Media conference statement (2) by Lim Kit Siang in Sandakan on Sunday, 3rd July 2011 at 9am:
Najib should overrule Hishammudin and lift the ban on Bersih as the three grounds given for the ban do not stand scrutiny
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak should overrule the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and lift the ban on Bersih as the three grounds given for the ban under the Societies Act do not stand scrutiny and will only expose the government and country to public disdain and international scorn.
For instance, the first ground – “Being active and sparking an atmosphere of unrest and worry among the multiracial community in the country”.
Bersih is not guilty of this charge. Those guilty are Perkasa and Umno Youth, with the former even threatening another May 13 with warning to the Chinese to stay indoors and to stock up food and UMNO Youth in front of PKR headquarters threatening violence and chaos. Why have Hishammuddin acted against Bersih the innocent party while done nothing to the culprits, Perkasa and UMNO Youth as if they enjoy immunity and impunity for committing crimes.
Reason 2: “Spreading propaganda to incite the people to topple the government by distributing certain leaflets”.
In the first place, could a government be toppled by “distributing certain leaflets”? This is a baseless and groundless charge as could be established in any challenge to the authorities to produce evidence to back up this ridiculous allegation.
Reasn 3: “ Its activities have given a bad image to the country, which can threaten and undermine public order, security, economy and the country’s sovereignty and affect the harmony of the multiracial community.”
Again it is Perkasa and Umno Youth which must plead guilty to this charge not Bersih. Now, with the outrageous ban on Bersih, the Home Minister is himself guilty of giving Malaysia a bad image which will cause great loss of public and investor confidence in Malaysia detrimental to Malaysia’s economic interest and national unity.
Will Hishammuddin ban himself from committing such disservices to Malaysia?
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor