Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, 11th October 2010:
MCA/Gerakan/MIC irrelevance and impotence further highlighted when even their Ministers do not know what form of disciplinary action had been initiated against the two school principals guilty of racial slurs against students in school
My urgent motion in Parliament to debate the controversy of the two racist school principals in Johore and Kedah who made racial slurs against students in schools was rejected by the Speaker, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia on the ground that he had been informed that the Education Ministry and the Public Services Department had begun initiating disciplinary action against the duo.
However, Pandikar Amin was unable to enlighten Parliament what form of disciplinary action was being initiated by the Education Ministry and the PSD.
The inability of the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to lay this issue to rest after nearly two months since its first occurrence by convincing Malaysians that proper and commensurate disciplinary actions had been taken against these two errant principals stands out as a sore point highlighting the lack of commitment and even loyalty of the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister to the Prime Minister’s “1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now” policy.
This has now become even more serious as Muhyiddin has been delegated the task by Najib to ensure the success of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP). This was revealed by Muhyiddin himself when speaking in Melbourne yesterday - disclosing that the Prime Minister had handed to him the responsibility to ensure the success of the GTP through various initiatives in the National Key Results Area (NKRA).
Who can believe that there is a future for the GTP based on the “1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now” policy when the man now responsible for the success of GTP is so lukewarm towards the policy that he declares himself “Malay first, Malaysian second” and is unable to say what disciplinary action has been taken against the two errant school principals for making racist slurs against students after two long months?
MCA/Gerakan/MIC irrelevance and impotence have also been further highlighted by the episode when even their Ministers do not know what form of disciplinary action had been initiated against the two school principals guilty of racial slurs against students in school – which is why the MCA and MCA Youth delegates over the weekend had been making fierce denunciations over the issue, like minor officials of MIC and Gerakan.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor