malaysian Indians � and the five should be released immediately and unconditionally.
  • Apology by  Samy Vellu for the 20-year-long Maika Telekom Shares hijacking scandal in betraying the rights and interests of Malaysian Indians who had put  their trust in him by placing their life-savings in Maika shares.

Are these six apologies from the UMNO  and MIC leaders forthcoming to demonstrate that there is now a genuine change of heart in the top Umno leadership to meaningfully end the marginalization of the Malaysian Indians in the country?


* Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman


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