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Let us move away from daily fixation and obsession with the transition of power

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has advised Pakatan Harapan leaders not to discuss the transition of power issue openly and to honour the consensus on the matter reached in January 2018.

Let us move away from the daily fixation and obsession with the transition of power and focus all our efforts on how to deliver our promises in the 2018 general election as 2020 is going to be a make-or-break year for Pakatan Harapan.

Undoubtedly, one of the most important Pakatan Harapan promises is the successful and amicable transition of power from the seventh Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to the eighth Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The details of the transition of power should be left to the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council although there no need to for a special meeting on the matter.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri in Gelang Patah on Wednesday, 22nd January 2020)

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Advice to lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla to read the Buku Harapan before he opens his mouth about what Pakatan Harapan had promised in the 14th General Election

I would advise lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulah to read Buku Harapan before he opens his mouth about what Pakatan Harapan had promised in the 14th General Election.

Promise 27 (page 61) on “Abolish oppressive laws” of Buku Harapan pledges that “The Pakatan Harapan Government will also abolish draconian provisions” in Security Offences (special measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

Haniff cannot be more wrong when he alleged that some DAP leaders, by the virtue of being part of the ruling government, was meddling in police affairs.

DAP leaders are adhering to Buku Harapan in pressing for the abolition of the draconian provisions in SOSMA, which includes the denial of bail when a person is charged under SOSMA and during the whole period the case is subject to appeal to the higher courts upon an application by the Public Prosecutor – which could take years.
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Buku Harapan must be the compass to reset nation-building policies to return to the founding principles of Malaysian Constitution to ensure unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity in Malaysia

We want the Pakatan Harapan government to succeed to reset nation-building policies for Malaysia to return to the founding principles of the Malaysian Constitution to ensure unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity in Malaysia, where there is separation of powers, the rule of law, public integrity and respect for human rights..

For six decades, we have strayed from the fundamental principles of the Malaysian Constitution. The re-setting of nation-building principles to restore the original Constitution principles is an arduous process and will probably take a generation, but substantial efforts must be made in the five years before the next general election in 2023.

Buku Harapan must be the compass to reset nation-building policies to return to the founding principles of Malaysian Constitution to ensure unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity in Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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DAP will not be MCA2 or Pakatan Harapan become BN2, for the simple reason that DAP and Pakatan Harapan are committed to the agenda to reset nation building policies to build a New Malaysia – objectives which the MCA, UMNO, Barisan Nasional and Muafakat Nasional are opposed

On Friday, I attended a youth camp at Janda Baik and the topic I was asked to talk about was: “Is the idea of a Malaysian an empty dream?”

This was particularly pertinent, as only a week earlier, Pakatan Harapan was given a drubbing in the Tanjong Piai parliamentary by-election, where Pakatan Harapan not only lost the seat which it had clinched with a slim majority of 524 votes 18 months earlier in the 14th General Election, but lost it with a landslide majority of 15,086 votes.

If the Tanjong Piai by-election is a harbinger of the 15th General Election in 2023, then the Pakatan Harapan government would be a one-term government and would be voted out of Putrajaya in the next general election.

But do Malaysians want a return of the UMNO-BN government, which would come back under the guise of Muafakat Nasional with PAS, and the quandary of the country which resulted in the Pakatan Harapan loss in the Tanjong Piai by-election becoming the order of the day – the politics of race and religion taking to their extremity with both the Malays and non-Malays in fear that their rights, position and future are under unprecedented threat by other communities making the topic of the youth camp, “Is the idea of a Malaysian an empty dream?” a most prescient and relevant one!

The past week has revealed more about the mendacity and immorality of the previous kleptocratic regime, how the 1MDB audit report prepared for the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee was tampered by the former Prime Minister with the deletion of important information about the 1MDB scandal, like the presence of Jho Low at a meeting of the 1MDB Board of Directors and the financial status of 1MDB or the revelation in the trial of the former Deputy Prime Minister for bribery, criminal breach of trust and money-laundering that not one cent of the RM31 million in a foundation to help the poor was used to help the poor.

Is this global kleptocracy the type of governance Malaysians want to revert to or would Malaysia become ungovernable and the country’s fate is to be a failed, rogue and kleptocratic state? Read the rest of this entry »

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Parliament must play its role to achieve the Pakatan Harapan promise to reset nation-building policies in keeping with the Merdeka Proclamation that Malaysia “shall be forever a sovereign democratic and independent state founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people”

Parliament must play its role to achieve the Pakatan Harapan promise to reset nation-building policies in keeping with the Merdeka Proclamation that Malaysia “shall be forever a sovereign democratic and independent state founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people”.

Let me read excerpts from Buku Harapan:

“We promise hope for all citizens, regardless of race and religion. We will stop the rot in key national institutions and we will return the rule of law by ensuring the independence and integrity of important government agencies.

“We will cleanse Malaysia from corruption, malfeasance and kleptocracy, and at the same time drive a sustainable economic growth so that the benefits can be shared by all, not just by a few people in power.

“We offer leaders who are clean and committed to cleaning up this country from the rot, and leaders who are committed to helping people of all backgrounds.”

The Buku Harapan highlights the five pillar-promises, viz:

– Reduce the people’s burden;
– Institutional and political reforms;
– Spur sustainable and equitable economic growth;
– Return Sabah and Sarawak to the status accorded in Malaysia Agreement 1963; and
– Create a Malaysia that is inclusive, moderate and respected globally.

In the agenda on institutional and political reforms, the Buku Harapan stressed that “the check and balance mechanism created by our forefathers no longer function effectively” and pledged to restore confidence in the country’s institutions and redeem the dignity of the administration in a series of institutional and political reforms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Another reason “M for Malaysia” a must-see film for every Malaysian – to reaffirm that the historic decision of 9.5.2018 must succeed although it would take a longer time-span to accomplish instead of being an ignominious failure

There is another reason why the film “M for Malaysia” should be a must-see film for every Malaysian – an occasion for Malaysians to reaffirm that the historic decision of 9.5.2018 must succeed although it would take a longer time-span to accomplish instead of being an ignominious failure.

The film “M for Malaysia” documents the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018, when Malaysians shocked the world and themselves with a miraculous transition of power, peaceful and democratic, overthrowing one of the longest ruling governments in the world to reset nation-building policies to build a New Malaysia to become a country which is a top world-class nation of unity, freedom, justice, excellence and integrity.

Malaysians were so focussed on accomplishing the seemingly impossible job of overcoming insuperable odds to change the government through the ballot box that they overlooked the fact that May 9, 2018 was not a bloody revolution where the heads of those who dissented can be chopped but a peaceful democratic transition where we must win over those who had earlier disagreed with a change of government – while restoring the fundamental rights of freedom of speech and expression which were quelled by repression by the previous government.

While the film celebrates the miraculous victory of Malaysians on May 9, 2018 , it is a salutary reminder that only a battle had been won but not a war.

Just as the May 9, 2018 victory was the result of decades of “blood, sweat and tears” of courageous, passionate and patriotic Malaysians, the mission to build a New Malaysia to reset nation-building policies to undo the injustices, abuses of power and corruption of the past six decades cannot be undone in one or two years, but will take more than one general election cycle to accomplish. Read the rest of this entry »

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“M for Malaysia” a must-see film for every Malaysian as it’s a powerful antidote to the recent barrage of fake news and hate speech to create racial and religious conflagration on the baseless premise that the Malays have lost political power as the May 9, 2018 historic change was a Chinese conspiracy to grab power from the Malays

“M for Malaysia” is a must-see film for every Malaysian as it’s a powerful antidote to the recent barrage of fake news and hate speech to create racial and religious conflagration on the baseless premise that the Malays have lost political power as the May 9, 2018 historic change was a Chinese conspiracy to grab power from the Malays.

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was the pedlar-in-chief of fake news and hate speech during the 14th General Election, utterly reckless of their divisive, provocative and polarizing character to tear asunder a fragile plural society comprising of diverse races, religions, languages and cultures!

Who will forget what Najib said on the eve of the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018 when he said that there were no Malays at Pakatan Harapan ceramahs and that the tens of thousands who gathered to hear Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in the various parts in the country were DAP supporters “bussed in” by DAP, when the Special Branch and the various intelligence agencies of the government should know that in its 52-year history, DAP had never bused anyone to any DAP or Pakatan Harapan function!

Malaysians would be reminded from the film “M for Malaysia” that the crowds at the ceramahs for Mahathir and Pakatan Harapan in the 14th General Election campaign were very spontaneous and representative of the Malays, Chinese and Indians in Peninsular Malaysia, exposing the lies and falsehoods – escalated in the recent barrage of fake news and hate speech in the last few months – that the change of government on May 9, 2018 was Chinese grabbing Malay political power. Read the rest of this entry »

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Endorsement of Mahathir’s call to Pakatan Harapan parties to stop infighting or risk Pakatan losing power

Sokongan terhadap seruan Mahathir supaya parti komponen Pakatan Harapan berhenti bergaduh sesama sendiri ataupun berisiko hilang sokongan

Saya menyokong seruan Perdana Menteri dan Pengerusi, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang menggesa parti komponen Pakatan Harapan untuk berhenti bergaduh sesama sendiri jika tidak mahu kehilangan sokongan dalam Pilihanraya Umum ke-15 kelak.

Kejayaan bersama empat parti politik Pakatan Harapan dalam menumpaskan kerajaan Barisan Nasional dan kekal teguh bersama sebagai satu pakatan sepanjang 14 bulan yang lepas adalah suatu keajaiban.

Kita cuma perlu lihat kembali ke tahun 2016, di mana Barisan Nasional telah berjaya memenangi Pilihanraya Negeri Sarawak pada bulan Mei dan kemudiannya menang besar dalam Pilihanraya Kecil Sungai Besar dan Kuala Kangsar pada bulan Jun — di mana masa hadapan politik negara kelihatan kelam dan peluang untuk menolak Dato’ Seri Najib Razak dan rejim Barisan Nasional daripada menjunamkan negara ke arah sebuah negara kleptokratik yang gagal kelihatan mustahil.

Namun begitu, Pakatan Harapan berjaya — memberikan satu amanah dan tanggungjawab yang lebih besar untuk semua pemimpin PH untuk menjayakan sebuah Malaysia yang baharu yang telah dijanjikan, dengan menggubal semula polisi negara bagi membentuk satu Malaysia yang bersatu-padu, cemerlang, berkebebasan, adil, dan berintegriti, sebuah negara yang terulung yang disegani di mata dunia.

Pendokong ideologi klepto-teokrasi yang mendoakan kegagalan Pakatan Harapan dan Malaysia Baharu mahu melihat perpecahan di dalam PH — apabila perkara ini tidak berlaku, mereka mendoakan kerajaan ini hanya kekal selama setengah penggal pula.

Walaupun kini sudah mentadbir kerajaan persekutuan selama 14 bulan, Pakatan Harapan masih dalam proses membiasakan diri dalam pentadbiran. Read the rest of this entry »

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Should Najib, Hamidah or both go to Tanjong Rambutan?

I fully agree with the Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad that those who believe that I was the mastermind in the formation of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia should go to Tanjong Rambutan.

The question is whether it is Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the former Prime Minister or Hamidah Othman, former Bersatu leader who should go or both should go to Tanjong Rambutan!

Hamidah Othman, former Bersatu vice president, said she was the person who told Najib that I had pitched the idea of setting up Bersatu to Mahathir at Perdana Leadership Foundation on March 4, 2016, “after it became apparent that the People’s Declaration movement to depose Najib” had failed to gain traction

Hamidah is a very poor liar and has no respect for the sanctity of dates and events.

March 4, 2016 was the first time that I appeared in a public gathering with Mahathir to sign and launch the People’s Declaration to Save Malaysia from global kleptocracy and nobody in the right senses would talk about the People’s Declaration not having any traction on the very first day of its signing and launch.

Furthermore, I am not aware of any meeting at Perdana Leadership Foundation on March 4, 2016, which is a complete concoction of Hamidah. The People’s Declaration was launched at the University of Malaya Alumni Club House on March 4, 2016 and I am not aware of any mythical meeting of that date at the Perdana Leadership Foundation which I allegedly attended. Read the rest of this entry »

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I am prepared to give Najib the benefit of the doubt that he is a not full-blown mental case – but this would mean he is an unscrupulous, unprincipled, Machiavellian and incorrigible liar without any of the noble values which great religions seek to imbibe in their followers!

I am prepared to give Datuk Seri Najib Razak the benefit of the doubt that he is not a full-blown mental case – but this would mean that he is an unscrupulous, unprincipled, Machiavellian and incorrigible liar without any of the noble values which the great religions seek to imbibe in their followers!

I shudder at the thought that our beloved nation has such a person as Prime Minister for nine years!

Najib said yesterday he will only reveal the identity of the person, who he claimed had revealed my plan on creating Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, “if necessary”.

I will not bet Najib will be able do so, though if such a person exists, it will at least salvage his credibility by one iota that he had not manufactured such a lie from whole cloth, and he could claim that he was only guilty of the shocking gullibility to fall for such a tall claim.

But such a fraudster who could convince a Prime Minister with such a tall tale is a person all Malaysians should know. Over to Najib, who is this person if there is one? Read the rest of this entry »

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‘We saved the future on May 9’

New Straits Times
By Adrian Lai, Arfa Yunus – July 14, 2019

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang has had an enduring presence in Malaysia’s political scene, beginning in the mid-1960s as a vocal member of the opposition. The idealistic politician has fought for various causes. More than half a century later, at 78, the Iskandar Puteri parliamentarian is still a big part of the nation’s political landscape. Lim, in an interview with New Straits Times , recaps the year that has been since Pakatan Harapan swept into power

Question: After being in power for slightly more than a year, do you feel there’s still more work to be done?

Answer: We are in a new scenario where 14 months after something very few of us expected to happen, we have brought about a peaceful and democratic transition of power, which I think very few had expected.

If you had asked me on the morning of May 9 (2018) whether there would be a change of government in the evening, I don’t think so, although I’ve spent the whole (election) campaign going up and down the country to bring about change.

And I think (Datuk Seri) Najib (Razak) also did not expect it. I think he felt he would not only win, but win with a two-thirds majority. Miraculously, we succeeded. It’s a miracle that the four parties were able to work together for 14 months.

There were those who had expected that we would disintegrate and implode within a few months. And now they are saying we will only last for half a term.

But I would like to see this government continue and win the next general election. And we must be committed to this objective.

What is important is that we succeeded in saving future generations on May 9. But the present generation must pay the price, at least for the next few years due to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB)scandal and rampant corruption.

And a country that we can look to as an example is Venezuela.

Venezuela was one of the richest in the world about 40 years ago. It was the richest country in Latin America. It was a country that people in South America wanted to go to.

Forty years ago, they provided free education and medical services, but today, it’s poor, backward and bankrupt. According to the United Nations, up to one-tenth of its population have escaped from the country, even at the cost of their lives.

So we have to save the future generation from the fate of Venezuela.

Q: There seems to be a problem with communication in Pakatan Harapan (PH) because despite the allegations of corruption against Najib, he appears to be enjoying some popularity and support through the Malu apa bossku campaign, so much so that he was appointed as chief of Barisan Nasional’s advisory council.

A: On the one hand, I’m horrified. On another, I’m quite happy. How can a kleptocrat be the adviser of BN?

