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Anwar’s two reassuring speeches yesterday that he will focus on the Malaysia returning to the basics where the people know what is right and wrong, how to unite Malaysians in a plural society, and what should be the Malaysian Dream of all Malaysians

I attended two Chinese New Year (CNY) events in Penang yesterday — one the CNY Open House of the Penang Chief Minister, Chow Kon Yeow at SPICE, and the other Kenduri Rakyat Bersama Perdana Menteri in Bukit Mertajam — where the Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim was the main speaker.

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A Royal Commission of Inquiry on how Malaysia can, in Tunku Abdul Rahman’s words, be “a beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”

Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman had hoped that Malaysia, with its multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-religious, and multi-cultural characteristics can be “a beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”.

Malaysia is at the confluence of four great civilisations — Malay/Islamic, Chinese, Indian, and Western — and there is no reason if Malaysians can leverage on the values and virtues of the four great human civilisations in the world, why Malaysia cannot be “a beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”.

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Restore the National Compass lost after six decades of nationhood

Happy Chinese New Year to all Malaysians.

The biggest challenge in the Chinese New Year and in all ethnic and religious festivities for this year is to restore the National Compass lost after six decades of nationhood.

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DAP’s challenge is to ensure that Malaysia’s “masyarakat madani” under the Anwar unity government is one that will make Malaysia a first-rate world-class nation guided by democracy, the rule of law, good governance, anti-corruption, and a global economic and education system

I wish Kepong DAP happy and productive Chinese New Year.

We are in challenging times. We must ensure that the Anwar unity government can last five years, but even more important, we must ensure that Malaysia’s “masyarakat madani” under the Anwar unity government is one that will make Malaysia a first-rate world-class nation guided by democracy, the rule of law, good governance, anti-corruption, and a global economic and education system.

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Malaysia’s greatest paradox — national unity in a plural Malaysia

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It is Malaysia’s greatest paradox — national unity in a plural Malaysia.

We have been talking about “national unity” for six decades but we have never been more divided today than in Malaysia’s history.

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Jalan Raja Uda is the only street in Malaysia, and probably the world, to have 10,000 red-silk lanterns to welcome the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit — heralding a Successful World-Class Malaysia in the making

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The ceremony tonight to light the 10,000 red-silk lanterns at Jalan Raja Uda in Butterworth is significant not only because Jalan Raja Uda is the only street in Malaysia, and probably the world, to have 10,000 red-silk lanterns to welcome the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit in two weeks’ time, it marked the end of the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia and a reset of Malaysia to make Malaysians all over the world proud to be Malaysians.

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Malaysia must spend the last third of Malaysia’s Centennial to make the nation great again and not again lose the national compass as entrenched in the Malaysian Constitution and Rukun Negara as happened in the second third of the Centennial

Today is the first day of the new year 2023.

2023 will be tough and challenging year for Malaysia, for we want to compete with the world by becoming a world-class nation and not destroy ourselves by fighting among Malaysians through the use of toxic and divisive politics of lies, fear, hate, race, and religion.

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Hadi should substantiate or retract his allegation that DAP is promoting Islamophobia as the 428-page 14th OIC Report on Islamophobia in the world, covering the 14 months from Dec 2020–Jan 2022 made no mention whatsoever to any Islamophobia in Malaysia

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The PAS President—Hadi Awang—should substantiate or retract his allegation that DAP is promoting Islamophobia as the 428-page 14th Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Report on Islamophobia in the world, covering the 14 months from Dec 2020 to January 2022 made no mention whatsoever to any Islamophobia in Malaysia.

The OIC report on Islamophobia is published by the OIC Islamophobia Observatory, a specialised Unit, or Centre, currently operating under the supervision of the Political Affairs Department at the OIC General Secretariat.

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Precepts that will not only make families great but Malaysia great!

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This is an auspicious occasion with Clint Lim and Eileen Tan tying the nuptial knot and starting a new journey together.

I wish them the best of everything and impart to them three precepts in life.

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Hope that the five constituencies I have represented as MP in my 57 years in Malaysian politics will be strong bases to preach the Malaysian Dream for Malaysia to become a world-class great plural nation in another three or four decades

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In my 57 years in Malaysian politics, I have stood for election in five states in Malacca, Selangor, Penang, Perak and Johore – all in pursuit of the Malaysian Dream for Malaysia to be a great world-class plural nation which could in Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman’s words be “a beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”.

I hope that the five constituencies which I have represented as Member of Parliament in the last six decades – Kota Melaka, Petaling in Selangor, Tanjong in Penang, Ipoh Timur in Perak and Iskandar Puteri in Johore – will be strong bases to preach the Malaysian Dream where there is unity in diversity with everyone regarding himself as “Malaysian First” be they Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Dayaks or Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Taoists, whether from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah or Sarawak. Read the rest of this entry »

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Message to Malaysian voters that when they vote in the 15GE, they are voting for the next eight general elections to support Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister to start the process to ensure that Malaysia becomes a great world-class plural nation by Malaysia’s Centennial in another four decades and not a broken and failed kleptocratic state

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Yesterday, Anwar Ibrahim was named as the Pakatan Harapan candidate to be the 10th Malaysian Prime Minster.

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Malaysia is still “save-able” and worth saving

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The sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, turned Malaysia into a global “kleptocracy”.

UMNO President, Zahid Hamidi, probably holds the world record in turning a general election into a battle to ensure that UMNO and Barisan Nasional leaders are not charged in court for corruption. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia in the 15GE should resolve to be the top OIC country in TI CPI instead of losing to five other OIC countries and likely lose out to another 10 OIC countries by end of the decade

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Sultan Nazrin of Perak’s warning last Thursday to Malaysians not to be in denial and not to perform “mental acrobatics to deny the existence of the corruption ‘elephant’ that is vividly happen in front of our eyes” is most apt and timely.

This is because we are at the point where Malaysians must decide whether to unite to save the country from the catastrophe of corruption and kleptocracy or surrender to corruption and allow the country to be a failed and rogue state and a kleptocratic regime. Read the rest of this entry »

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The best way to remember Dr. Chan Man Hin is to continue his vision of a Malaysian Dream – a world class great plural nation which is honest, effective and incorruptible

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The best way to remember Dr. Chen Man Hin, founder Chairman of Democratic Action Party for 30 years, and who have dedicated over five decades of his life to Malaysia, is to continue his vision of a Malaysian Dream – a world class great plural nation which is honest, effective and incorruptible.

I thank the longest-serving Inspector-General of Police, Tun Haniff Omar, for the declassification of a over-50 year Official Secrets Act document – the statement which I made to the police while in police custody at the Kuala Selangor Police Station lock-up under the Internal Security Act after I rejected advice not to return to Malaysia and flew back to Malaysia on 18th May 1969. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wrong question to ask: “What Malays do you want?” when the question should be: “What Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans and Dayaks do you want?”

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Somebody asked: “What Malays do you want?”

That is a wrong question to ask. The right question is “What Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans and Dayaks do you want?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Can Malaysia avoid the fate of a failed state like Sri Lanka?

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The two books launched today have sombre titles, “Malaysia Towads GE15 and Beyond” and “Dark Forces Changing Malaysia” , but they contained important question marks as the final decision has not been taken and as last page of the book on “Dark Forces” put it: GE 15 will decide the future of the nation – a Malay-Malaysia or a Malaysian-Malaysia.

The jailing of former Prime Minister, Najib Razak and the corruption conviction of his wife, Rosmah Mansor, and the contribution of the recent irrational, extremist and bigoted utterances of Hadi Awang, may bring about a sea-change in Malaysian politics.
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Resolve the dissonance in the two dates – National Day on August 31 and Malaysia Day on September 16

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For a reset to return to the original nation-building principles and policies of Malaysia, one of the first issues is to resolve the dissonance of two dates – National Day on August 31 and Malaysia Day on Sept. 16.

At present, National Day is primarily celebrated officially in Kuala Lumpur while Malaysia Day is officially celebrated in either Sabah or Sarawak.

The official celebration of National Day should not be primarily confined to Kuala Lumpur while the official celebration of Malaysia Day should not only be in Sarawak or Sabah but circulated nationwide.

Both dates should be officially celebrated throughout the country, by rotation.

National Day should be about national issues while Malaysia Day should not be confined to the restoration of Malaysia Agreement 1963 to ensure equitable relationship of the three Malaysian territories – Malay, Sabah and Sarawak.

It should also be how to make Malaysia a world-class great plural nation.

Sarawak will have three dates including Sarawak Independence Day on 22nd July.

Malaysia has embarked on the great task of a reset to return to the original nation-building principles and policies to build a world-class plural great nation with the restoration of the credibility, legitimacy and integrity of institutions – the Judiciary.

It is most touching and heart-warming that the former lord president Salleh Abas was honoured in a special reference by the judiciary, where the Chief Justice, Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat said that the constitutional crisis of 1988 had shown that despite attempts to undermine the independence of the judiciary, judges must be faithful to the Federal Constitution and be resolute in upholding the rule of law.

Describing the 1988 constitutional crisis which saw the removal of Salleh from his post as Lord President as the “darkest chapter in the history of the Malaysian judiciary”, Tengku Maimum stressed that an independent judiciary that is free from external influences is the “life-blood of constitutionalism in a democratic society”.

She said: “This is the foundation of judicial power and the central component of the doctrine of separation of power”.

For three decades since the 1988 constitutional crisis, the principles of the separation of power, the rule of law and the independence of judiciary, came under a cloud – but the political miracle of the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018 had brought out the sun.

This is the first step for Malaysia to fulfil her potential to become a world-class great plural nation – by returning to the original nation-building principles and policies of the nation.

(Malaysia Day Message by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, September 16, 2022)


Selesaikan perbezaan sambutan dua tarikh – Hari Kebangsaan pada 31 Ogos dan Hari Malaysia pada 16 September

Untuk menetapkan semula hala tuju negara kepada dasar dan prinsip asal Malaysia, salah satu isu yang perlu diselesaikan adalah perbezaan sambutan dua tarikh – Hari Kebangsaan pada 31 Ogos dan Hari Malaysia pada 16 September.

