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There is a movement questioning why Gobind, Kula, Tengku Zulpuri, Ramasamy, Jagdeep, Aziz Bari, Zairil and others are DAP MPs or SAs when their constituencies should be contested by Chinese candidates

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There is surreptitious movement questioning why Gobind, Kula, Tengku Zulpuri, Noorita Sual, Rayer, Ram Karpal, Kasthuri, Sivakumar, Mordi Bimol and Charles Santiago are DAP MPs, Ramasamy the Penang Deputy Chief Minister, Aziz Bari the Perak Opposition Leader and Jagdeep, Zairil, Ganabatirau, Arul Kumar and Veerapen State Exco Members and Rajiv, Edry, Jamaliah, Syerleena, Satees, Sivanesan, Terence Naidu, Young Syefura, Kamache, Gunasekaran, Mary Josephine, Saminathan, Ramakrishnan, Sheikh Umar and Jannie Lasimbang State Assembly persons when these constituencies should be contested by Chinese candidates.

This movement sounds the call of “Chinese unite” to respond to the “Malays unite” political call, advocating that in the 15th General Election, the Chinese voters should vote for good Chinese candidates regardless of political party. 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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Malaysian Dream movement must dare to face daunting tests and obstacles but we must be fortified by the conviction that truth and justice will eventually prevail

I said a few days ago that Pakatan Harapan must learn the lessons from the 22-month Pakatan Harapan Government whose five-year mandate was cut short by the Sheraton Move conspiracy which brought in a backdoor, undemocratic and illegitimate government and one lesson is to be more aware of power of lies, falsehood, fake news and disinformation.

I have denied that DAP has any de-Chinese, de-Malay, de-Indian, de-Kadazan or de-Iban policy, as it is very opposite of what the DAP is trying to do – that Malaysians will have multiple identities, ethnic, religious, linguistic, cultural, regional, but their common overriding identity must be that of a Malaysian. Read the rest of this entry »

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I will contest the DAP CEC election but will not aim for any front-line leadership position and am prepared to be defeated in a party election where I have given over 55 years of my life in pursuit of the Malaysian Dream

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I will contest the DAP Central Executive Committee election in June this year and am prepared to be defeated in a party election where I have given over 55 years of my life in pursuit of the Malaysian Dream.

I am not aiming for any front-line leadership position.

I want to reiterate that DAP does not advocate any de-Chinese, de-Malay, de-Indian, de-Kadazan or de-Iban policy. We stand for the very opposite, as we want Malaysians to accept that Malaysians will have multiple identities – ethnic, religious, linguistic, cultural, regional – but first and foremost that they are all Malaysians. Read the rest of this entry »

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DAP does not advocate any de-Chinese, de-Malay, de-Indian, de-Kadazan or de-Iban policy, but the very opposite, to accept that Malaysians will have multiple identities but first and foremost that they are all Malaysians

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In the DAP’s 55-year history, it had the victim of many lies, falsehoods and baseless allegations.

The DAP had been falsely accused of being anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Royalty when throughout our history, DAP had remained committed to the Malaysian Dream for the country to become a world-class great nation which is only possible if all Malaysians regardless of race, religion or region are united under the Malaysian Constitution and Rukunegara to build a harmonious, just, democratic, progressive and prosperous plural nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let a new wave of the Malaysian Dream campaign begin from Sekinchan to re-inspire and rekindle the hope and vision of the present generations of Malaysians to restore the country to the status of a world-class great nation

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Five years ago, on June 18, 2016, Pakatan Harapan lost badly in two parliamentary by-elections – one in Sungai Besar and the other in Kuala Kangsar.

The Pakatan Harapan candidate in Sungai Besar by-election, Azhar Abdul Shukor of Amanah lost by a majority of 9,191 votes while in Kuala Kangsar, Ahmad Termizi Ramli of Amanah lost by a majority of 6,969 votes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is the failure of 30-year Vision 2020 for an united Bangsa Malaysia, with a developed, democratic, ethical, liberal, scientific and caring society, a failure of extremism or a failure of moderation in Malaysia?

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After the meeting of Malay DAP leaders with Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad yesterday, DAP Pahang Assemblywoman for Ketari Young Syefura Othman tweeted:

“Sempat juga kongsi dengan Tun bahawa DAP ni memang ekstrem sikit dalam isu demokrasi, kebajikan rakyat dan tadbir urus kerajaan.”

There were two other events yesterday which caught my attention: Read the rest of this entry »

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DAP had never been extremist unless the Malaysian Dream where every citizen is Malaysian first before his or her ethnic, religious or other identities is “extremist”

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DAP had never been extremist unless the Malaysian Dream where every citizen is Malaysian first before his or her ethnic, religious or other identities is “extremist”.

The Malaysian Constitution and the Rukun Negara are the basis of the Malaysian plural society, based on constitutional monarchy, federalism, parliamentary democracy, the separation of powers, the rule of law, good governance, public integrity, respect for human right, religious freedom and tolerance.

How far we have veered from these moderate and middle-of-the-road practices is illustrated by the sad fact that we have now Cabinet Ministers who do not subscribe to the nation-building principles spelt out in the Constitution and the Rukun Negara. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mahathir will not be Prime Minister for a third time but Malaysia has reached an unprecedented political situation where there is no one person who can command majority support of Members of Parliament

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Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin is the first Prime Minister in Malaysia who cannot command majority support in Parliament.

This is why Parliament is suspended and emergency declared to allegedly combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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In pursuit of Malaysian Dream – Malaysians must be prepared for a reset of nation-building policies including a review of NEP

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Two days ago, at the launch of the Impian Theatre, I quoted a recent Facebook post by Yusuf Hashim, photographer and gypsetter, when congratulating Lee Zii Jia for winning the All-England Badminton Singles’ Title, and said:

“The moment we forsake meritocracy over a long period, a nation will be doomed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia is losing out on private investment because the effort to pursue the Malaysian Dream has slackened in the past year

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I was very happy yesterday for my hopes that in March itself Malaysia can break the four-digit daily increase of new Covid-19 cases have come true following the report that the latest daily increase of new Covid-19 cases was 941, the first time new daily increase of cases had fallen below the 1,000 mark since Dec. 9 – falling on the third last day of the month.

But we have still not brought the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia – already one of the longest Covid-19 waves in the world – under control, and my hope is that we can reduce the triple-digit daily increase of new Covid-19 cases to double-digit figures next month in April. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let us rise from our disappointments after our high hopes in the 14th General Election to continue the mission to unite Malaysia into a world-class great nation to prove Bapa Malaysia right that Malaysia can be “beacon of light to a difficult and distracted world”

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I am overawed and overwhelmed by this Impian Theatre project which is the product of a two-year labour of love, solidarity and idealism of Datuk K.Y. Chan, Tony Pua, the curators, Kenny Teng and Wendy Chang, and the 80 artists from all races and religions in Malaysia for their 100 artworks, and in particular the commemorative publication by Tony Pua, “A Malaysian Artists’ Visual Biography of Lim Kit Siang” with a most creative “Pied Piper” artwork by Jeganathan Ramachandran.

The 55 years in Malaysian politics since the end of 1965 had been quite a journey in pursuit of the Malaysian Dream.
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Congratulations to Zii Jia as All-England men’s singles champion – an example to all Malaysians to “reach for the sky”

Congratulations to Lee Zii Jia, the new All-England men’s singles champion.

Let the 23-year-old Alor Setar-born shuttler, who joined the likes of Wong Peng Soon, Eddie Choong, Tan Aik Huang, Hafiz Hashim and Lee Chong Wei to win the All England title, be an example to all Malaysians to “reach for the sky” in their respective fields of endeavour.

Malaysians, regardless of race or religion, must dare to dream the Malaysian Dream, where the country becomes a great world-class nation which is only possible where there is unity, justice, freedom and solidarity in our plural society.

(Media comment by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, March 22, 2021)

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Will front-liner Dr. Rafidah Abdullah and the three Pakatan Harapan leaders, Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng and Mohamad Sabu be liable to be prosecuted under the fake news Emergency Ordinance allegedly to combat fake news relating to Covid-19 or the Emergency proclamation?

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Will nephrologist and front-liner Dr. Rafidah Abdullah and the three Pakatan Harapan leaders Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng and Mohamad Sabu be liable to be prosecuted under the fake news Emergency Ordinance allegedly to combat fake news relating to Covid-19 or the Emergency Proclamation?

Dr. Rafidah gained national prominence when she embraced vaccine equity advocated by World Health Organisation (WHO) and twittered the government about the problem of “Dua Darjat 2.0” and called on the health authorities to “MENJAGA kebajikan petugas2 kesihatan-hospital, swasta & komuniti; bukan yang berDARJAT”. Read the rest of this entry »

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To re-unify and re-inspire Malaysians to dedicate themselves to the Malaysian Dream to be a world-class great nation in various fields of human endeavour

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DAP will turn 55 years next week from the date the party was registered by the Registrar of Societies.

We formed DAP because we want Malaysia to be a world-class great nation in various fields of human endeavour and not be a mediocre third-world nation.

This goal must be the challenge of every generation in Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, to unite against the politics of hate, lies, falsehoods and fear which are the greatest enemies of making Malaysia a world-class great nation

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I have just seen a WhatsApp message which has gone to the core of the problem why Malaysians are so polarised and divided, why Malaysia is losing out in the vision to become a world-class great nation and why Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, must unite against the politics of hate, lies, falsehoods and fear which are the greatest enemies of making Malaysia a great world-class nation.

This WhatsApp message said:

“Nga Kor Ming menang saman fitnah.
“Ngeh Koo Ham menang saman fitnah.
“Teresa Kok menang saman fitnah.
“Lim Guan Eng menang saman fitnah.
“Tony Pua menang saman fitnah.
“Liew Chin Tong menang saman fitnah.
“Yeoh Bee Yin menang saman fitnah.
”Semua ini Cina non-Muslim DAP yg difitnah org Melayu.
“Tak malu ka tengok berita Jamal terpaksa mohon maaf secara terbuka kerana fitnah orang DAP. Dimana maruah ahli politik Melayu

“Dan diketahui umum –
“Najib, Rosmah didakwa kes rasuah
“Zahid didakwa kes rasuah
“Ku Nan didakwa kes rasuah
“Isa Samad didakwa kes rasuah
“Musa Aman didakwa kes rasuah
“Semua ini pemimpin politik Melayu Muslim
“Ramai ahli politik Melayu fitnah ahli politik Cina hanya kerana tujuan politik. Akhirnya ramai umat Melayu di kampung-kampung tertipu kerana kekurangan ilmu.

“Berdoalah semoga mentality bangsa Melayu ini berubah. Baik dari pemimpin hingga ke rakyat bawahan…utk berubah ia memerlukan reform mentaliti. Reform bermula dari pendidikan[LKS1] awal, agama dan akhlak dan didikan jati diri, mentaliti utk yg sudah dewasa ini.

“Kita orang Muslim Melayu majority mesti berubah daripada yg kurang integriti kepada amanah kerana sayangkan agama, bangsa Melayu dan negara tercinta ini.”

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We must create a new future for all Malaysians and not be the captives of the past

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I want to thank my family, party comrades and colleagues, friends and relatives for this unprecedented and wonderful virtual birthday celebration.

I am glad to see the founding Chairman Dr. Chen Man Hin and Mrs. Chen with us, Johore pioneer State Assemblyman Lee Kaw, DAP veterans Tan Chui Sui (Mrs. Chiang Heng Kai), Wong Kang Li and wife, Chong Siew Chiang and wife, Ngoi Thiam Woh, my long-time friend K. Siladass, my classmates going back to seven decades ago, Pek Teck Soon, Tan Tik Seng and Allan Goh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Muhyiddin prepared to lead Malaysians throughout the country to declare he is “Malaysian first” to spearhead the 10-year National Unity Blueprint?

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It was an unusual programme – the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin launching the National Unity Policy and the National Unity Blueprint 2021-2030.

When Muhyiddin cautioned Malaysians against politicians who play on racial sentiment to gain political mileage, describing them as challenges faced in multiracial countries, all Malaysian eyes were on him as the classic example. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians should think of how we can fulfil Tunku’s wish for Malaysia to be “a beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”

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One of the few living friends of Bapa Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, and national independence activist, ninety-year-old Tan Sri Mohd Yusof Latiff, the Penang Malay Association President, said on Tunku’s 118th birthday anniversary two days ago that Tunku if still alive would have been depressed to see the present state of political affairs in the country.

He said: “It goes against every grain of his struggle for liberty and the right to self-govern, because racial harmony was the bedrock on why this country was granted independence from the colonists.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The best way to remember Tunku is to realise his dream that whatever our race or religion, we are first and foremost Malaysians

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On the 118th birthday anniversary of Bapa Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, three quotes from him came to mind.

They are:

“We are all Malaysians. This is the bond that unites us. Let us always remember that unity is our fundamental strength as a people and as a nation.”

“We must each always think first of Malaysia, of the national need and least of ourselves …Everyone must try to help and see that the people are one-minded, with loyalty and one aim, to make Malaysia – the land we love – a happy abode for all of us. If we all do this then we can guarantee liberty, security, prosperity and happiness for the future.”

“All talk on Islamic States is just an empty dream. No man in his right sense would accept a nation which bases its political administration on religion, and in a country like Malaysia with its multi-racial and multi-religious people, there is no room for an Islamic State.”

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