Media statement (2) by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, 19th June 2011:
“Smoking Gun” proof of Muhyiddin-Utusan conspiracy to subvert 1Malaysia concept
There is now the “smoking gun” proof of the conspiracy or complicity of Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Umno official organ, Utusan Malaysia, to subvert the 1Malaysia concept and destabilise Malaysia to justify a Operation Lalang2 crackdown on civil liberties with mass ISA arrests to prolong Umno hegemony.
Yesterday, Muhyiddin made the preposterous claim in Sabah when opening the Beaufort UMNO general meeting that Pakatan Rakyat is hiding behind the planned Bersih 2.0 rally with a plot to topple the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) Goverment.
He alleged that the opposition’s agenda was to create a momentum among the people to hate the government by raising various issues beyond the call for clean and fair elections.
He warned: “They are trying to use street demonstrations against the government to achieve their road to Putrajaya,"
Today, Utusan's Sunday edition, Mingguan Malaysia warned that Pakatan Rakyat will use next month's Bersih 2.0 rally to trigger an uprising similar to the popular protests which toppled Egypt’s Mubarak regime and now threatens governments in Libya, Syria and Yemen.
It alleged in its Maulana Arrif column that “those who intend to mass in the capital on July 9 to demand electoral reform have lost faith in democracy after realising they cannot win federal power through the ballot box”.
It warned: “Peace is no longer important to them. They want only to seize power and install their leader as Malaysia’s prime minister using whatever means possible.
“The enemies of Islam, both humans and syaitan-syaitan (devils), are working to aid them”.
These allegations are as wild, irresponsible and reckless as the screaming front-page headline by Utusan Malaysia on 7th May 2011 raising the bogey of a DAP plot to create a Christian Malaysia – when there is no iota of evidence whatsoever and there has been no commensurate action against the perpetrators of such seditious and treasonous utterances after more than six weeks!
Pakatan Rakyat and its component parties of PKR, PAS and DAP are fully committed to the democratic process to bring about political change and the formation of a new federal government in Putrajaya via the ballot box and not by any extra-constitutional or undemocratic means.
It is UMNO and the UMNO leadership which must demonstrate its full commitment to the democratic process and unquestioned loyalty to the Malaysian constitution by declaring that they will fully accept the verdict of Malaysians through the ballot box – even if it means the end of Umno hegemony and Barisan Nasional rule with their replacement by a new Pakatan Rakyat federal government comprising PAS DAP and PKR in Putrajaya.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor