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The birds are chirping, does it herald a spring-time of freedom in Malaysia – but will it be snuffed out like the Arab Spring?

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The birds are chirping, does it herald a spring-time of freedom in Malaysia – but will it be snuffed out like the Arab Spring?

These thoughts crossed my mind as I breathed a new air in the atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry »

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A New Malaysia is not a lost cause but it will not be an easy battle – we have taken only the first step in a long, arduous and uncertain struggle for justice, freedom and dignity for all Malaysians

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I have said that with the jailing of the former Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, there is now light at the end of the tunnel that Malaysia can return to the nation-building principles our founding fathers have entrenched in the Malaysian Constitution and Rukun Negara – constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy, separation of powers, rule of law, good governance, public integrity, meritocracy, respect for human rights and national unity from our multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural diversity where there are no first-class and second-class citizens whether based on race, religion or region.

Not all agree. There are those who do not see any light at the end of the tunnel and others who are so pessimistic that they expect the light to die off before the end of the tunnel is reached. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Sarawak and Sabah to set up a joint MA63 Constitution Review Commission to review the fulfilment of MA63 for Sarawak and Sabah 60 years after the formation of Malaysia in 1963

We meet here especially in appreciation and honour of Chong Siew Chiang, whom I will name the Father of DAP Sarawak, for establishing DAP in Sarawak in 1978 to achieve the Malaysian Malaysian objective in pursuit of the Malaysian Dream.

Next year will be the 60th anniversary of the formation of Malaysia in 1963, and for the occasion, I propose that Sarawak and Sabah set up a joint MA63 Constitution Review Commission to review the fulfilment of Malaysia Agreement 1963 for Sarawak and Sabah.

The establishment of such a Joint Commission will be an important step to achieve the Malaysian Dream which should be the aspiration of every patriotic Malaysian.

The next national general election is not far off, but it will be a challenging one for Sarawakians and Malaysians, as the days of political hegemony by one political party is gone and a thing of the past.

Malaysians will have to learn to work together without sacrificing the basic principles of serving the national interest to promote unity, harmony, justice, democracy, good governance, prosperity and well-being of all Malaysians.

This is one aspect of the re-set of nation-building principles and policies which the country must undertake if Malaysia is to fulfil its potential to be a world-class great nation, instead of being overtaken by one country after another in the last half-a-century.

Malaysia is at the meeting-point of four great civilisations – Malay/Islamic, Chinese, Indian and Western – and there is no reason why we cannot leverage on the best virtues and values of these four great civilisations to build a great and world-class Malaysia.

But the journey to make Malaysia a world-class great nation is a marathon and not a sprint, it must be counted in decades and even centuries and not in days, months and years, which is why it is important that Sarawakians and Malaysians develop the long-term spirit of the long-distance runner to make Malaysia a world-class great nation.

(Speech by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang at a DAP Sarawak luncheon ‘”In Appreciation and Honour of Lim Kit Siang and Chong Siew Chiang” in Kuching on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 1 pm)

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Can Malaysians rediscover the spirit of hope and challenge in the 2018 general election to continue to press for change and excellence in Malaysia to save the country so that Malaysia can be a world-class great nation?

There is an old film on the Inn of Sixth Happiness.

The 56th Installation Dinner tonight is a Dinner of Four Happiness.

Firstly, it is the birthday of Jitco Chin, newly installed President of the Pudu Rotary Club. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can Malaysia get rid of the infamy of being “ kleptocracy at its worst” in the world when the RM29,125 monthly salary of the Chief Secretary to the Government is deemed “too little” by a former Prime Minister?

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For the past half a century, Malaysia has, in the words of 76-year-old Yusuf Hashim, become “a broken country” – once a potential Tiger but now possibly one of the greatest kleptocracies in the world!

We have lost out to Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong in economic development in the past half a century. Would we lose out to more countries in the next half a century – even to Indonesia and the Philippines?
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We must reignite hope and confidence in the future as we hold in our hands the ability to reverse the national decline of the past half a century

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I take this opportunity to announce my political retirement and I will not contest for any position, including the party CEC today – you should delete No. 39 from the CEC candidate list) – or any parliamentary or state assembly seat.

