Kit Siang denies ‘Utusan’ article, says it proves paper’s seditious act

By Ida Lim
The Malaysian Insider
May 08, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 — DAP today denied the allegations in an Utusan Malaysia article today, with the party’s advisor Lim Kit Siang saying that it was a self-admission by the Umno-linked paper that it had committed sedition.

“It is an admission that Utusan has committed seditious, incendiary and inflammatory articles and they justify by saying that ‘siapa dulu memulakan provokasi’ (who started the provocation).”

“We deny completely that we had anything to do with the various allegations made in this defence…we did not provoke them. We had nothing to do with all the things reported in this article,” Lim said at a press conference at the party’s headquarters here, referring to a piece titled “Siapa mula provokasi dahulu?” (Who started the provocation first?) by the Malay-language paper’s columnist Zulkifli Bakar.

In the column, senior editor Zulkifli claimed that DAP should be held responsible if chaos erupts, in a statement that echoes past warnings of a possible repeat of the May 13, 1969 race riots.

“The DAP should not be evasive in this matter and attack Utusan Malaysia.

“And they must be ready to be responsible if the country erupts into chaos because it was them that started the extreme political provocation to influence the Chinese to reject BN,” Zulkifli had written when defending Utusan’s choice of ‘Apa Lagi Cina Mahu? (What more do the Chinese want?)’ as its frontpage headline yesterday.

Lim challenged Utusan to list down the statements where DAP had allegedly spoken provocatively.

“What is it that we have said that we be compared to race-baiting and provocation and seditious outputs that appear daily in Utusan?” he asked.

During today’s press conference with other DAP leaders, Lim also urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak not to “play with fire”.

The DAP veteran leader asked if Najib truly believed in the “1 Malaysia” concept and the need for national reconciliation, claiming that the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman had singled out DAP when saying that the party had allegedly misled the Chinese community.

Lim accused Najib of behaving in a “racist manner”, asking when the leader would start acting as a prime minister for all Malaysians.

“When is he going to start becoming a Malaysian prime minister instead of a racist prime minister?” he asked.

Lim then challenged Najib to a series of public debates over the latter’s claim that BN’s poorer showing in the May 5 polls was due to a “Chinese tsunami”, while insisting that the switch in support for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in the seats it had won was from all races in Malaysia and from the urban areas.

When asked if Najib could be looking to garner more votes within the party for his Umno presidential post with his statements, Lim agreed that it was “possible”, before saying that national interests must take precedence over Umno’s and Najib’s interests.

“What’s the use of hoping to get re-elected in Umno if he abandons his own signature policy of 1 Malaysia?” Lim asked.

Lim also said the key issue was Najib’s stand as the country’s prime minister, while the issue of whether DAP would sue Utusan is a secondary matter.

He also urged BN leaders who had defended Utusan to follow former Umno deputy minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah’s lead in speaking out against the paper’s choice of headline yesterday.

Lim said the Attorney-General must take action against Utusan if he is “professional and independent”.

The police started investigating Utusan Malaysia for sedition yesterday, hours after the Umno-owned daily sparked a nationwide uproar with its incendiary front page report seen to blame the Chinese for the BN’s weaker score in Election 2013.

BN took a severe beating this round and bled more seats at both the federal and state levels compared to 2008, leaving it with only 133 federal seats and 274 out of the 505 total state seats despite wresting back Kedah from PR.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 8:13 pm

    The unfortunate truth is no matter what anyone say, Mahathir, Najib and their ‘geng’ is going to continue their racist and blaming ranting no matter what is truth and facts are…This is what the irresponsible and haters do when they are backed against the wall..

    The real fact to be noticed is that they feel they are backed against the wall when they have just WON the GE with numbers that any other jurisdiction would be more than respectable if you ignore the fraudulent and unfair way they got them..

    Their ranting indicate they are not thinking, MAY NOT BE ABLE TO think through the problem, and hence what we will see is more of the same for the next 5 years..

    Najib already made an interview reiterating that he will continue to do what he has done in his previous tenure despite the fact he saw continual drop in numbers and losses. Who runs a business that see declining numbers and keep repeating the same thing again and again?

    Najib is in fact upset that his plan has not worked and brattishly insisting it will work.. We are not dealing with the leader of a nation but rather a spoilt brat stubborness..

  2. #2 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 8:28 pm

    The simple rural folks who have access only to Utusan, TV3, RTM will cling on to every word that is dished out to them.

  3. #3 by on cheng on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 8:59 pm

    Why, they never say Kelantan Malay don’t support bn, that they no grateful? Kelantan under PAS more than 15 years !
    or that Selangor Malay support pkr, been ungrateful?
    Don’t insult the Chinese been misled by anyone !!

  4. #4 by Winston on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 9:11 pm

    That’s all the more reason why the scums’ party must go!

  5. #5 by Winston on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 9:12 pm

    Looks like they are becoming more rabid each passing hour!!!

  6. #6 by Taxidriver on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 9:27 pm

    Anyone of average intelligence will know UM is lying. All those are mere excuses to justify their actions to whip-up racial sentiments. Sadly, 1Malaysia Najib and PDRM are doing nothing about it.
    And… bro kit and all PR candidates who won in the elections, congratulations. But honestly, I am very disappointed capable leaders like Mat Sabu, Salahuddin Ayub, Husam…. lost

  7. #7 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 9:59 pm

    ///because it was them that started the extreme political provocation to influence the Chinese to reject BN…///

    Instead of making a cheap publicity stunt, why didn’t Zulkifli Bakar make a police report?

  8. #8 by good coolie on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 10:22 pm

    There is, now, considerable in-fighting among the leaders of political parties. Prominent of those jockeying for power are the top echelons of UMNO. Any thing goes from now until the leadership issue is securely settled. There will be pressure coming from Sabah and Sarawak for posts in government. Gone are the days when a few sweets would have satisfied Sabahans and Sarawakians.
    I hope Najib’s best friend in Sarawak does not thumb his nose in righteous anger at certain Malaysian politicians.
    Would MCA do the honourable thing and become a non-political, moral upliftment society, in expitiation of all its past sins?
    Let Najib carry on; and Muhyiddin wait patiently. A little respect is due to the PM, though. I thought he was a gonner. And better the devil you know, you know.
    Meanwhile blame the Chinese for UMNO Bahru’s ills; didn’t they exercise their rights as citizens?

  9. #9 by tuahpekkong on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 10:33 pm

    UMNO people don’t seem to understand the meaning of the word democracy. They thought they have the mandate from God to rule this country forever. I think the signing of the Election Integrity Pledge and the promise that they would respect the wishes of the people were all fake. Did they thank the Chinese when UMNO was literally saved by them in the 1999 GE and punish the Malays for not supporting them? Utusan Malaysia is playing with fire now by demonising the Chinese and inciting the Malays to hate the Chinese. 1Malaysia is dead now.

  10. #10 by cinaindiamelayubersatu on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 10:48 pm

    Diakhirat nanti,si editor utusan akan dikerat lidahnya kerana niat tipu helahnya untuk menkucar kacir sesama umat.

  11. #11 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 11:17 am

    It is the ‘Devil’s’ paper. What do you expect ? Gospel truths ?

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