Media Conference Statement (2) by Lim Kit Siang
at Tawau on Monday, 21st January 2008:
Abdullah should emulate Tunku Abdul Rahman and set an example of
integrity and good governance by taking leave as Prime Minister for two
months for him to go on a nationwide tour as Chairman of Barisan
Nasional to prepare the 14-party coalition for the 12th general election
When he became Prime Minister more than four years ago, Datuk Seri
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pledged that integrity and good governance would
be the hallmarks of his premiership and towards this end he also
launched the National Integrity Plan.
This is the time for Abdullah to set an example of integrity and good
governance and I call on him to emulate Bapa Malaysia and the first
Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman by taking leave as Prime
Minister for two months for him to go on a nationwide tour as Chairman
of Barisan Nasional to prepare the 14-party coalition for the 12th
The mainstream media have reported that after his return from Spain,
Abdullah “kicked off his second nationwide tour in what many coalition
members believe is the prelude to a soon to be called general election”.
(New Sunday Times 20.4.08)
Abdullah should set an example of understanding and respecting the
important distinction between government and party, as it is the abject
failure Barisan Nasional Ministers and leaders to appreciate and uphold
this important distinction which is the root cause of the rampant
corruption, abuses of power and rank lawlessness in the country.
As Prime Minister, Abdullah has no business to conduct any nation-wide
tour to galvanise the 14-party Barisan Nasional to prepare for the next
general election expected within 50 days. When he goes around the
country to rally and mobilize UMNO and the other Barisan Nasional
component parties to shape up for the 12th general election, he is
acting in his capacity as Chairman of Barisan Nasional which is
completely different and separate from the office of Prime Minister.
As Abdullah wants integrity and good governance to be the hallmarks of
his premiership, he should emulate the precedent set by Tunku Abdul
Rahman who took two months leave as Prime Minister before the 1964
general election to go round the country to prepare the Alliance for the
polls – with Tun Razak as the Acting Prime Minister during Tunku’s leave
Abdullah should do the same which will demonstrate his seriousness about
integrity and good governance.
Kit Siang, Parliamentary
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman