Kit Siang spells out case for July 9 rally

Jun 22, 11

If certain quarters claim not to know why the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9 needs to be held, the reasons have been provided by the BN leaders themselves within and outside Parlaiament, said DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang today.

The first reason is contained in the Prime Minister’s Department’s written reply yesterday to DAP’s Seputeh M Teresa Kok, in which it was revealed RM1.18 billion worth of programmes and projects had been announced for Sarawak during the state’s recently concluded polls, said Lim.

Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday said a total of 62 programmes and projects had been announced for implementation during the election up to last April 30, 52 of which would be implemented this year while the rest would be carried out the following year.

Lim also pointed out that during the election, it was not just Sarawak BN but the entire federal government that had campaign, during which a cabinet meeting had been cancelled.

The move to ‘dragoon all federal ministers’ to the eastern state for the polls made “a complete mockery of the principle of free and fair elections!” he said.

“Another irrefutable proof of the gross abuses of power which marred the recent Sarawak state polls,” added the veteran opposition politician in a statement.

The third ‘reason’ the Bersih rally needs to be held is BN’s spending of over RM500 million in the Sarawak election, which Lim (right) said breaks election laws limiting election expenditures for state assembly candidates to RM100,000 per candidate.

“In fact, these three facts are among the mountain of potent reasons why the July 9 Bersih 2.0 rally for free and fair elections needs to be held if Malaysia is to join the rank of developed democracies where elections result in credible and legitimate governments, unlike many failed African states where elections are used to give the fig-leaf of legality to illegitimate governments.

Questioning why any individual or organisation speaking in the name of genuine democracy would seek to oppose or “sabotage” a peaceful rally for free and fair elections, Lim said BN leaders’ statements reflect the gap between BN leaders and the people and their irrelevance to aspirations for Malaysia to take “her rightful place as an united, progressive, prosperous and competitive nation.”

Lashing out at MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek’s condemnation of the Bersih 2.0 movement, Lim said the latter had always been conceived as a campaign transcending political parties and political interests with goal only of ensuring free, fair and clean elections in Malaysia.

“Yesterday, I invited the Prime Minister Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, cabinet ministers and leaders of all Barisan Nasional component parties to come forward to join in the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9 to support the civil society initiative for free and fair elections.

“Has Chua the idealism, independence and integrity to support this call without having to wait for approval from the Umno leadership?” he asked.

  1. #1 by bruno on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 - 11:01 pm

    Every law abiding and democratic seeking Malaysians understand why the Bersih rally must go on. But law breaking and undemocratic Umno and BN doesn’t.Umno and BN doesn’t understand people’s power.They don’t have to look millions of miles away at the ME.Just look at our immediate neighbours Thailand,Indonesia and the Philippines.

    And what right has CSL to comment about Bersih.He is only president to the thousand plus Mca delegates who voted him in.To the Chinese community he is a toothless lapdog of Umno.The Chinese community has long written him off.With his expertise he would be more useful as president of the Obedient Wive’s Club(OWC).His once protege a Dr. Rohaya Mohamad is the vice president of the club.He would be welcomed with open arms.

    With his well known acting skills in the porno industry he will not only expand the OWC into other very profitable areas of the sex trade.He can also be very useful to Umno in time of needs.

  2. #2 by bruno on Thursday, 23 June 2011 - 6:27 am

    CSL a doctor by profession and a former Health Minister was once upon a time thought to be a smart and upcoming politician.He in fact turned out to be not so smart.He was snarled in a trap set up by his political enemies from within his own party MCA. Dr. Chua was caught with hidden video cameras set inside the regular hotel room having sex with his supposedly mistress.

    Caught with his pants down he has no choice but to admit his sex roams.His plain silly excuse was that he shouldn’t have used the same hotel room everytime he had his sex roams in that cheap hotel.Having resign as HM and all his official party posts he should have retired from politics.

    He came back from semi retirement and challenged his president OTK for the presidently.To the surprise of many CSL managed to wrest the presidency from OTK.Being given a second chance of political life by the delegates of his party he should be grateful to the political gods.

    Instead of repenting of all the immoral wrongs he has commited, he used his new found position to condoned more immoral things.When a loose cannon clown sponsored by his master Umno was running loose on the streets ranting racial slurs,calling for jihad and threatening physical harm against upcoming Bersih rally CSL was nowhere to be found.

    If he don’t have the marbles to be heard and wanted to be a political chicken he should take all his mistresses and go lived in a chicken farm.He even have the cheek to criticised the upcoming Bersih rally.This CSL is only fit to be called the chicken doctor.

  3. #3 by dagen on Thursday, 23 June 2011 - 9:10 am

    So perkasa will hold an anti-bersih rally? And for what anti-bersih purpose would the rally be? Anti-bersih, isnt that kotor? Perkasa will hold a kotor rally? A kotor rally to counter our bersih rally?

    And know wot? Umno plays the kotor part as well. Bersih vs kotor. The choice is obvious, umno. A straightforward decision here. Bersih must be allowed and kotor must be denied. To deny the bersih rally for fear of the kotor acts by participants of the kotor rally is in itself a kotor act.

    Then again look at kerismuddin bin lembuddin – the joker with a permanent grin. He is kotor. Yuk. Kotor betul! Dan buruk. Bad. Bad. Bad.

  4. #4 by optimuzz on Thursday, 23 June 2011 - 9:34 am

    No offence meant here Kit, but can we see a commitment by DAP as to how many of its members it will galvanize to attend Bersih in the first place??

    Last Bersih saw a very small representation of the Chinese community. It would seem that they prefer to let others do the risky stuff and just wait till the elections to state their stand.

    While I do understand that DAP is ‘multi-racial’, it is primarily Chinese based, not necessarily in policies, but in numbers.

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