Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling
Jaya on Sunday, 18th January 2009:
Kuala Terengganu by-election – “308”
political tsunami on course and a dire warning to UMNO and in particular
The Kuala Terengganu by-election has lived up
to its historic significance.
It has delivered two important messages.
Firstly, that the “308” political tsunami of the March general election
last year is very much on course, confirming that the paradigm shift in
Malaysian politics some ten months ago was no fluke shot but represented
deep-seated and wide-ranging political aspirations of Malaysians.
Secondly, a dire warning to Umno and in particular Datuk Seri Najib
Razak who is to be Prime Minister in ten weeks’ time of the far-reaching
consequences if they refuse to heed the people’s call for change.
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah in his comment on the Kuala Terenggany
by-election result has likened UMNO and BN to “a sinking ship” if their
leaders remain in denial.
How many UMNO and BN leaders would dare to agree with Razaleigh when he
“Money, machinery and incumbency could not trump the call for change. BN
will lose, and will in the end lose everything, until we respond fully
“Actually this was more than a referendum on the leadership. It was a
test of the relevance of UMNO in its present form. If UMNO is no longer
relevant to the Malays, the BN formula is dead.”
The results of the Kuala Terengganu by-election will have to be studied
in detail, in particular the impact of the hudud issue in the
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor