Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Parliament
on Thursday, 17th July 2008:
Hamid Albar the greatest national security threat
Datuk Seri Syed Albar is a major security threat if the Home
Minister is so gullible as to launch a massive three-day 1,600-personnel
police operation to lock down Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley causing
great financial losses and inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of
people based on “rubbish” intelligence about a non-existent high-level
Pakatan Rakyat leadership meeting, two speeches, two blogs and two SMS.
Hamid had promised Parliament on Tuesday to retract his allegation that
DAP Secretary-General and Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, DAP
National Vice Chairman and MP for Kepong, Dr. Tan Seng Giaw and I had
attended a top leadership meeting of Pakatan Rakyat at the Parti
Keadilan Rakyat headquarters on July 9 to plot a mass demonstration in
or at Parliament last Monday to justify the deployment of 1,600 police
personnel to create a three-day gridlock of the Federal capital and the
Why is Hamid so conspicuously silent about his promise in Parliament in
the past three days?
Is he still checking on whether he had been taken for a ride by his
dishonest informers who had concocted such tall tale about a fictitious
meeting of top Pakatan Rakyat leaders on July 9, purportedly attended by
Guan Eng, Seng Giaw and myself – when it is just a pack of lies?
Hamid said yesterday that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should not worry
about giving his DNA samples if he were interested to seek the truth
behind the sodomy allegations against him.
Anwar has said that he has no faith in the system as he is concerned
about the fabrication of DNA test results.
If there is a national opinion poll, I believe the majority of
Malaysians is behind Anwar in having grave doubts about the credibility
and integrity of the institutions of government, particularly those
headed by Hamid.
Hamid’s own conduct has given ammunition not only to justify Anwar’s
lack of faith in the integrity of the system of police investigations
and administration of justice, but also public skepticism that
government institutions, whether the police, the judiciary or the Home
Ministry could be fair, independent, impartial and professional in the
handling of the latest sodomy allegation against Anwar.
If a Home Minister, the No. 1 man in charge of the Police force in the
country, can so blatantly and without shame and impunity, purvey a lie
about a non-existent top leadership meeting of Pakatan Rakyat on July 9
purportedly attended by Guan Eng, Seng Giaw and I to plot a non-existent
demonstration in Parliament on July 14, using it as an excuse to launch
a massive three-day police operation to lock down Kuala Lumpur and the
Klang Valley, who could ever trust in the credibility and integrity of
Hamid should stop advising Anwar or any Malaysian to trust in the
integrity of national institutions, organs and agencies until and unless
he is prepared to set the example of being a Home Minister who
understands the meaning of honesty, credibility, impartiality and
Hamid had been doubly offensive when he had said that he wanted to check
on our alibis to establish that the three DAP leaders were not present
at the so-called July 9 Pakatan Rakyat leadership meeting.
It is not for Guan Eng, Seng Giaw and I to prove our alibis but for
Hamid to prove that there was indeed a top Pakatan Rakyat leadership
meeting on July 9 which was attended by the three of us.
Hamid should stop his double standards of applying the principle that
Pakatan Rakyat leaders are guilty until proven innocent, while for
Barisan Nasional the principle to be applied is that they are innocent
unless proven guilty.
This was why I had asked in Parliament on Wednesday why Hamid had not
launched police actions against the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri
Najib Razak and other Cabinet Ministers as there were so many blogs and
SMS making serious allegations against them – if two speeches, two blogs
and two SMS were sufficient to justify the launching of a three-day
1,600-personnel massive police operation to lock down Kuala Lumpur and
When is Hamid going to own up that the so-called July 9 top Pakatan
Rakyat leadership meeting attended by Guan Eng, Seng Giaw and I is a
pure figment of imagination and accept responsibility for the totally
unnecessary and unjustified three-day inconveniencing of hundreds of
thousands of people in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley by getting
Cabinet approval to pay compensation to all those who suffered financial
losses, whether major or minor?
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor