How did I suddenly become a communist in the past four years when in the previous 43 years, I was not a communist?

Recently, there has been an escalation of the campaign of lies and falsehoods against Pakatan Rakyat leaders, not only in cyberspace, but even in Parliament and the various State Assemblies.

The latest instance is in the Johore State Assembly, where the DAP State Assemblyman for Pekan Nenas, Yeo Tung Siong was accused of being a “communist” by the Umno State Assemblyman for Kukup Suhaimi bin Salleh for his speech in the State Assembly.

What was Tung Siong’s crime? What did Tung Siong say? Did Tung Siong glorify communism?

I asked Tung Siong and he sent me his speech in the Johore State Assemby early this week where he did not make any mention of communism.

He was speaking on Malaysia’s Gini coefficient or Gini index, i.e. income inequality in Malaysia, caused by scandals of corruption and abuses of power “berselindung atas nama keadilan social dan merakyatkan ekonomi”.

This is what Tung Siong said in the Johore State Assembly:

“Menurut laporan statistik Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia 2012, pendapatan purata bulanan bagi setiap isi rumah adalah RM 5000 pada tahun 2012. Bagi kumpulan 40 peratus terendah, pendapatan bulanan purata isi rumah hanya RM 1,847. Bagi kumpulan 40 peratus pertengahan adalah RM 4573. Manakala bagi Kumpulan 20% tertinggi adalah RM 12,159. Kumpulan 20% terkaya telah menguasai 48.6% pendapatan ekonomi manakala 40% termiskin hanya menguasai 14.8% pendapatan ekonomi.

“Nilai Koeffisien Gini Malaysia pada tahun 2012 adalah 0.431. Nilai ini telah melebihi tahap yang bahaya mengikut standard antarabangsa yang nilainya ditetapkan pada 0.4. Semakin tinggi nilai Koeffisien Gini, semakin jauh perbezaannya jurang pendapatan dalam kalangan rakyat.

“Kalau kita bandingkan Koeffisien Gini Malaysia dengan negara lain di Asia, kita akan dapati bahawa Koeffisien Gini di Thailand hanya 0.4, Indonesia 0.37 dan India 0.33. Malaysia telah menjadi salah sebuah negara yang mempunyai indeks gini yang tertinggi di negeri Asia.

“Apakah punca yang menyebabkan pengagihan kekayaan di negeri kita ini amat tidak seimbang dan dapat kita lihat sendiri sejumlah besar rakyat dibelenggu kesempitan hidup?

“Ada di kalangan kita akan melihat perkara ini dari perspektif perkauman, dakwaan seperti orang cina kaya akan timbul dalam fikiran mereka. Tetapi, adakah dakwaan ini mengambarkan realiti yang sebenar?

“Dengan memetik laporan statistik Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia 2012, ternyata negara kita ini menghadapi masalah dalam pengagihan kekayaannya kepada seluruh rakyat tanpa mengira batasan etnik kaum.

“Koeffisien Gini 2012 bagi kaum Bumiputra adalah 0.421, kaum Cina 0.422 manakala kaum India adalah 0.443. Ini telah menunjukkan bahawa jurang perbezaan kekayaan dalam golongan kaum yang sama adalah lebih kurang sama dengan nilai koeffisien Gini keseluruhan negara kita. Kesemuanya Koeffisien Gini telah melebihi 0.4 di mana sesuatu petunjuk tahap pengagihan kekayaan yang amat tidak seimbang dan merbahaya.

“Sekali lagi saya cuba tekankan dalam dewan yang mulia ini, tak semua yang berbangsa Cina itu kaya, masih ada lagi yang hidup dalam kesempitan. Begitu juga dari kalangan orang Melayu dan India. Masalah kemiskinan dan pengagihan kekayaan yang tidak seimbang di negara kita ini bukanlah suatu isu perkauman. Masalah ini adalah masalah yang dihadapi semua rakyat tanpa mengira bangsa dan agama.”

For advocating economic justice for all races in Malaysia through the closing of the widening gap of income inequality, Tung Siong was accused of having a “communist” objective.

Tung Siong has challenged Suhaimi to repeat outside the Assembly his “communist” aspersions against him, but Suhaimi has not dared to do so.

This is not an isolated incident. In fact, in the past four years, I have repeatedly been accused of being a communist by Umno cybertroopers on the Internet.

This is a phenomenon which started in 2009 after the 12GE.

How did I suddenly become a communist in the past four years when in the previous 43 years, I was not a communist.

I trace such lies and falsehoods against DAP and Pakatan Rakyat leaders to the increasing desperation of UMNO and BN leaders, who find that they are losing out in the battle for the hearts and minds of Malaysians.

Recently, I was accused of being part of the “Illuminati”, the so-called secret global organisation of the most powerful and influential elite to exercise political and economic control of the world. After the allegation in the Umno cyberblogs, I have to search the Internet to learn about the so-called Illuminati conspiracy.

I was accused in the Umno cyberblogs of belonging to one of the 13 so-called “families bloodlines” of Illuminati, in the company of the “Astor, Bundy, Collins, Freeman, Kennedy, Li, Onassis, Reynolds, Rockefeller, Rothschilds, Russell and Van Duyn”.

How did I become one of the 13 “families bloodlines” of this so-called Illuminati? This is the Umno cybertrooper explanation:

“Ada 13 keluarga yang membawa bloodline Illuminati , dan salah satu darinya ialah keluarga Li. Di Malaysia panggilan Li di tukar kepada Lim seperti Lim Kit Siang dan Lim Guan Eng dan di Singapura Lee. Ramai yang tak tahu Lee Kuan Yeu serta Lim Kit Siang adalah sepupu”.

“Ever since its formation, DAP has one member who happens to be a relative of PAP leader Lee Kuan Yew. His name is Lim Kit Siang, and in the early years when Lee Kuan Yew was studying in a High School in Batu Pahat, Lim Kit Siang was also schooling there and stayed with Lee Kuan Yew and his family (the historical fact about Lew Kuan Yew’s stay in Johore has been deleted from Singapore texts. So don’t bother yourself seeking verification. If you need corroborative evidence, ask the old folks at Batu Pahat).

“I guess you can already guess where I am going with this. Yes, Lee Kuan Yew and Lim Kit Siang are related or at least as close as a relatives as can be. It’s already known in public that Lee Kuan Yew was Lim Kit Siang‘s mentor ”

This is of course utter garbage – saying that I am a bloodline of the mysterious “Li”, that Lee in Singapore and Lim in Malaysia are the same, that Lee Kuan Yew and I are cousins, or that “when Lee Kuan Yew was studying in High School in Batu Pahat, Lim Kit Siang was also schooling there and stayed with Lee Kuan Yew and his family”.

This is a measure of the desperation of Umno/BN propagandists which should give us all hope and confidence that the days of extremism, intolerance and bigotry are on their way out, so long as we are committed to stay the course of moderation, tolerance and reason for a Middle Malaysia to achieve the Malaysian Dream for all Malaysians.

(Speech 3 by DAP Parliamentary Leader and MP for Gelang Patah Lim Kit Siang at the DAP Veterans Club Fourth Congress in Butterworth on Sunday, 17th November 2013at 10 am)

  1. #1 by loo on Sunday, 17 November 2013 - 10:59 pm

    Perhaps LKS challenge these goons to repeat statements in Singapore. We love to see these goons perished in court over there

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Monday, 18 November 2013 - 3:53 am

    Under UmnoB’s gomen, msm here got lisen 2 fart whatever sh!t mah, fart fart first, smear sh!t first, if kena sue in court, ok 1, if lose, then just say SOrry lor, semua kaw dim 1, objektif 2 smear with sh!t oredi achieved what, happi happi

  3. #3 by Noble House on Monday, 18 November 2013 - 4:42 am

    Malaysians could do without Mahathir, but they have only one Lim Kit Siang! He can be anything so long as he is NOT an emperor without clothes.

  4. #4 by undertaker888 on Monday, 18 November 2013 - 7:35 am

    When the retarded brown nazis ran out of ideas, communist, pendatangs, ..etc are common standard replies. Their monkey brains can’t think beyond getting a bagful of cash and calling you names.

    By their acts, they have converted Parliament into [email protected]

  5. #5 by Di Shi Jiu on Monday, 18 November 2013 - 8:43 am

    Mr Lim,

    That’s one of the funniest things I have heard in a while – you being a member of the Illuminati :)

    It would like saying that Najib Razak is a secret member of the Non-So-Secret Holy Order of Koala Bear Fondlers.

  6. #6 by Bigjoe on Monday, 18 November 2013 - 10:00 am

    Here is the bloody truth about UMNO – THEY would be communists capitalist IF communism was not against firstly religion and secondly against personal wealth. Their opposition against communism has got nothing to do with welfare of the people or the spiritual soul of the people. The truth is religion is MUCH more useful tool for them to oppress the people than the mantra of communism and they are too addicted to the excesses of capitalism to be frightened of communism..

    The truth is why UMNO/BN is so close to China is they wish they have the ruthless power of the communist in China and yet watch jealously of the potential to personal profit from capitalistic communist China.

    UMNO/BN TODAY, the Mahathir’s UMNO is the LEAST trustworthy to make comments about communism.

  7. #7 by TheWrathOfGrapes on Monday, 18 November 2013 - 10:17 am

    Just you wait, Kit. Next, you secret life as a Nazi will be exposed – you were a member of Hitler’s Sturmabteilung (stormtrooper).

    Hmmm, come to think of it, weren’t you involved in the Long March?

  8. #8 by tak tahan on Monday, 18 November 2013 - 10:02 pm

    Why be bothered to be labeled as anything unsubstantiated bogeyman from their own figment of wild imagination.If indeed what they project about you is the truth and nothing but the truth,you would have ended up in the lock up.Even Malays can see through their lies and no longer believe in them.Nothing new,just the same recycled old stories ie anti-Malays/Agonggong oops Agong,communist should not be of any surprise in deed.They are only making further fool of themselves.

  9. #9 by tak tahan on Monday, 18 November 2013 - 10:04 pm

    correction->should no be of any more surprise in deed.

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