Just as Malaysians have arisen above two ignominies in its history, the May 13, 1969 racial riots and being condemned by the world as a global kleptocracy, Malaysians must continue to aim high and be a top world class nation for harmony, freedom, integrity and excellence

I first visited Kota Kinabalu 50 years ago on the day of infamy for Malaysia – the May 13, 1969 racial riots.

I left Kuala Lumpur for the flight to Kota Kinabalu on the morning on May 13, 1969 to help the independent Kota Kinabalu parliamentary candidate as polling in Sabah and Sarawak in 1969 were to be held after Peninsular Malaysia, which was held on May 10, 1969.

I was just elected Member of Parliament for Bandar Melakja and it was in answer for the SOS call from the Independent Parliamentary candidate for Kota Kinabalu that I flew to Kota Kinabalu that morning – not realising that May 13, 1969 was to be a day infamy for Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Timely for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into judicial independence and integrity

The affidavit of Court of Appeal judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer on judicial corruption and misconduct and the serious allegations of judicial interference in the court cases of former DAP Chairman and MP for Bukit Gelugor, the late Karpal Singh on his sedition appeal, the conviction and imprisonment of PKR President and MP for Port Dickson Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as well the case of Indira Gandhi have combined to make it most imperative that a Royal Commission of Inquiry should be set up into judicial independence and integrity in Malaysia.

As the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has said that a Royal Commission of Inquiry is one of the options open to the government in the face of the serious allegations of judicial misconduct, it is most timely that such a Royal Commission of Inquiry should be set up to restore public confidence in the independence and integrity of the judiciary.

The New Malaysia that Pakatan Harapan wants to build after the historic decision of the 14th General Election which carried out a peaceful and democratic transition of power the first time in six decades must include the restoration of public confidence in the three branches of government – the Executive, Parliament and the Judiciary – as well as the important national institutions of State,t undergirding the return of the rule of law in Malaysia.

(Media comment by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang after the Chinese New Year Open House in Kota Kinabalu on Sunday, 17th February 2019)

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Draw the line in the sand clearly and unequivocally that the Pakatan Harapan Government is committed to the objective to wipe out the kleptocracy of the Najib government which was ousted by Malaysians in the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018

Let us not be squeamish but draw the line in the sand, clearly and unequivocally, that the Pakatan Harapan government is committed to the objective to wipe out the kleptocracy of the Najib government which was ousted by Malaysians in the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018.

MCA has stood out as the only political party so far to openly object to the internal memo by the Solicitor General III Mohamad Hanafiah Zakaria using the term “kleptocracy” to refer to the former administration of Najib Razak, ahead of his corruption trial tomorrow.

I am not aware that any MCA Minister or leader had expressed any objection or outrage when the US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch described the US Department of Justice’s kleptocratic litigation to forfeit 1MDB-linked assets, where the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak was singled out although only referred to as “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1), in July 2016 as the “largest single action ever brought by the department’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative” or when in December 2017, after a change of United States administration, the then Attorney-General Jeff Sessions described the 1MDB case as “kleptocracy at its worst” at the global forum on asset recovery in Washington and pledged that the US
Department of Justice was “working to provide justice to the victims” of the 1MDB scandal.

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Post-14GE Malaysia is facing the most toxic and vicious politicking in the nation’s history

Malaysia in post-14th General Election is facing the most toxic and vicious politicking in the nation’s history.

If Malaysian politics was as toxic and vicious in the past as now, my LLB (Hons) degree would have been raised as an issue – in the way that Pakatan Harapan leaders, whether Minister or Deputy Minister, are now being questioned about their academic qualifications, whether with or without basis.

I must thank my lucky stars that I was not questioned about my LL.B. (Hons) degree and asked to prove my credentials, as it would be quite a bother to do so – as I do not know where is my LL.B. (Hons) certificate.
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The 1MDB “chickens coming home to roost”…

The Al Jazeera programme “Malaysia: The World’s Biggest Heist” featuring the former PetroSaudi International employee, Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo, is the latest 1MDB “chickens coming home to roost”.

The question posed at the end of the programme:“If PetroSaudi had paid Justo the money he said he was owed, would the world’s biggest heist have ever been exposed?” is food for thought for all Malaysians.

Xavier’s answer to the question was simple and straightforward – he did not know.
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DAP is always a “friend of Islam” which is moderate and tolerant which will make Malaysia a world top-class nation and not an extremist and intolerant Islam which divide Malaysians and will destroy the Malaysian Dream

Today is the 116th anniversary of the birthday of the first Prime Minister of Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Thirty-six years ago, on 8th February 1983, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, Tunku issued the clear public message that plural Malaysia should not be turned into an Islamic State.

Four days later, on 12th February 1983, on the occasion of his 61st birthday, the third Prime Minister, Tun Hussein Onn publicly supported Tunku’s call. Read the rest of this entry »

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Does Wee agree that Hadi’s latest utterance that DAP is an “enemy of Islam” is the typical example of the toxic and vicious politics of lies, hate, fear, race and religion which will destroy Malaysia, condemning it to a failed state, if not countered?

I am still waiting for the reply from the MCA President Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong whether he is aware that he would have lost his deposit in Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat in the 14th General Election under the PAS President Hadi Awang’s dictum that Muslims must vote for Muslim candidates.

I am very intrigued by Wee’s defence of the political co-operation between the BN component parties and the PAS.

Does Wee agree that PAS President, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Facebook posting yesterday, accusing the DAP as an “enemy of Islam” as the reason why PAS ended its alliance with DAP some years back, is the latest typical example of the toxic and vicious politics of lies, hate, fear, race and religion which will destroy Malaysia, condemning it to a failed state, if not countered?
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Wee Ka Siong would have lost his deposit in Ayer Hitam under Hadi’s dictum that Muslims must vote for Muslim candidates

MCA President Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong would have lost his deposit in Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat in the 14th General Election under the PAS President Hadi Awang’s dictum that Muslims must vote for Muslim candidates.

Did Wee realise this when yesterday he defended the political co-operation between the BN component parties and the PAS as a common feature of Malaysian politics?

In the Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency in the 14th General Election, Wee won 17,076 votes, beating the Pakatan Harapan candidate Liew Chin Tong who won 16,773 votes, with a sliver-thin majority of 303 votes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can Malaysia break away from a nation which breeds suspicion, distrust and hatred among races and religions to one which builds tolerance, trust and confidence among them to leverage on the assets of diverse races, religions and civilisations to become a world top-class nation?

Yesterday, I said the many national holidays in Malaysia afford Malaysians the opportunities for reflection and review as to why the country failed to achieve greater goals, such as pondering how Malaysia could transform from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation of integrity in the world.

Just as ordinary Malaysians saved Malaysia from a global kleptocracy and a failed state, the challenge of whether Malaysia transforms from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation of integrity in the world will rest on their shoulders.

Similarly, ordinary Malaysians also have to wrestle with another great conundrum of the nation – whether Malaysia can succeed in nation building out of the diverse races, religions, languages and cultures that have made Malaysia their home to become a model of an united, tolerant, successful, progressive and prosperous plural entity in a complex and plural world. Read the rest of this entry »

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How can Malaysia transform from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation in integrity in the world?

Malaysia has many national holidays which provide Malaysians more opportunities for reflection and review as to why one or the country failed to achieve greater goals or achievements.

The 2019 Chinese New Year is similarly a useful occasion for a national review by all Malaysians of the many great questions confronting the nation.

One of these great issues of the nation is undoubtedly how Malaysia transform from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation of integrity in the world.
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Let us have the stamina, perseverance and foresight not only to win a battle on May 9, 2018 but to win a war to build a New Malaysia for future generations

The 14th General Election of May 9, 2018 has rightly been described as a battle which was miraculously won by Malaysians who had the patriotism, fortitude and passion for justice, freedom, integrity and unity but we have only won a battle and not a war.

Let us have the stamina, perseverance and foresight not only to win a battle on May 9, 2018 but to win the war to build a New Malaysia for future generations of Malaysians.
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I should be mightily offended by the latest social media offensive that I am angling to get into the Cabinet after being earlier bruited of becoming Prime Minister of Pakatan Harapan

I should be mightily offended by the latest social media offensive that I am angling to get into the Cabinet after being earlier bruited of becoming Prime Minister of the Pakatan Harapan government in Putrajaya if Pakatan Harapan should win the 14th General Election.

What a great letdown – from the pinnacle of the post of Prime Minister to a place in the Cabinet.

But I am not offended in the least, but was quite amused and tickled, as both these politically-motivated speculation are just simply untrue.

