Let decency, morality and integrity return to politics and public life in Malaysia

Is the concoction of a lie out of whole cloth, like the recent fabrication that there is a move to topple the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in the form of a vote of no confidence by Pakatan Harapan Members of Parliament in the forthcoming Parliament, a shariah-compliant lie?

A so-called list of 101 MPs who have agreed to support the vote of no confidence against Tun Dr. Mahathir has even been circulated on the social media, with the constituencies given, with eight MPs from Kedah, 10 from Penang, 14 from Perak, 17 from Selangor, 7 from Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, two from Malacca, five from Negri Sembilan, 12 from Johor, four from Pahang, one from Terengganu, one from Kelantan, eight from Sabah and 12 from Sarawak – when it is just total and sheer fabrication and falsehood.

Is this second lie shariah-compliant?

A website which specialises in dissemination of lies and falsehoods, carried a piece datelined yesterday with a photograph of myself with the heading: “DAP may have to leave Pakatan Harapan if the rot continues”.

Is the third lie shariah-compliant?

Malaysian politics and public affairs have been infested with lies and falsehoods, with very creative attempts to justify them with the creation of the term “shariah-compliant lies”.

On top of Malaysia’s infamy as a global kleptocracy under the previous administration, do Malaysians want to make another signal contribution to the world with the creative coinage of the term “shariah-compliant lie”?

It is time that we restore decency, morality and integrity in politics and public affairs in Malaysia.

Anyone reading the shocking affidavit of Court of Appeal judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer about judicial corruption, improprieties and misconduct would have agreed that if decency, morality and integrity had prevailed in the judiciary, the present sad and deplorable state of the judiciary would not have come to pass.

Lim Kit Siang MP for Iskandar Puteri