Time for unity and reconciliation

There is an air of freedom and liberation in Malaysia, that the country has been given a second chance to pursue our original Malaysian Dream to be a model to the world as to how a nation of diverse races, religions, languages and cultures could be united, harmonious, democratic, progressive and prosperous, with a government of integrity guided by the principles of good governance and accountability.

We must institute reforms to restore the independence, efficiency and professionalism of national institutions which had been ravaged by the excesses and mistakes of the past.

Those who have not broken the laws of the land and have not abused their powers should have nothing to fear.

This a time for national unity and reconciliation.

All Malaysians must be given an opportunity to support the new Pakatan Harapan Governemnt to save Malaysia from kleptocracy and kakistocracy and to pursue the Malaysian Dream of a united, democratic, just and great Malaysian nation.

This is not a time for vengeance and petty-mindedness.

All Malaysians, including those who had opposed Pakatan Harapan, should be welcome to join in the Pakatan Harapan’s new but challenging journey to re-set nation building policies and directions, provided they fully endorse the Pakatan Harapan’s vision and manifesto – without any conditions whatsoever.

(Media Statement in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 12th May 2018)

  1. #1 by good coolie on Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 11:49 am

    Barisan, our defeated brothers and sisters, have an important role to play in being a strong and mature opposition. I would advise them, and Pakatan Harapan, to abandon the old way of politicking. Be respectful to each other always, especially the in the August House which is our Parliament.
    Lead the way, Pakatan. God Bless our beloved country!

  2. #2 by good coolie on Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 12:16 pm

    The” re-set” you speak of must be done, principally, by Pakatan’s own example of fairness, and avoidance of vengence.

    That does not mean that one should not re-look the deaths of Altatunya, Morais, the AM Bank director, and the deaths of those in ACA and Police Custody. Civil Servants are answerable to the Rakyat whom they serve.

    Let us again stress the “servant” in the word, “civil servant.”

  3. #3 by undertaker888 on Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 2:03 pm

    Kit siang, are you allowing the virus to look for a new host? If yes let us know.

  4. #4 by tmc on Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 4:34 pm

    LKS, you should know of all people that our Prime Minister has been working full stretch at a pace that defies even the youthful generation. I and my friends would have collapsed during the long long wait he was made to undergo at the Palace for the swearing in. Then came press conference after press conference, meeting with PH heads and then finalising the ministries for the new cabinet. The latest in naming the new Ministers would have exhausted us.
    For a start at any press conference for our PM, pls have a strong willed moderator who should not entertain any attempts to prolong the the interviews, just because Tun is willing to accommodate the questions, PH should not. Let PM have the opportunity to take a break and come back refreshed. We do not want anything to happen to Tun. We want Tun as our PM, long live Tun !!!

  5. #5 by undertaker888 on Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 8:02 pm

    Exercise patience. Election in sarawak is 2021. The people will automatically vote them out. Put local new faces to compete with BN. Do a good job in Sabah to show them PH can govern well. No infighting.

  6. #6 by undertaker888 on Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 10:11 pm

    Kit siang, look at the newly minted Johor MB. Already showing former BN mentalities. No allocation for elected BN state reps in Johor he said. Give them the allocation but watch every sen is going to the people.

    Now you know why ma(s)(s) exodus into PH is dangerous. We are already losing faith

  7. #7 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 10:47 pm

    Unity and reconciliation? Sorry but it’s intellectually short sighted. PH was a coalition against Kleoptocracy largely. It was not a coalition of firm ideas and programs. Differences will happen no matter what. The urgency now, finish the job to catch the crooks and sort out priorities of differing priority within PH. It’s not unity, it’s about organising decision making, how differences are dealth with.

    Start with how to drop oil price and still wipe out GST?

    There is going to be conflict, it’s time to impose discipline in the process to deal with those conflict.

  8. #8 by winstony on Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 12:28 am

    Looks like some problems are developing among the component parties of PH regarding the appointment of Dr M’s cabinet.
    The guiding light in all such matters is that all appointees must be based strictly on merit, with the best person person being given the post and not based on race, religion or party affiliation.
    Does it really matter which party in the coalition has more or less cabinet posts?
    Just to fill up a post based on any other criterion other than merit will be like putting square pegs in round holes and the result will be one big mess for certain.
    What really counts is that the person appointed must best fit the post!
    And not from a certain party, just to fill up a quota!!
    Singapore has such sterling success in such a short space of time is because everything they do is based on merit and nothing else.
    I hope that the leaders in PH will bear this in mind.