Just as I had never thought about being Prime Minister – most unthinkable after Pakatan Harapan had announced its agreement that if PH wins the 14th General Election, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad would be the Prime Minister, to be followed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in mid-term – such politically-motivated rumours were still conjured, manufactured and peddled both before and after the 14th General Election, involving the highest personalities – reaching all the way to Sri Perdana previously and now the highest echelons of leadership in the Opposition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ilham Centre/Penang Institute survey cannot be a correct reflection of situation in the country as not even one per cent of non-Muslims in any survey will believe that non-Muslims are now in control of the government with DAP calling the shots in Putrajaya

A survey jointly by Ilham Centre and think tank Penang Institute during the ending months of last year has found that more than 60 percent of the Malays surveyed were not happy with the Pakatan Harapan government as they believed that non-Muslims were now in control of the government and that DAP was calling the shots in Putrajaya.

The survey interviewed 2,614 Malay respondents between Oct 24 and Dec 24, 2018.

The Ilham Centre/Penang Institute survey cannot be a correct reflection of situation in the country as not even one per cent of non-Muslims in any survey will believe that non-Muslims are now in control of the government and that DAP is calling the shots in Putrajaya. Read the rest of this entry »

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All Malaysian institutions of higher education should aim to produce useful and patriotic citizens of Malaysia who are committed to the ideals of united, just, democratic and progressive society where there is integrity and respect for human rights

I believe that all Malaysian Institutions of higher education should aim to produce useful and patriotic citizens of Malaysia who are committed to the ideals of a united, just, democratic and progressive society where there is integrity and respect for human rights.

For this reason, all institutions of higher education should follow closely national developments which will pursue these goals.

One such development is the launching of the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) to tackle corruption in the country for the next five years by the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad yesterday.
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Congrats to Ramli on being elected as first Orang Asli MP

I congratulate Ramli Mohd Nor on being the first Orang Asli to be elected Member of Parliament in Malaysia.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Brinchang on Saturday, January 26, 2019)

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Last-minute and final appeal to outstation voters of Cameron Highlands to return to vote tomorrow and transform the by-election from the jaws of death to an even greater historic victory for the people than the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018

I have just come out of Orang Asli Kampong Pangan in Pos Menson, and my visit has reinforced my call for a New Deal for Orang Asli as the Barisan Nasional had failed in sixty years to make meaningful and substantial strides to bring the Orang Asli community to the national mainstream of development.

A New Deal for Orang Asli to ensure that they could be uplifted to be at par with the other communities in 30 years by 2050 after 60 years of JAKOA failure is more meaningful than having an Orang Asli candidate in the Cameron Highlands by-election. Read the rest of this entry »

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As of noon on eve of Cameron Highlands by-election, Barisan Nasional has the upper hand and will win the by-election unless a miracle happens tomorrow with an unexpected influx of outstation voters defying normal trends to save the seat for Pakatan Harapan

No political analyst or polling group predicts Pakatan Harapan victory in the Cameron Highlands by-election tomorrow.

In fact, as of noon on eve of Cameron Highlands by-election, Barisan Nasional has the upper hand and will win the by-election unless a miracle happens tomorrow with an unexpected influx of outstation voters defying normal trends to save the seat for Pakatan Harapan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dare Najib deny that he is in fact asking the voters of Cameron Highlands to spearhead a “Save Najib” campaign to culminate in a Barisan Nasional victory in 15th General Election and his return as Prime Minister?

I have certainly no intention of sparring with former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the Cameron Highlands by-election campaign.

I am in Cameron Highlands, like the Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who will come to the constituency later today, the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the PKR President, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the DAP Secretary-General and Minister for Finance, Lim Guan Eng, and the AMANAH President and Defence Minister, Mat Sabu and other Pakatan Harapan leaders to compaign for the Pakatan Harapan candidate M. Manogaran to be elected as Member of Parliament for Cameron Highlands.
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I have never said that the Orang Asli, who are the first inhabitants of the country, are not citizens, but asked whether they are full citizens of Malaysia

Before I came on stage, I received a call telling me that the latest Barisan Nasional dirty tactics in the Cameron Highlands by-election is to accuse me of defaming the Orang Asli people by declaring that they are not citizens of the country.

I have never said that the Orang Asli, who are the first inhabitants of the country, are not citizens, but asked whether they are full citizens of Malaysia.

This seems to be such a stupid question for every Malaysian is a full citizen of Malaysia.
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Voters of Cameron Highlands should say three ‘Noes” to Najib in the by-election this Saturday

The Cameron Highlands by-election on Saturday will not only be the most important electoral battle in the history of Cameron Highlands, it will also have far-reaching consequences for the country and future generations.

For this reason, I call on every outstation voter in Cameron Highlands to take the trouble to return home to cast his or her vote on Saturday. This will be an investment worth making, for it will not only affect the people of Cameron Highlands for the next four years, but also future generations in Cameron Highlands as well as all Malaysians for the next few decades.
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