I will not become a second Jho Low, an international runaway from law and order and fugitive from justice

A leader of klepto-theocracy said I should leave Malaysia, and not Zakir Naik.

I thank my old friend K. Seeladass who responded with an account of the May 13,1969 riots and how I came back to Kuala Lumpur to certain arrest despite being advised not to do so.

I did not run away as I did not want to become a Jho Low, an international runaway from law and order and a fugitive from justice.

Despite the lies and falsehoods of UMNO cybertroopers, I was never in Kuala Lumpur during the May 13, 1969 riots. I was at a Kota Kinabalu public rally in aid of the election campaign of the independent parliamentary candidate when I first heard news of the May 13, 1969 riots in Kuala Lumpur.

I was expelled from Sabah as I had criticised the then Sabah Chief Minister, Tun Mustapha Mohamad, at the rally on May 13, 1969 and I was in Singapore for three nights as the Subang International Airport was not operational with the Klang Valley under curfew following a declaration of emergency.

Despite advice by party leaders and family members not to return to Kuala Lumpur, as my name was on the blacklist for Internal Security Act arrest, I took the next available flight to Subang International Airport from Singapore on May 18, 1969 when the airport was re-opened.

I had phoned my wife who was with the four children in Paramount Garden, Petaling Jaya informing her that I was not returning to KL so that she would not have to worry about me just before I left for the Singapore Airport to embark on that fateful flight which started my first Internal Security Act detention.

At the Subang Airport, I was instantly taken into custody by the police personnel who were waiting for me.

I had returned to KL from Singapore then as I felt that my place was with the people who had just elected me as Member of Parliament (Bandar Melaka), and that my duty demanded that I return home to be with the people inside the country instead of being an international fugitive from justice – and that even if I was to be detained under ISA, I must be man enough to face the consequences.

I would never be a Jho Low or even Zakir Naik.

Another leader of klepto-theocracy had invited me, all expenses paid, to visit Kelantan to discuss the issues with Zakir Naik.

This is most strange and extraordinary

Three days ago, I had said I supported Anas Zubedy’s open letter to Zakir Naik, who had given four reasons why Zakir Naik should leave Malaysia voluntarily.

Now I am being attacked as being anti-Islam for supporting Anas’ Open Letter, but no attack had been made on Anas or to engage him on his Open Letter to Zakir Naik. Isn’t Anas a Muslim?

Why is this the case and what is the rational for such irrational behaviour?

I had yesterday been tickled blue by another leader of klepto-theocracy who said that Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was preferred as Prime Minister of Malaysia as he was not easily influenced by the DAP.

Why did the propagandists of klepto-theocracy so easily forget that they had alleged earlier that Tun Dr. Mahathir had become my stooge?

Malaysian politics is in no-man’s land. On the one hand, Mahathir is alleged to be my stooge, but at the other end of the political spectrum, I am alleged to be Mahathir’s stooge.

Can these leaders of klepto-theocracy decide who is whose stooge – whether Mahathir is my stooge or I am Mahathir’s stooge?

A few years back, a leader of klepto-theocracy said only DAP defended PAS when the Kelantan state government fell to Barisan Nasional in 1978 and PAS was very grateful.

Now all this is forgotten.

It would appear that apart from misuse of Islam to support thievery, corruption intolerance, bigotry, lies and falsehoods, the proponents of klepto-theocracy needs another quality – political amnesia!

Probably they need also another “quality” – becoming “dumb and dumber” over the years!

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Salem, Tamil Nadu on Saturday, 3rd August 2019)

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