Call for special four-day
meeting of Parliament within the next 30 days to dispose of all outstanding
parliamentary business so that they will not lapse when Parliament is
dissolved in less than 70 days for the 12th general election
Speech at DAP Bagan Dinner
by Lim Kit Siang
Every day there are new and
increasing pointers that the next general election is very close – in
fact, I expect Parliament to be dissolved in less than 70 days for the
12th general election to be held.
This is the reason why the MCA President and Housing and Local Government
Minister, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting has been appointed Acting Health Minister
after the sudden demise of the meteoric political career of Datuk Seri Dr.
Chua Soi Lek in the national landscape.
Is there no one in the current crop of MCA deputy ministers like Ong Tee
Kiat, Donald Lim, Dr. Ng Yen Yen, Fu Ah Kiow, Wong Kam Hong, Hon Choon Kam
or Liow Tiong Lai who is qualified to be appointed Health Minister to
replace Chua that the MCA President must recommend himself to the Prime
Minister as the Acting Health Minister?
The ulterior objective of such a move is clear – to keep a Ministerial
seat open for his brother, Ong Ka Chuan after the general election!
The timing of the very organised, orchestrated and systematic campaign to
destroy Chua’s political career in a blitzkrieg five-day operation is also
linked to the fast approach of the general election, to wipe him out once
and for all from the political scene!
Chua knows that he had been “killed” not by the Opposition, but by his own
colleagues in the MCA. Yesterday, I had said that there could be no doubt
that the “black hand” responsible for the “ninjas” who successfully
carried out the political assassination of Chua could be traced or linked
to person or persons sitting in the MCA Presidential Council which had
with great hypocrisy “regrettably accepted and respected” Chua’s
resignation from all government and party posts!
This is the Malaysiakini report this evening:
Former Health Minister Dr
Chua Soi Lek has accused his political rivals of wanting to see him
“completely destroyed” even though he has quit all posts after being
embroiled in a sex scandal.
“I have been stripped bare of everything, but they (detractors) want to
see me completely destroyed,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted today.
He did not elaborate on his remark today as he declined making further
“I’m not meeting the press today, let things cool down first. I have been
interviewed by too many media lately and (detractors) said I kept talking
to the media as if I was very proud,” said Chua over the phone.
Who are these “political
rivals” of Chua who want him “completely destroyed” although he had quit
all government and party posts? Clearly not DAP or any other Opposition
party. I do not believe they are from UMNO or other Barisan Nasional
component parties but are “big guns” from the MCA!
Another pointer of the closeness of the next general election is the
sudden possibility of the re-opening of the Damansara Chinese primary
school in Petaling Jaya, Selangor after arbitrary and high-handed closure
for seven years – a hint coming from none other than the Education
Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hashim himself.
Asked by the media today whether the Damansara Chinese primary school
could be re-opened this year, Hishammuddin replied that such a possibility
This shows the power of an approaching general election – things which are
otherwise unthinkable and impossible suddenly become thinkable and
The New Year 2008 was ushered in with the strongest pointer, when the MCA
President Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting announced a RM10 million “angpow” to
Chinese schools nationwide at a ceremony at the MCA Headquarters, as if
public funds come from the MCA coffers!
The MCA leaders are hoping that the people will not ask too many
questions, for instance, objecting to the paltry sum of RM10 million when
compared to the RM4.6 billion squandered away in the Port Klang Free Zone
(PKFZ) bailout scandal – as without the PKFZ scandal, the bulk of the
RM4.6 billion could be disbursed to the nation’s 1,500 Chinese primary and
60 Chinese independent secondary schools for their development to make up
for the decades of government neglect and discrimination suffered by
The MCA Central Committee is meeting on Tuesday on Chua’s resignation and
I call on the MCA leaders to take a stand on the RM4.6 billion PKFZ
scandal, as it is the first mega financial scandal to involve a MCA
Minister in the nation’s 50-year history.
The MCA Central Committee should direct the Transport Minister, Datuk Seri
Chan Kong Choy to set up a public inquiry to establish his innocence of
any abuse of power, misuse of public funds or any Ministerial wrongdoing
in the RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal - failing which Chan should be
instructed to emulate Chua’s example and tender his resignation as
Transport Minister and from all government and party posts.
Parliament is now in adjournment and its next meeting is scheduled to
begin on March 17, which will be officially opened by the Yang di Pertuan
Agong for a 23-day meeting for the Dewan Rakyat till April 23, 2008.
If general election is held within the next 70 days, then the 11th
Parliament will not be meeting again.
I call on the Prime Minister to convene a special four-day meeting of
Parliament within the next 30 days so that the Malaysian Parliament will
not become a laughing-stock of the world, especially as Malaysia is to
play host to Parliamentarians from Commonwealth countries in the
Commonwealth Parliament Association annual conference to be held in Kuala
Lumpur in September this year.
If Parliament is dissolved without a special meeting, the work of several
Parliamentary Committees would be aborted, wasting months and months of
public hearings and meetings, resources and money without any result.
This is because three Parliamentary Select Committees, on National Unity
and Integration, on Integrity and on a Code of Ethics for MPs, would not
be able to complete their work and submit their report and recommendations
This would mean that the months spent by the Parliamentary Select
Committees on National Unity and on Integrity, holding public hearings in
various parts of the country in the past two years, would all go down the
drain as their life-span automatically terminates with the dissolution of
I will ask for a meeting with the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi to suggest a special four-day meeting of Parliament within
the next 30 days to dispose of all outstanding parliamentary business so
that they will not lapse when Parliament is dissolved in less than 70 days
for the 12th general election.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman