Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday, 14th January 2009:
First five reasons why MCA owes not only the Malaysian Chinese in Kuala Terengganu but all Malaysians a fulsome apology
In rejoinder to the demand by the MCA Vice
President and Health Minister, Datuk Liow Tiong Lai that the DAP
apologise to the Chinese voters in Kuala Terengganu for misleading them
on the hudud issue, DAP had challenged MCA to a debate on “Who should
apologise – MCA or DAP?” in Kuala Terengganu before the by-election on
Up till today, Ong is unable to answer the Five Questions about the RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal which I had posed to him nine months ago after his public pledge to “tell all” about PKFZ, particularly about the history of impropriety in land transactions, illegal issue of Letters of Support, Cabinet bailouts and retrospective ratification of illegal decisions by the two previous Transport Ministers, Tun Ling Liong Sik and Datuk Seri Chong Kong Choy although he had all the answers without having to await the outcome of the PricewaterhouseCooper audit report.
Let Ong answer the Five Questions about the
RM4.6 billion PKFZ bailout scandal in Kuala Terengganu.
3. Malaysians are no more safe in their own country. MCA boasts as the second most important party in the Barisan Nasional coalition. It has also a Deputy Home Minister. MCA must apologise and bear full responsibility for the serious breakdown of law-and-order in Malaysia, where with soaring crime, no one can feel safe any more in the country whether in the streets, public places or the privacy of their homes, and Malaysian citizens, tourists and investors have lost the two fundamental rights to be free from crime and the fear of crime.
MCA must also come forward to apologise for
4. Deteriorating education standards.
Apart from being part of the Barisan Nasional government, MCA has also a
Deputy Education Minister, pinning direct responsibility for the
increasing educational woes in the country, with deteriorating
educational standards as highlighted by the Trends in International
Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2007 results (blacked out by the
Education Ministry for over a month), continuing “brain drain” of the
best and brightest in Malaysia at all levels of education and the
continued discrimination against Chinese and Tamil primary schools in
terms of fair and equitable government funding and development for all
5. Corruption. As part of Barisan Nasional, MCA cannot disclaim responsibility for the deplorable state of corruption in Malaysia, with Malaysia’s ranking on Transparency International Corruption Perception Index plunging from No. 23 in 1995 to No. 37 in 2003 and lower to No. 47 in 2008 - with the high risk of Malaysia falling below the 50th ranking in coming years. Is MCA prepared to apologise to the Chinese voters in Kuala Terengganu and all Malaysians for such dismal record in accountability, transparency, integrity and good governance after half a century in power at the national level?
These five instances are just openers for there are many more reasons why MCA owes an abject apology not only to the Chinese voters in Kuala Terengganu but to all Malaysians for its dismal political record in government whether for the present or the past – which would be enumerated if MCA dares to accept the DAP challenge to a public debate in Kuala Terengganu on “Who should apologise – MCA or DAP?”
Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor