All are welcome to the Tuesday dialogue in KL on what is the most rational response to the escalation of racial and religious polarisation in Malaysia in the past eight months after the 13th General Elections so as to create another May 13

I have initially decided on a dialogue session at DAP Hqrs (4th Floor) at Jalan Yew, off Jalan Pudu Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 28th January 2014 at 8 pm with netizens and social activists after reading a joint statement by 83 young activists and writers urging me to retract my statement asking the PKR Penang State Assemblyman for Machang Bubok Lee Khai Loon to consider apologizing for the “flash mob” demonstration where kangkung was stuffed into the mouth of a cardboard cutout of the Prime Minister as they alleged that I was bowing down to the intimidation of “racists and political hooligans”.

Clearly, these young activists and writers signatories to the joint statement could not have read my statements in full or in detail, or had thought through the entire problem from all sides as to make such a call, and a dialogue session with them would be useful, as it is will provide an opportunity for an interaction where they could hear my views and I can benefit from hearing their standpoints.

The big issue involved however is not just about the “kangkung phenomena”, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Lee Khai Loon or about any one personality, but about the escalation of the racial and religious polarisation in Malaysia in the past eight months after the 13th General Elections, where an irresponsible and reckless group had enjoyed immunity and impunity to incite racial and religious hatred, conflict and tension so as to destabilise the country and create another May 13 racial riots to achieve their petty, selfish and even traitorous political objectives.

Thinking Malaysians must be concerned about the spiral of violence which the irresponsible and reckless group want to initiate in the country. Such a spiral of violence has started, as illustrated by the assault on the MIC Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan by an UMNO Youth leader two weeks ago and the violence against Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) enforcement officers by Penang UMNO thugs a few days ago.

There is also a growing spiral in the hardening of hatred and intolerance inimical to the maintenance of inter-racial and inter-religious relations, goodwill and harmony which have hitherto been the hallmarks of Malaysian nation-building.

For instance, Penang UMNO yesterday was involved in a call for a ban on pork being sold openly in public areas in Penang although as rightly pointed out by the DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh, open sale of pork in Penang existed even during British rule and under the Alliance Government, and no one had objected to it.

This is part of a conspiracy to up the ante to engineer and escalate animosity and conflict and poison inter-racial and inter-religious relations to create the conditions where there could be unrest in plural society leading to another May 13.

I welcome all Malaysians who are concerned these latest national developments in the country to the Tuesday dialogue which I have initiated on what is the best and most rational response to the escalation of racial and religious polarisation in Malaysian politics and public affairs in the past eight months after the 13th General Elections so as to create another May 13.

The Tuesday dialogue will be moderated by the DAPSY Chairman and MP for Rasah Teo Kok Seong. It will also be attended by DAP MPs and State Assembly members, including MPs Teresa Kok (Seputeh), Teo Nie Ching (Kulai), Loke Siew Fook (Seremban), Tony Pua (PJ Utara) and Ong Kian Ming (Serdang).

(Media Conference Statement during a Chinese New Year visit in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA), Skudai on Saturday, 25th January 2014 at 10.30 a.m)

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 5:05 pm

    Absolutely, LKS experience shines brightly through. THINK OF WHAT NAJIB HAS JUST DONE YESTERDAY – he has given up his responsibility to enforce the law and constitution AND just when Mahathir has set him up for complete failure for the task. What is at risk is no less than PUBLIC PEACE & ORDER that Najib and maybe a few others have given up, meaning getting ready to blame it on ANYONE they can, the slightest excuse.

  2. #3 by worldpress on Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 9:57 pm

    They monkeys bising-bising worrying short of bnanan supply coming soon

    Oh…pity monkey

  3. #4 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 11:46 pm

    Perkasa is playing with fire.

    UMNO is playing with fire.

    Najib is fiddling whilst the fire burns.

    YB LKS, your suggestion to have a public discussion is laudable before someone gets hurt.

    There is a need for statesmanship and reason in this hour of need.

    Mahathir has gone bonkers and with him the buffoons of UMNO and Perkasa. Najib is a bleating lamb, helpless and quite hopeless as perceived by the public.

  4. #5 by Noble House on Sunday, 26 January 2014 - 4:46 am

    This issue in a nutshell – stay civil, even under the most intense flames and adversities. Are we to be so blind with patriotism that we can’t face reality? Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it. I would rather take that one step back, two steps forward and can still come out ahead of the game.

    All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field. ~Albert Einstein.

  5. #6 by winstony on Sunday, 26 January 2014 - 7:59 am

    The reaction of the Devils is understandable.
    GE13 has shown them very clearly that even the Malays are going to dump them.
    That’s why immediately after that GE, they have intensified their attacks on all the leading personalities in the PR!
    What else can they do?
    Because more and more people, including the Malays themselves, are realising the Devils for what they really are!
    The PR must keep letting the people know that they are the only alternative to the bunch of lunnies at present ruling (ruining?) the country!!
    Demolish all their support!

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