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Don’t deregister UMNO – let it self-destruct!

Jangan batalkan pendaftaran UMNO — biarlah ia musnah dengan sendiri!

Saya bersetuju dengan Ahli Parlimen DAP Kepong Lim Lip Eng yang mana kerajaan tidak sepatutnya membatalkan pendaftaran UMNO kerana kesalahan para pemimpinnya. Namun begitu, politik kotor parti tersebut haruslah dibendung.

Saya percaya bahawa kerajaan Pakatan Harapan harus mengambil kedudukan yang lebih tinggi dan berikan ruang dan masa untuk UMNO memperbetulkan salahlakunya.

Sepanjang lima tahun di antara 2013 sehingga 2018, DAP pernah menghadapi situasi yang sama di mana Kabinet Najib mempertimbangkan pembubaran secara haram parti ini berdasarkan pelbagai tuduhan yang dibuat-buat.

Dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 yang berlangsung pada 5 Mei 2013 yang lalu, rejim Najib hanya berubah fikiran pada saat terakhir daripada keputusan untuk mengharamkan penggunaan simbol roket DAP pada PRU tersebut.

Sebelum PRU14, rejim Najib merasakan sangat yakin dengan kebolehan mereka untuk memenangi sehingga ⅔ kerusi Parlimen sehingga mereka memutuskan untuk tidak menggantung pendaftaran DAP — yang berasaskan tuduhan kononnya pilihan raya dalaman parti pada Disember 2012 dilaksanakan dengan cara yang tidak demokratik dan melanggar undang-undang — dan sebaliknya memilih untuk mengharamkan Parti Bersatu yang baru ditubuhkan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shall I just forget about New Malaysia and call it quits?

Patutkah saya hanya lupakan impian satu Malaysia Baharu dan bersara sahaja?

Salah satu respons kepada kenyataan saya semalam mengenai keupayaan Pakatan Harapan untuk memenangi PRU15 pada tahun 2023 — di mana saya telah menyatakan keyakinan saya untuk kemenangan ini — yang berbunyi seperti berikut:

“Bukan, bukan sekarang. Buat masa ini DAP pasti akan musnah. Sila turun ke peringkat akar umbi sekarang, dengar apa yang rakyat ingin katakan… dengar pendapat mereka yang dahulunya penyokong DAP… yang kini jumlahnya dapat dibilang dengan jari… Pemimpin DAP kini sudah menjadi pekak, buta… dan BODOH.”

Dua minggu yang lepas, saya telah mengatakan di Gelang Patah yang saya akan kehilangan kerusi parlimen Iskandar Puteri ini dan DAP akan kehilangan 30-40 peratus undi dalam negara jika pilihanraya umum diadakan sekarang.

Perkara ini menunjukkan betapa kritikalnya salah faham dan salah tanggapan yang dihadapi DAP dan Pakatan Harapan dalam kalangan penyokong kami.

Kami memerlukan masa untuk membolehkan penyokong kami menyedari yang DAP belum pernah dan tidak pernah mengkhianati mereka dan kami masih komited terhadap matlamat Malaysia Baharu yang berteraskan perpaduan, kebebasan, keadilan, kecemerlangan, dan integriti.

Jika benar DAP telah mengkhianati rakyat dan harapan dan matlamat Malaysia Baharu, maka layaklah DAP ditolak oleh rakyat Malaysia dan tidak akan ada cara untuk DAP mendapatkan semula sokongan rakyat. Malah sokongan ini hanya akan makin merosot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let Johore be the forefront to pioneer to recasting of the 2005 United Nations Initiative of Alliance for Civilisations to defuse tensions between Western and Islamic worlds into a genuinely universal civilizational collaboration with the growing importance of Chinese and Indian civilisations

Johore DAP has made history in the 53-year history of the DAP, as never before in a state meeting has there been more questions and more opinions expressed in the past three hours.
When I decided in 1966 to take the political plunge and join in the establishment of the DAP, it was purely for idealism and patriotism of what we can do for Malaysia. There was never a thought of elections, becoming a Member of Parliament or be part of the government.

