Utusan Malaysia living up to its reputation as “lies-paper” when its Awang Selamat alleged that “LKS adalah antara orang kepercayaan Kuan Yew ketika dalam PAP” and that I was Kuan Yew’s press secretary

Utusan Malaysia is living up to its reputation as “lies-paper” when its Awang Selamat in Mingguan Malaysia today alleged “Lim Kit Siang adalah antara orang kepercayaan Kuan Yew ketika dalam PAP. Beliau juga adalah bekas Setiausaha Akhbar Kuan Yew sewaktu zaman muda nya.”

These are downright lies, as I was never ever involved in PAP during my years as a reporter in Singapore from 1961-1964, although I was active in Singapore National Union of Journalists, serving as its Secretary-General 1962-1963.

Furthermore, I was never press secretary to Kuan Yew although I worked for a period in the press section of the Ministry of Culture.

But more pertinent than Utusan Malaysia again proving itself to be a “lies-paper” instead of being “newspaper” is the intensification of the unscrupulous and unprincipled campaign of lies, falsehoods and demonization against DAP and Pakatan Rakyat leaders, especially with the realization by the UMNO leaders and strategists that UMNO/Barisan Nasional are not as confident of facing the 13th general election as they had once thought despite the recent boast by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak of a “14-0” BN thrashing for PR!

This has resulted in Najib further putting off the 13th general election date because of his worry that the “RAHMAN” political prophecy might come true – that RAHMAN stands for the first six UMNO Prime Ministers, namely Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Hussein Onn, Tun Mahathir, Tun Abdullah and “N” for Najib also signifying the last and “the end” of the UMNO line of Prime Ministers.

Will the 13GE see the beginning of a new line of Malaysian Prime Ministers, starting with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim?

Najib is neither confident nor certain that this will not be so, or he would have already called for the 13GE.

In desperation, UMNO leaders and strategists including Tun Dr. Mahathir have now resorted to a two-prong offensive – firstly, playing the race card to create racial suspicion and distrust to win the Malay heartland in utter disregard of Mahathir’s Bangsa Malaysia and Najib’s 1Malaysia concepts; and secondly, a vilification and demonization campaign against DAP and Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

The 13GE is going to be the dirtiest general election in the half-century history of the country.

Already, all sorts of lies and falsehoods have been hurled against DAP leaders and this is only the beginning.

For instance, among the terrible and atrocious lies told about the DAP on the Internet and social media when there is no ounce of truth whatsoever include:

• DAP wants to create a Christian Malaysia and make Christianity the official religion;

• Appoint a Christian Prime Minister; and

• Abolish the Sultanate system and establish a republic.

Through the Internet, UMNO/BN cybertroopers spread the vicious lie that I was responsible for the May 13 riots in 1969 and that I had roamed the streets of Kuala Lumpur after the 1969 general election results, hurling anti-Malay abuses resulting in the May 13 riots.

In actual fact, I was never in Kuala Lumpur on May 10, 11, 12 and 13, 1969, something which could be easily verified in the media at the time and by the police records.

I was standing for parliamentary election in Bandar Melaka in 1969 and on the morning of May 13, 1969, I had taken the morning flight to Kota Kinabalu to help in the election campaign of Sabah Independent candidates as polling for Sabah in the 1969 general election was staggered for two weeks after polling in Peninsular Malaysia.

But what is even more monstrous is the accusation by UMNO/BN cybertroopers that Lim Guan Eng was also responsible for the May 13 riots of 1969 on the ground that Guan Eng was the DAP Youth leader at the time and was in the forefront of anti-Malay attacks.

This is a triple lie.

Firstly, the DAP was never anti-Malay but was fully committed since our formation in 1966 to be a Malaysian party representing the legitimate rights and interests of all races in the country.

In fact, in 1969 DAP fielded several Malay candidates for parliamentary and state assembly elections and two Malay State Assemblymen were elected on DAP tickets, one in Perak and the other in Negri Sembilan.

Secondly, there was no DAP Youth in l969 as DAPSY (DAP Socialist Youth) was only formed in 1973, and the late P.Patto was the first DAPSY leader.

Thirdly, Guan Eng was only eight years old in May 1969 – and it illustrates how dirty, unprincipled and unscrupulous politics has degenerated in Malaysia in the run up to the next general election that such a despicable and contemptible accusation could be leveled against an eight-year-old child!

Is Najib prepared to fight a clean, free and fair election campaign in the 13GE?

Utusan Malaysia is the official newspaper of UMNO. When is it going to stop being a “lies-paper” and revert to its role as a newspaper as in the first three decades of its history?

  1. #1 by monsterball on Sunday, 1 July 2012 - 5:33 pm

    If they do not tell lies and half truths how do you expect UMNO b to keep wining elections?
    Do not forget….billions are stolen and Utusan must concoct and conjure sensational lies to please Najib or else Chief Editor will be replaced.

  2. #2 by monsterball on Sunday, 1 July 2012 - 5:37 pm

    But Lim Kit Siang must protect himself.
    We Malaysians need only read his blog and life story video put out for years.
    No BN guys have said LKS lied.
    Utusan is famous for their idiotic thick skin lies and deceits.
    Only idiots read Utusan.

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 1 July 2012 - 5:50 pm

    Frankly Utusan has been sniffing political ‘Angel Dust’ – they are not not merely lying they are hallucinating..Lies aside, they think that the mention of the word PAP, Singapore and LKY will automatically conjure up HATE & FEAR? Its simply insulting to even the rural Malays..

    At this juncture, this late in the hour, Mahathir got it right – if they want to keep to the same path – they are left with the politics of HATE & FEAR and all these years of them scaring them with it, what has Singapore done or doing to be feared with or hated with? Do they see Singapore running rampant or planning to sneakingly invade in droves what ? Our shopping centres?

    Seriously, Utusan is on political LSD all along really and have lost their freaking marble..

  4. #4 by boh-liao on Sunday, 1 July 2012 - 7:03 pm

    Definitely after RAHMAN, there will b NO MORE PM of M’sia, bcos NR will only hold GE13 in early 2013, after Dec 2012 when d world will come 2 an END (per Mayan calendar)
    Yeah, correct, correct, correct, the END is NIGH

    As far as lies r concerned, UmnoB/BN will make full use of msm under their control 2 sell more blatant lies n racist threats 2 brainwash n terrorise voters (esp Malay voters) 2 vote 4 them

    Expect full page adverts fr UmnoB/BN warning Malays against voting 4 PR in order 2 preserve Malay survival n identity: Malay first mah
    Go 4 d narrow TRIBAL INSTINCT mah, U know

  5. #5 by yhsiew on Sunday, 1 July 2012 - 8:05 pm

    ///worry that the “RAHMAN” political prophecy might come true…..///

    The last day of the Mayan calendar is on Friday, 21 December 2012. If GE13 does not take place before 21 December 2012, then Najib will be the last Prime Minister.

  6. #6 by yhsiew on Sunday, 1 July 2012 - 8:50 pm

    Awang Selamat needs not make the big fuss because Lee Kuan Yew has already made it clear that Singapore will not re-join Malaysia.

  7. #7 by cskok8 on Sunday, 1 July 2012 - 10:46 pm

    Just saw the picture of the so-called indelible ink in today’s paper. The ink is marked on the nail, not on the finger itself which is what I thought the other countries using the ink are doing. Ink on nail can be scrapped off, just ask any lady who has used nail polish.

  8. #8 by jus legitimum on Monday, 2 July 2012 - 1:06 am

    Why not Utusan also accuse China of making Malaysia its satellite state through Najis for accepting the two big pandas? Awang selamat should continue with such lies until its master becomes the laughing stock in the whole of SEA and Asia.Singapore is definitely looking down on this useless big neighbour which despite loaded with tons of rich natural resources but its currency value has dropped to only one quarter of her currency.

  9. #9 by Winston on Monday, 2 July 2012 - 1:13 pm

    Suffice to say that UMNO/BN has plenty of phobia regarding many of the leaders in PR!
    That’s the reason for all the “brickbats” being thrown at them.
    But all these will boomerang on the throwers!!!

  10. #10 by sheriff singh on Monday, 2 July 2012 - 11:21 pm

    ‘….the intensification of the unscrupulous and unprincipled campaign of lies, falsehoods and demonization…’.

    This is only a foretaste of what is to come. As we approach the inevitable general elections in the coming months, expect heightened attacks to keep you all pinned down.

    Berita Hairan (and many others) appear to have been given a carte blanche to do all these false reporting with impunity. If they can sway a few percentage points in favour of the BN, then it would be worth it, a success.

    How then can PR effectively deflect and neutralise all these incessant attacks?

  11. #11 by on cheng on Wednesday, 4 July 2012 - 9:01 pm

    Yang bodoh tu kata, budak 8 tahun (Lim GE) pada 1969 boleh buat huruhara May 13 ??? Hanya surat khabar bodoh boleh kata macam tu !!

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