  9. #9 by winstony on Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 10:31 am

    Now in our moment of euphoria, let us not forget about the whistle blowers who sacrificed so much for the country.
    Some have been jailed for whistle blowing despite there being a Whistle Blowers Act that is supposed to protect them.
    The whistle blowers are jailed while the criminals are allowed to be free.
    Rafizi & a bank clerk were jailed for whistleblowing.
    Due recognition should be given to them.
    Let’s not forget the contribution of Ms Clare Rewcastle Brown of Sarawak Report fame who contributed so much about the malfeasance in Sarawak; perhaps inviting her to visit a free Malaysia should be in order.
    There are others who may not be so well known.
    A big thank you to all of you for contributing to a better Malaysia!

  10. #10 by SuperStringhg on Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 11:22 am

    Mr Lim Kit Siang has said that he would like to have a Free and Democratic Malaysia as his Birthday Present when he celebrated his birthday on 20 Feb 1941. I think Malaysians have just delivered this wonderful Birthday present although “slightly” late. It’s ok.

  11. #11 by winstony on Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 3:07 pm

    Well, well, well.
    For a long time there is a drought in the comments section of LKS’s blog.
    During the long drought, there was hardly any comments!
    Perhaps most people felt that they can be arrested based on the Fake News Law.
    This law should be abrogated as soon as possible.
    Because what is fake news is based mainly on perception.
    So, it’s very easy to get entangled with the law for commenting!
    It is gratifying that Malaysians now feel free to voice out their views on what government and governance is all about.

  12. #12 by good coolie on Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 5:04 pm

    Yes, the Azalinan law was meant to suppress opposition to the Barisan Nasional government. That the law was an illusion of splendour, was obvious to everyone except Emperor BN. To say the least, the law was superfluous considering the powers already present in the MMC laws and other legislation. lt will no doubt meet its end at beginning of the next Parliamentary session.

  13. #13 by good coolie on Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 5:29 pm

    How come we are not hearing anything, in person, from our beloved Lim Kit Siang? Although he has spent a life-time in the service of Malaysia, this is surely not the time for him to be lost in in the Isle of Capri!

  14. #14 by Justice Ipsofacto on Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 5:40 pm

    Between You, uncle Lim, and your partner, the Malayan Tiger, I can see a good 100-year struggle.

    The victory in GE14 is plain “Mission Impossible: Accomplished”.

    And it gives me a good reason to be proud of Malaysia once more.

    Thank you.

    Lee Tai King

  15. #15 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 8:59 pm

    If it is time for unity and reconciliation, then it is about over issue of Islam in this country. The likes of G25 and others about how PH deal with Islam’s role in this country is absolutely correct. With UMNO out of power, PH must lead on the issue and not let PAS define it by default.

    PH must write the narrative not let PAS default to old, traditional even populist.

  16. #16 by Jeffrey on Monday, 14 May 2018 - 12:52 am

    Call for Reconciliation & Unity here means no campaign (official or unofficial) action or public recrimination against all who supported in any form, boot licked BN’s or vilified lied mocked and insulted viciously PH’s politicians including the PM the line being drawn at only whether or not they have broken the laws of the land and abused their powers? That’s a difficult line: it depends on how hard you want to probe and far you want to dig. Hard enough, you’d find some laws broken.

  17. #17 by Jeffrey on Monday, 14 May 2018 - 1:16 am

    Before you ask for unity and reconciliation for nation you must first ask that for Pakatan Harapan itself. You have PKR’s vice president Rafizi openly criticizing PM saying initial cabinet appointments not finalised. Then Deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali came out to say that that was Rafizi’s “personal views” and that de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim pledged undivided support for PM’s leadership (implying decisions on cabinet appointments as well) and now the latest from FMT news Rafizi rebutting Azmin saying PKR’s position is that there’s no final decision on Cabinet positions. Can you tell us what is going on???

  18. #18 by SuperStringhg on Monday, 14 May 2018 - 9:23 am

    Filling up the minister posts are not easy specially you have different parties involved. However, I hope the One Principle Must never compromised is whether this person is an honorable one. Sound straight forward but Most difficult to evaluate. Minister has advisers so the brain power can be tapped but honesty remains with the Minister. Hope those who do the selection will put Honesty as priority above other attributes

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