I have been with the party for 56 years – two days ago was the DAP’s 56th anniversary –   and have seen it develop from a small opposition party which fought the first general election in 1969 into a major political party in the Pakatan Harapan coalition which won the 14th General Election in 2018 and formed the government in seven states.
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Sarawak general election a setback for DAP which must learn from the mistakes but DAP will not be deterred from the Malaysian Dream of making Malaysia a world-class great nation before Malaysia’s Centennial in 2063

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I was in Keningau yesterday and Pensiangan this morning to celebrate an early Christmas as there was no Christmas celebration last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

I had campaigned in the Sarawak general election and I had hoped that DAP will win half-a-dozen seats at the end of the campaign. The election results produced two DAP seats – Padungan and Pending.
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Malaysia is not faced with Chinese vs Malay contest but how to inculcate among Malaysians, whether Malays Chinese, Indians, Kadazans or Ibans a “Malaysian First” mindset, mentality and loyalty

Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Anwar Ibrahim, said in Machap, Johore earlier today where former Education Minister, Mazlee Malik, joined PKR as a member, that Pakatan Harapan’s enemies have painted a picture that if PH came into power, the Chinese community would dominate the Malays.

Anwar said the same propaganda was used by its enemies in the Malacca state elections last Saturday.
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Malaysia has lost out to China and now losing out to India and Indonesia in handling the Covid-19 pandemic – how low will Malaysia go?

I am fortified in my call yesterday to the Malacca voters to represent Malaysians to vote against both the Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates for the loss of nearly 30,000 lives (with more than 6,000 Brought-in-Dead Covid-19 deaths) and nearly 2.6 million Covid-19 cases because we are left far behind by other countries in the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yesterday, we recorded 6,355 new Covid-19 cases and 45 Covid-19 deaths (including seven BID deaths), losing out to India which recorded 5,883 daily new Covid-19 cases and losing out to Indonesia which beat Malaysia by recording five (5) daily single-digit Covid-19 deaths!
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I have been guided all my life by Wen Tianxiang’s immortal words “All men are mortal but my loyalty will illuminate the annals of history forever” and have never compromised my loyalty to Malaysia to make it a world-class great nation

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Two days ago, I visited the Sam Tiong Keng temple in Semabok, Malacca which is in the Banda Hilir state constituency where we are fielding Malacca DAPSY Deputy Chief Leong Chau Yan.

I was in for a surprise as the main historic figure the temple was dedicated to was Wen Tianxiang, the poet-politician of the Southern Song dynasty, who chose death instead of betrayal of his loyalty to Kublai Khan and the Yuan dynasty.

I have been guided all my life by Wen Tianxiang’s immortal words “All men are mortal but my loyalty will illuminate the annals of history forever” and have never compromised my loyalty to Malaysia to make it a world-class great nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can the 12th Malaysia Plan really be a Game-Changer?

Ngeh Khoo Ham, the Member of Parliament for Bruas who was Perak DAP Chairman and former Perak State Assembly Speaker, turned 60 years old today.

He said in WhatsApp together with an old photograph of DAP leaders campaigning on the “No to 911, Also No to 929” issue twenty years ago on a pick-up truck showing among others Ngeh, Fong Po Puan (then MP for Batu Gajah), Nga Kor Ming (then State Assemblymnan for Pantai Remis and later former Deputy Speaker and MP for Teluk Intan) and myself:
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In Memory of Ong Yen Chong – the class of 1959, Batu Pahat High School

Shortly after lunch yesterday, my classmate Pek Teck Soon messaged my daughter, Hui Ying: “Sorry to inform that Ong Yen Chong passed away last night. His wake is at Nirvana KL but no visitors allowed. This message just relayed to me by his niece. RIP”

It came completely out of the blue. No one expected Yen Chong to leave so suddenly as he appeared to be as fit as a fiddle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on all contending candidates to close ranks and rally behind the leadership of Liew Chin Tong and Teo Nie Ching to take Johore DAP to new heights – which is to be the front-line state for DAP and Pakatan Harapan to win the 15th General Election to begin to fulfil the Malaysian Dream

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I will not be able to attend the Johore DAP State Convention in Batu Pahat on Sunday, May 2, 2021 as I am in Covid-19 quarantine for 10 days from April 30 to May 9.

I would therefore be unable to cast my vote at the Johore DAP State Elections.

I have no Covid-19, but I was in contact with someone tested positive for Covid-19. Read the rest of this entry »

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Challenge for DAP is to reaffirm the four principles of Malaysian nation-building adopted at the First DAP Congress in Setapak in 1967 and expand their support among Malaysians to win the 15th General Election to begin to fulfil the Malaysian Dream for Malaysia to be a united world-class great nation

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I have called on DAP cadres and members at all levels and throughout the country to unite and rally behind the party for Pakatan Harapan to achieve a new high point in the 15th General Election as well as to safeguard the party against external forces which are trying to split and destroy it.

Our challenge is to reaffirm the four principles of Malaysian nation-building adopted at the First DAP Congress in Setapak in 1967 and expand their support among Malaysians to win the 15th General Election to begin to fulfil the Malaysian Dream for Malaysia to an united world-class great nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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DAP does not want Chinese “sand” or English “sand” as we want Malaysian “sand”

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Poet W.B. Yeats in “The Second Coming” wrote:

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
“Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
“The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
“The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst
“Are full of passionate intensity.”

DAP believes in holding the centre of Malaysia to prevent the plural country from being torn apart by extremism and intolerance or sliding down to kleptcracy, kakistocracy and a failed state. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on DAP cadres to unite and rally behind the party for Pakatan Harapan to achieve a new high point for Malaysia in the 15th General Election as well as to safeguard the party against external forces which are trying to split and destroy it

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I want to make a special call to DAP cadres at all levels and throughout the country to unite and rally behind the party for Pakatan Harapan to achieve a new high point in the 15th General Election as well as to safeguard the party against external forces which are trying to split and destroy it.

This call from Pekan Nenas is particularly meaningful because this “pineapple town” was one of the two state constituencies in Tanjong Piai, and at the end of 2019, the Pakatan Harapan candidate was given a thrashing in the Tanjong Piai by-election.

Pakatan Harapan was crushed in the Tanjong Piai by-election, with the Barisan Nasional candidate winning with a thumping majority of 15,086 votes. BN secured 25,466 votes, Pakatan Harapan 10,380 votes, while Gerakan and Berjasa candidates and another two independent candidates all forfeited their deposits as they failed to secure one-eighth of the total votes cast. Read the rest of this entry »

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What will the exchange rate between the Malaysian Ringgit and the Singapore Dollar in 50 years’ time in 2070?

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I was coming up from Pekan Nenas and on the way I was thinking about this book-launch when a thought struck me.

Fifty years ago, one Malaysian ringgit was equivalent to one Singapore dollar. Now, it is S$1 to RM3. What will it be like in 2050 or 2070? Will be it 1:4, 1:5 or even 1:6? Why no one is thinking it could be the other way round, to be 1:3, 1:2 or even 1:1?

That in essence is the substance of the Malaysian Dream – how we can be a united world-class great nation or whether our fate is to just to plunge on to become a failed state!

Do we lack resources, talent, brain-power or whatever and destined to lose out to Singapore? Read the rest of this entry »

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Opponents of DAP are clapping their hands in glee for they see DAP joining the chaos, division and disunity which had afflicted all major political parties in the last three years

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Opponents of DAP are clapping their hands in glee for they see DAP joining the chaos, division and disunity which had afflicted all major political parties in the last three years.

Until recently, the DAP has not only proved that it is the only major political party whose 42 Members of Parliament have remained intact, solid and united, spurning the “frog” culture, but the party as a whole had been purposive, disciplined and forward-looking, working for the best interests of the people and nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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If I want to betray my principles for justice, freedom, integrity and Malaysian Dream, I should have done it fifty years ago in the 1970s when I could become a Cabinet Minister in my late twenties or early thirties and not wait until I am eighty years old!

I am in the rare situation for a Malaysian – accused by extremist and irresponsible Malay politicians as anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Royalty on the one hand and by extremist and irresponsible Chinese politicians on the other as having betrayed the Malaysian Chinese rights, position and future on the other.

At present, I am probably more attacked on the Chinese social and mass media in Malaysia of having sold out the rights, position and future of the Malaysian Chinese than in the Malay social and mass media for being anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Royalty. Read the rest of this entry »

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The issue is not Mahathir but how to unite our diverse peoples as Malaysians to fulfil the Malaysian Dream as a world-class great nation

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad yesterday explained his “DAP sometimes extreme” remark which became fodder for those who are out to tar the DAP leadership and me has having sold out Chinese rights and interests.

For the past 55 years, I have been demonised as anti-Malay, anti-Islam, anti-Royalty, a communist, cause of May 13, 1969 riots in Kuala Lumpur, a non-Malaysian who came from China when I was 17 years old, when all these were lies and falsehoods as all DAP leaders are fully committed to uphold the cardinal features of the Malaysian Constitution and the Rukunegara nation-building principles, viz; Read the rest of this entry »

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