14th General Election will be battle of truth vs lies, people of Malaysia vs UMNO/BN and “No Kleptocracy in Malaysia vs 2MDB/3MDB and more”!

I have a confession to make.

UMNO/BN owned or controlled media made quite a circus during the UMNO General Assembly over a former Penang DAP State Assemblyman for Jawi, Tan Beng Huat leaving the party to join the People’s Alternative Party (PAP), and I was singled out as the main reason for Tan’s departure from the party.

When I saw a photograph of Tan’s submitting his membership application to People’s Alternative Party, I had thought that the younger person to his right was Tan Beng Huat.

Tan resigned from the DAP more than a year ago, and he did not breathe a word about what he was purported to have said on Friday.

Now a person whom I have no impression whatsoever is quoted as authority by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak that I want to be Prime Minister of Malaysia.

This is quite a reflection on the credibility and authority of Najib as the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Was Najib guilty of another instance of spreading lies and false information or has he fallen victim to the disease of believing in his own lies and false information?

If the lies and falsehoods disseminated about me by the well-funded UMNO cybertroopers are to be believed, then I am a billionaire and an “evil force” who throws tens and even hundreds of millions ringgit to sponsor news portals or remove recalcitrant heads of key government bureau apart from the litany of demonization over the decades – responsible for the May 13, 1969 riots in leading the street demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur making anti-Malay and anti-Islam epithets although I was never in Kuala Lumpur after the May 10, 1969 General Election; painted as quite a devil, a puaka, even jembalang; that I am anti-Malay, anti-Islam; a stooge of foreign powers; that I dominate Pakatan Harapan and made other leaders like Tun Mahathir Mohamad, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Mohamad Sabu and Husam Musa into my stooges and puppets.

Are Malaysians, regardless of race, religion and region, so naïve and infantile as to believe in these lies and falsehoods?

The 14th General Election to be held in 150 days will be a “battle royale” of truth versus lies, of people of Malaysia versus UMNO/BN, “No Global Kleptocracy in Malaysia versus 2MDB/3MDB and more”!

The greatest indictment, national disservice and even national betrayal of the 71st UMNO General Assembly was its total silence on the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal despite the fact that on the eve of the UMNO General Assembly, the United States Attorney-General Jeffs Sessions said at an international forum that the 1MDB scandal was “kleptocracy at its worst”!

It has not escaped world notice that while the 1MDB scandal continues to hog world headlines with continuing revelations and developments of the monstrosity and criminality of “kleptocracy at its worst”, as a media in a neighbouring country headlined, “1MDB issue draws nary a raised eyebrow” at the UMNO General Assembly.

History will record this as an unwonted act of national cowardice and betrayal in Malaysia, that immediately after Malaysia was castigated at an international forum for “kleptocracy at its worst” which catapulted Malaysia to the infamous stratosphere of a “global kleptocracy”, the UMNO leadership together with 5,000 UMNO delegates and observers at the 71st UMNO General Assembly were guilty of the crime of collective national betrayal and cowardice in failing to clear and cleanse Malaysia of the infamy and ignominy of a global kleptocracy.

Would the founders and the early generations of UMNO leaders and members ever envisage that a day would come that UMNO would not dare to stand up for the honour, good name and integrity of Malaysia, that they would collectively shut their eyes, their ears and their mouths to Malaysia’s international infamy and ignominy as a global kleptocracy?

I know that the first three Prime Ministers of Malaysia , Tengku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein would not take such national infamy and ignominy lying down and would not shut their eyes, ears and mouths to the worldwide condemnation of Malaysia as a global kleptocracy.

Why have the 71st UMNO General Assembly continued the crime of national cowardice and betrayal of the UMNO General Assembly of the past three years of totally ignoring the 1MDB scandal and Malaysia’s ignominy and infamy as a global kleptocracy?

The 71st UMNO General Assembly has finally proven that the Prime Minister, the Ministers, UMNO leaders, delegates and observers do not have the courage, integrity and patriotism to face up to the world charges of Malaysia as a global kleptocracy.

It is now left to the Malaysian voters in the 14th General Election to redeem the honour, integrity and good name of Malaysia – and this why I say the 14GE will also be a battle between “No Kleptocracy in Malaysia vs 2MDB/3MDB and more”!

Lim Kit Siang DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Gelang Patah