But these became necessary steps in the process to translate our ideas and ideals into reality.

DAP leaders and members have undoubtedly found in the past 15 months that it is easier to be an Opposition party, and this explain for the thicket of views and questions by the Johore branch leaders this morning.

But in opposition, we cannot translate our ideas, ideals and hopes into reality, which we can while we are in government.

DAP members and supporters must have trust and confidence of DAP and its leaders that after so many sacrifices and struggles that they have gone through, the objectives and principles of the party for unity, integrity, justice and progress for all Malaysians will never be betrayed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mahathir wrong to brand Dong Zong as “racist” but Dong Zong was not right to claim that Jawi lesson for Chinese/Tamil primary school Std. 4 Bahasa Malaysia subject from 2020 was beginning of Islamisation

Perdana Menteri, Dr Mahathir Mohammad salah melabel Dong Zong sebagai “rasis”, tetapi Dong Zong juga tidak betul apabila mendakwa pembelajaran tulisan Jawi bagi mata pelajaran Bahasa Malaysia Tahun Empat di sekolah rendah Cina/Tamil bermula tahun 2020 sebagai permulaan Islamisasi

Perdana Menteri Dr Mahathir Mohammad salah melabel Dong Zong sebagai “rasis”, tetapi Dong Zong juga tidak betul apabila mendakwa pembelajaran tulisan Jawi bagi mata pelajaran Bahasa Malaysia Tahun Empat di sekolah rendah Cina/Tamil bermula tahun 2020 sebagai permulaan Islamisasi.

Kedua-dua insiden ini mengambarkan betapa berat salah faham yang timbul berkenaan tulisan Jawi di sekolah rendah Cina dan Tamil.

Saya berada di Chennai, Salem, Bangalore dan New Dehli ketika kontroversi subjek tulisan Jawi meledak dan taklimat oleh Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan, Teo Nie Ching dalam perjumpaan untuk ahli-ahli DAP Melaka semalam merupakan kali pertama saya mengetahui tentang punca sebenar kontroversi berkenaan.

Terdapat teori-teori konspirasi bahawa kontroversi tulisan Jawi ini didalangi oleh sama ada Menteri Pendidikan, Maszlee Malek atau Perdana Menteri Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad demi tujuan politik.

Pun begitu, hakikatnya, kontroversi subjek itu adalah warisan daripada kerajaan terdahulu kerana keputusan muktamad mengenai buku teks baru untuk sekolah rendah Cina dan Tamil untuk memperkenalkan subjek tulisan Jawi untuk murid-murid Tahun Empat pada tahun 2020 telah dibuat oleh Jawatankuasa Kurikulum Kementerian Pendidikan yang dipengerusikan oleh menteri pendidikan dan dua timbalan menteri pendidikan dalam satu mesyuarat pada 30 September 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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DAP will be defeated in Iskandar Puteri parliamentary seat and would lose 30 to 40 per cent of our votes in the country if election is held now, and we need time for the people to realise that the DAP has not betrayed them or that we have not given up on our objective of a New Malaysia of unity, freedom, justice, excellence and integrity

DAP akan kehilangan kerusi Parlimen Iskandar Puteri dan mungkin kehilangan sejumlah 30 ke 40 peratus undi jika pilihanraya umum diadakan sekarang, kita perlukan masa untuk rakyat menyedari yang DAP tidak pernah mengkhianati mereka mahupun melupakan matlamat bersama Malaysia Baharu yang berteraskan perpaduan, keadilan, kebebasan, dan integrity

DAP akan kalah di kawasan parlimen Iskandar Puteri dan kehilangan antara 30 hingga 40 peratus undi di seluruh negara jika piliharanraya umum diadakan sekarang.

Inilah tahap salah faham penyokong DAP yang terhadap DAP yang kini berada di dalam kerajaan Pakatan Harapan.

Kami memerlukan masa bagi menjelaskan kepada penyokong kami dan rakyat Malaysia yang DAP tidak mengkhianati dan kami masih belum melupakan matlamat bersama Malaysia Baharu.

Jika benarlah DAP telah mengkhianati perjuangan kami selama ini, adalah mustahil untuk kami mendapatkan semula sokongan rakyat, walaupun selama mana pun masa yang diberi. Malah, sokongan kepada kami hanya akan menjadi lebih teruk.

Setelah berjuang dan berkorban selama berdekad lamanya, DAP tidak akan sama sekali mengkhianati rakyat Malaysia, prinsip-prinsip kami, dan matlamat kami untuk membina sebuah Malaysia yang baharu yang berteraskan perpaduan, kebebasan, keadilan, dan integriti. Oleh itu, para pemimpin DAP haruslah berdaya tahan, bersabar, dan terus komited kepada agenda Malaysia Baharu. Read the rest of this entry »

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I have never said that one must learn Jawi to be a Malaysian – all I said was learning Jawi did not “make me any less of a Chinese, and may have helped in making me more of a Malaysian”

A friend has sent me a newspaper headline which quoted me as saying: “Learn Jawi To Be More Malaysian”.

I have never said one must learn Jawi to be a Malaysian – all I said in my statement from Salem, Tamil Nadu yesterday was learning Jawi while I was serving my first detention in Muar in 1969 did not “make me any less of a Chinese, and may have helped in making me more of a Malaysian”.

Malaysia is a multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious nation and we should leverage on our unique position where the great Islamic, Chinese, Indian and Western civilisations meet in confluence in Malaysia to build a great Malaysian nation.

We must be careful not to fall into the trap of conspirators who want to pit race against race, religion against religion to arouse suspicion, distrust and hatred in our plural society to regain political power and work against the flowering of the best of our multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians must develop a new self-confidence, a new “Malaysia Boleh” spirit, to exorcise the contrived or imaginary fears and demons so as to achieve a golden age for Malaysia

Kita semua haruslah membina suatu keyakinan diri yang baharu, satu semangat Malaysia Boleh, untuk kita melawan segala momokan dan ancaman yang dibuat-buat bagi mencapai era kegemilangan untuk Malaysia

Saya telah mengadakan perjumpaan dengan rakyat dan pelajar Malaysia semasa lawatan saya ke Salem semalam.

Daripada negara orang, saya telah mengikuti perkembangan semasa di tanah air, termasuklah kontroversi mengenai pengenalan seni khat jawi kepada pelajar darjah empat melalui kurikulum pendidikan Bahasa Malaysia di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina dan Tamil.

Beberapa persoalan telah timbul dan telahpun dijawab berkenaan dengan isu ini, antaranya:

Adakah menjadi kewajipan kepada pelajar-pelajar di SJK Cina dan Tamil untuk mempelajari tulisan jawi di bawah rancangan baru ini?

Tidak, kerana Kementerian Pelajaran tidak berhasrat untuk melaksanakan ujian atau peperiksaan untuk seni khat ini.

Bilakah rancangan untuk memperkenalkan seni khat jawi ini diputuskan?
Pada tahun 2016 oleh kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Adakah kementerian berhasrat untuk mendengar pendapat-pendapat lain mengenai perkara ini?

Pihak Kementerian Pelajaran akan meneruskan pelaksanaan rancangan ini, tetapi pandangan daripada pelbagai pihak akan terus didengari untuk memastikan terdapatnya pertimbangan yang adil.

Mungkin soalan yang lebih penting untuk ditanya adalah: Adakah seseorang yang belajar tulisan jawi itu mengkhianati bahasa dan budaya orang Cina?

Pada saya, jawapannya adalah tidak. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tribute to DAP Veterans – New Scenarios and challenges require fresh strategies but the political principles and objective to build a top world-class Malaysian nation remain the same

I want to pay tribute to DAP Veterans tonight.

Apart from me, the oldest DAP leader present tonight is the former DAP National Publicity Secretary and former MP for Seputeh Liew Ah Kim.

It took DAP 42 years of democratic political struggle to taste the first fruits of success and be a major part of the Penang State Government and part of Selangor and Perak (though for one year) state governments.

It required another 10 years (or 52 years after the DAP’s formation in 1966) before the DAP became part of the Malaysian Federal government coalition of Pakatan Harapan, retain our positions in the State Governments of Penang and Selangor, and a coalition partner in the state governments of Perak, Kedah, Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Johore and Sabah.

We have come a long way in the past 53 years, contesting initially in the by-elections in Kampong Baru (Selangor) Tampoi, Segamat Utara (Johore) and Serdang (Selangor) before contesting in the first national general election in 1969. Read the rest of this entry »

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July Parliament made great strides in institutional reforms but the pace is still too slow and unsatisfactory and more should be attempted in next Parliamentary meeting beginning in Octobert in keeping with the New Malaysia pledge of Pakatan Harapan

The July meeting of Parliament which ended on Thursday made great strides in institutional reforms – starting with the motion requiring Members of Parliament to publicly declare their assets, followed by the historic constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 21 years to 18 years (which to me is a 48-year dream come true as I had first raised this subject in Parliament in 1971) and ending with the first reading of the long-awaited Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill giving the civil society three months for public feedback and consultation.

A day after the ending of the 12-day meeting of July meeting on July 18, the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad announced after a meeting of the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption that the Freedom of Information Act will be drawn up to replace the Official Secrets Act 1972 and that major public service appointments like the chairmen and members of the Election Commission, Judicial Appointments Commission and Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) as well as the chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will be referred to the parliamentary select committee.

These are impressive institutional reforms which were never attempted by the Barisan Nasional administration before but the pace of institutional reform is still too slow and unsatisfactory and more should be attempted in the next Parliamentary meeting which will meet for 36 days from October 7 to December 5, 2019. Read the rest of this entry »

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DAP will not be MCA2 and MCA cannot be DAP2

A new political myth is making the rounds in Malaysia, that with the DAP in a silent mode, there’s need for a Third Force in the country.

According to this myth, as DAP has become MCA2, MCA should become DAP2.

There cannot be a greater misreading of political trends and dynamics in Malaysia as DAP will not be MCA2 and MCA cannot be DAP2.

It is akin to political imbecility to believe that MCA, after being almost eliminated in the 14th General Election, could evolve to become DAP2, when up to now, MCA dare not cut its umbilical cord with UMNO and  no MCA leader has the  conviction and temerity to denounce the 1MDB scandal and  the former Prime Minster,
Datuk Seri Najib Razak  for bringing the
country to Malaysia’s worst depths of international infamy, ignominy and iniquity by
being condemned by the world as a global kleptocracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stephen Wong’s untimely death – loss of a great Malaysian and a great Sabahan

We have lost a great Malaysian and a great Sabahan with the untimely death of Datuk Stephen Wong, Sabah DAP Chairman, DAP Central Executive Committee Member, Sabah Minister for Health and Wellbeing and Sandakan MP.

Wong is a dedicated political worker for the wellbeing and greatness of Malaysia and Sabah, the very embodiment of the example that it is no contradiction to be one at the same time a great Malaysian and a great Sabahan.

Wong had served Malaysia and Sabah well since elected as Member of Parliament for Sandakan in 2013 and re-elected in 2018 as well appointed Sabah Minister for Health and Wellbeing in the past ten months.

Before his active role in DAP Sabah, Wong was Sandakan Councillor and Secretary-General of the Sandakan Chamber of Commerce.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Parliament on Thursday, 28th March 2019)

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Two tasks for the 450 DAP Councillors to build a New Malaysia – to establish a clean and incorruptible culture of service and to be a force to promote understanding, tolerance, unity and harmony among diverse races, religions and cultures in Malaysia

I am somewhat surprised not that we have a retreat for local councillors, but that we have quite a large number of some 450 local councillors in the country – apart from the 42 DAP Members of Parliament and 119 State Assembly men/women in the country.