Buat masa ini, Hari Kebangsaan kebiasaannya disambut secara rasmi di Kuala Lumpur manakala Hari Malaysia disambut secara rasmi sama ada di Sabah atau Sarawak.

Sambutan rasmi Hari Kebangsaan ini tidak sepatutnya hanya disambut di Kuala Lumpur sahaja manakala sambutan rasmi Hari Malaysia juga tidak patut hanya disambut di Sarawak atau Sabah, sebaliknya disambut secara bergiliran di seluruh negara.

Kedua-dua tarikh ini patut diadakan sambutan secara rasmi di seluruh negara, mengikut giliran.

Sarawak pula akan mempunyai tiga tarikh untuk diraikan, termasuklah Hari Kemerdekaan Sarawak pada 22 Julai.

Perkara ini juga patut menjadi salah satu langkah untuk menjadikan Malaysia sebuah negara majmuk hebat yang bertaraf dunia.

Malaysia telah memulakan perjalanan panjang untuk kembali semula kepada prinsip dan dasar pembinaan negara bangsa untuk membina sebuah negara majmuk hebat bertaraf dunia dengan mengembalikan semula kredibiliti, keabsahan, dan integriti institusi kehakiman.

Amat menyentuh perasaan melihat bekas Ketua Hakim Salleh Abas diberikan penghormatan dalam majlis rujukan khas oleh pihak kehakiman, di mana Ketua Hakim Negara, Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat mengatakan yang krisis perlembagaan pada tahun 1988 telah menunjukkan walaupun ada usaha untuk merendahkan kebebasan pihak kehakiman, para hakim perlu terus berpegang kepada Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan cekal menegakkan kedaulatan undang-undnag.

Menggambarkan krisis perlembagaan 1988 yang menyaksikan penyingkiran Salleh dari jawatannya sebagai Ketua Hakim sebagai satu “”detik gelap dalam sejarah kehakiman Malaysia”, Tengku Maimun menekankan bahawa badan kehakiman yang bebas dari pengaruh luar adalah “asas sistem pegangan perlembagaan dalam masyarakat berdemokratik”.

Beliau mengatakan: “Perkara ini adalah asas kuasa kehakiman dan merupakan teras utama doktrin pemisahan kuasa”.

Untuk tiga dekad sejak dari krisis perlembagaan 1988, prinsip pemisahan kuasa, kedaulatan undang-undang, dan kebebasan badan kehakiman diragui – namun, keajaiban politik Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 pada 9 Mei 2018 akhirnya membawa perubahan.

Perkara ini adalah langkah pertama untuk Malaysia memenuhi potensinya untuk menjadi sebuah negara majmuk hebat bertaraf dunia – dengan kembali semula kepada prinsip-prinsip dan dasar-dasar asal pembinaan negara.

(Perutusan Hari Malaysia Ahli Parlimen DAP Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang di Kuala Lumpur pada hari Jumaat, 16 September 2022)

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Is the jailing of former Prime Minister Najib Razak the tipping point for the Malays, who form the dominant majority in Malaysia, to realise that we must all become Malaysians First and not Malay first, Chinese first, Indian First, Kadazan first or Iban first if Malaysia is to succeed as a world-class great nation?

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Since the jailing of Najib Razak for the monstrous mega 1MDB financial scandal with the dismissal of his appeal by the Federal Court on 23rd August 2022, I have been wrestling with the question:

Whether the jailing of former Prime Minister Najib Razak is the tipping point for Malays in the country, who form the dominant majority in Malaysia, to realise that we must all become Malaysian First, and not Malay first, Chinese first, Indian first, Kadazan first or Iban first if Malaysia is to succeed as a world-class great nation? Read the rest of this entry »

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National Day in 2022 is diametrically different from National Day in the last two years of 2020 and 2021 – as there is now hope and anticipation instead of black despair and hopelessness

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The National Day today in 2022 is diametrically different from the National Day in the last two years of 2020 and 2021 – as there is now hope and anticipation instead of black despair and a sense of hopelessness.

In 2020 was the first National Day after the greatest political betrayal in the nation’s history when the Sheraton Move political conspiracy toppled the Pakatan Harapan government and shortened its rule from a mandate for five years to 22 months.
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With Najib’s jailing, there is light at the end of the tunnel that Malaysia will not end up as a failed state like Sri Lanka

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Today’s launch in Penang of Tony Pua’s Langkah Sheraton NFT project takes place at a critical time in the nation’s history – after 30 months of blackest despair, despondency, dejection and even hopelessness after the Sheraton Move political conspiracy which toppled the 22-month Pakatan Harapan government in February 2020, there is now light at the end of the tunnel that Malaysia will not end up as a failed state like Sri Lanka with the jailing of former Prime Minister, Najib Razak.

There is hope that Malaysia can reset and correct the wrong turn we have taken in nation-building in the last half a century, deviating from 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.
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