DAP has come a long way since our puny establishment 53 years ago, and it is important that the present generation of DAP leaders, in particular the DAP Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Members of Parliament, State Ministers and Exco and State Assembly representatives as well as the 450 local councillors should never forget where the DAP came from and where we want to go – the DAP came from ordinary Malaysians regardless of race or religion and our common objective is to help build a just, clean, free, democratic, united and prosperous Malaysia.
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My 2018 Christmas Wish – that Pakatan Harapan can win the next few general elections to accomplish the building of a New Malaysia with the resolution of the inter-party and intra-party PH problems, differences and conflicts

I am making a Christmas wish today – that Pakatan Harapan will grow from strength to strength to win the next few general elections so as to accomplish the building of a New Malaysia with the resolution of the various inter-party and intra-party Pakatan Harapan problems, differences and conflicts.

I am not a Christian but that does not prevent me from making a Christmas wish, just as my making a Hari Raya wish would not make me a Muslim.

One reason for making this Christmas wish is to elaborate on what I said in Luoyang, Henan last Thursday, where I responded to a FaceBook post from Tan Sri Clement Hii to explain why DAP would never become a MCA2. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why DAP will not become a second MCA

I was informed of a FaceBook post about me on the FaceBook of Tan Sri Clement Hii, as follows:

“FOR A BETTER MALAYSIA, HE NEVER GAVE UP.

“He got agitated when I mentioned people might see DAP as another MCA if it didn’t continue to push for its reform agenda now that it’s part of the ruling coalition. That’s vintage Lim Kit Siang – he won’t want anything to do with the previous regime which he sees as kleptocratic and spineless. I first met him in the 70s when I was a budding journalist, and many decades later, I find that he hasn’t wavered in his fight for a better and fairer country.
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Hanif’s cock-and-bull story that DAP wants Peninsular Malaysia to be partitioned into two parts, the West for Chinese and the East for Malays, is a rare and colossal act of mischief and irresponsibility by a former top cop

I have been thinking about the outrageous claim by the former Inspector-General of Police, Tun Hanif Omar, who said that the DAP proposal to split Peninsular Malaysia between the Malays and the non-Malays was detailed in a Special Branch intelligence report sent to him in his capacity as police chief of staff in the National Operations Council (Mageran) in 1969.

It would appear that the Special Branch knew more about the DAP than the DAP itself!

This is total news to DAP leaders and I myself, who was DAP Secretary-General for 30 years from 1969-1999, DAP National Chairman for five years from 1999 to 2004 and DAP Parliamentary Leader for 14 years from 2004 – 2018, have never heard of it.

I have just spoken to the founding National Chairman Dr. Chen Man Hin who will be 94 years old in another two months’ time. Dr. Chen, who was DAP National Chairman for 33 years from 1966 to 1999 and four-term Member of Parliament, confirmed that he had never heard of the preposterous and ridiculous proposal to partition Peninsular Malaysia into two parts, the West for the Chinese and the East for the Malays, which is against the very principle and objective of the DAP since the founding of the party in 1966. Read the rest of this entry »

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If Hanif is not senile, then he should act as a responsible former IGP but not be an irresponsible former top cop by failing to take cognizance of the “scorched earth” tactics of UMNO and PAS political opportunists and extremists in post-14GE exploiting the toxic and dangerous politics of race, religion, fear, hate and lies to new unprecedented levels

Former Inspector-General of Police, Tun Hanif Omar, has told Sinar Harian today that he is not senile, that he has got a good memory as he can still remember the Japanese bombing of Teluk Intan on 24th December 1941, when he was not yet three years old!

A person who is senile would not admit that he is senile, but I congratulate Hanif for having such a good memory. He is better than me as I could not remember what I did before I was three years old!

I had given Haniff 48 hours expiring around noon on Sunday to quote chapter and verse, date and place where I had made the preposterous and ridiculous proposal to partition Peninsular Malaysia into two parts, the West for the Chinese and the East for the Malays, for which he sent me to prison in 1969.

He failed to do so and his clarification to Sinar Harian today has not met my 48-hour deadline. Read the rest of this entry »

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My lawyers instructed to initiate legal proceedings against Hanif Omar if there is no satisfactory or acceptable response from the former IGP on his allegations against me by 12.30 pm tomorrow

My lawyers have been instructed to initiate legal proceedings against Tun Hanif Omar if there is no satisfactory or acceptable response from the former Inspector-General of Police on his allegations against me by 12.30 pm tomorrow.

Sinar Harian had reported Hanif as saying that he had put me in prison under the Internal Security Act in May 1969 because DAP wanted to divide Peninsular Malaysia into two parts after the 1969 General Election. the East Coast for the Malays and the West Coast for the Chinese.

This is a downright lie and falsehood, as neither DAP nor I had ever made such a preposterous proposal whether in 1969, before or after it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hanif Omar tidak membantu reputasinya sebagai mantan ketua polis negara yang paling lama berkhidmat, dengan menjaja kisah-kisah mengarut tentang kerjayanya sebagai seorang anggota polis

Bekas Ketua Polis Negara, Tun Hanif Omar tidak membantu reputasinya sebagai mantan ketua polis negara yang paling lama berkhidmat, dengan menjaja kisah-kisah mengarut tentang kerjayanya sebagai seorang anggota polis.

Ini kali pertama saya mendengar kenyataan bahawa untuk memelihara keharmonian negara ini, beliau mesti berkeras sebagai sebagai seorang pegawai polis atasan dan memenjarakan saya pada 1969.

Beliau dilaporkan oleh Sinar Harian sebagai berkata Parti Perikatan membentuk Barisan Nasional susulan rusuhan pada 1969.

Hanif berkata:

“Masa itu Parti Perikatan bentuk Barisan Nasional sebab pada masa itu negara kita hampir hancur. DAP pula minta Malaya dibahagi kepada dua.

“Pantai Timur kepada Melayu dan Pantai Barat kepada Cina. Jadi jawapan saya macam mana? Saya masukkan Lim Kit Siang dalam penjara.

“Dua tahun dia dalam tu. Itu cara ‘cara Hanif’ mengambil tindakan semasa menjadi Ketua Polis Negara,” ujarnya.

Saya kelu apabila mendengar kenyataan itu, membuatkan saya tertanya-tanya sama ada Hanif sudah nyanyuk atau mempunyai agenda tersembunyi untuk memburuk-burukkan saya dan DAP.

Apa yang diperkatakan Hanif itu penuh dengan pelbagai kesalahan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hanif Omar is not doing his reputation as country’s longest-serving top cop any service by retailing cock-and-bull stories about his past police career

Former Inspector-General of Police, Tun Hanif Omar, is not doing his reputation as the country’s longest-serving top cop any service by retailing cock-and-bull stories about his past police career.

This is the first time I had heard that to maintain the country’s harmony, he had to be tough as the top cop and put me behind bars in 1969.

Sinar Harian reported Hanif as saying that the Alliance had formed its successor coalition, BN, following the 1969 riots.

He said:

“At that time, the Alliance formed BN because the country was on the brink of destruction. DAP suggested that Peninsular Malaysia be split into two, East Coast for the Malays and the West Coast for the Chinese.

“What was my answer? I put Lim Kit Siang in prison.

“He was in (detention) for two years. That was Hanif’s way when I was the inspector-general of police.”

I am shocked beyond words, making me wonder whether Hanif has gone senile or he has suddenly adopted a secret agenda to demonise me and the DAP.

What Hanif said were replete with errors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chong Siew Chiang suffered discrimination and denied the opportunity to be a great judge from Sarawak but it opened the way for Chong Chieng Jen to be leading Malaysian political leader

On May 9, 2018, by peacefully and democratically changing the incumbent government for 61 years, Malaysians set an example to the world at a time when democracy worldwide is in general retreat to the forces of autocracy and authoritarianism that there is still hope in the democratic aspiration.

I always believe that Malaysia has the potential to be a world class nation in the words of Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman to be “a beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”.

However, in the past few years, Malaysia has fallen on bad times, and many Malaysians dare not even own up to being Malaysians when overseas, because Malaysia was scorned and joked about for becoming a global kleptocracy as a result of the monstrous 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal. Read the rest of this entry »

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