I don’t believe thinking Malaysians can resonate with that. I know there is a big crowd who support the Malu apa bossku campaign, but I believe that instead of competing with Umno and Pas’ three Rs — race, religion and royalty — we have to be courageous to explain the issues concerned.

For instance, there is a belief that the Malays are under threat. How can they be under threat?

If after 60 years of Umno rule and the Malays are still under threat, something is very wrong.

Who is threatening the Malays? DAP? Impossible.

That is their agenda. What (Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad) Zahid (Hamidi) and (Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul) Hadi (Awang) are trying to do is convey the message that Malays and Islam are under threat, and the devil is DAP.

Take for instance, (the Dewan Rakyat’s approval of a special motion for all members of parliament (MP), senators and immediate family members) to declare their assets.

And they claim it is something dreamt up by DAP, which is an agenda of the socialists and communists.

Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung and Fidel Castro would turn in their graves if they knew about Hadi associating socialist leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Nelson Mandela, Harold Wilson, Tony Benn and Bob Hawke with communism.

I think Hadi is ignorant of the truth. He demonises DAP and that’s the problem.

They are telling lies. I’ve been accused of being the mastermind of the whole government and that (Tun Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad) is my stooge.

On the other hand, in other sectors, I am Dr Mahathir’s stooge. So, is Dr Mahathir my stooge or am I his stooge? We are neither.

We have our own views and we respect each other’s views and, of course, the question is how can I work with Dr Mahathir.

I’ve never said he’s corrupt. You can go through all my statements. It’s all on record. I’ve never said Dr Mahathir is corrupt.

I would say there were instances of power abuse and all that, but there was one time before the election Dr Mahathir told me: “Sitting with you in public, I’ll lose a lot of Malay votes.”

And I told him: “Yes! I’ll lose a lot of non-Malay votes. Same thing.”

But we had to come together.

Q: What’s the difference between DAP then and now?

A: One basic difference between DAP in the past, when we were in the opposition, and DAP now is that in the past, we only thought about DAP because we were a single party, and we had to set our objectives and principles.

Now, we have to think about (the) parties in PH. We have to think not only about DAP, but also ensure that the PH government can succeed.

Q: DAP is a multiracial party but detractors disagree. They say the present leadership doesn’t reflect a multiracial party and it seems to contest mostly in Chinese-majority areas. Is there an effort to attract people of other races?

A: When we started in 1966, we recognised we did not want a race-based party. We wanted to have a multiracial party, and that was our objective.

And that was reflected in our party leadership candidature in 1969. We had Malay candidates in parliamentary and state seats.

In fact, in 1969, we had two Malay assemblymen. But we had to face certain realities.

For instance, at the time, on the western seaboard, these were mostly non-Malay areas.

What is important is whether your vision and objective is a multiracial one. You cannot become a multiracial party overnight in terms of (gaining) a 70 per cent (Malay) membership and leadership, and reflect the country’s (racial composition).

It’s not possible. But the important thing is whether we are mindful that we must continue to not be a race-based party, but a multiracial party.

Over time, we broadened ourselves to be more multiracial. Of course, we are going to expand. As I said, there are certain limitations. Can you stand in a rural area in Kedah and Kelantan?
We’d like to, but I don’t think the other parties would agree. These are the problems that we face.

Q: Do you think race-based parties in Malaysia are here to stay or do you think multiracial parties are the way forward?

A: I think we should move towards a more multiracial objective: from race-based to multiracial parties. Actually, we are not asking Malaysians to forget their ethnic association, which is impossible. But to expect everyone to think as a Malaysian, not as a Chinese, an Indian, Malay or Kadazan overnight, I don’t think that’s possible.

Q: Should race-based parties like Umno and Bersatu open their doors to other races, or should they be dissolved completely in the future?

A: I think it’s a process. It’s not for me to tell other parties what to do. But we will move towards a more multiracial objective, a more Malaysian approach, because like it or not, we want Malaysia to succeed as a nation.

Q: Some say the recipe to achieve unity is to set up single-stream schools. What do you think about that?

A: You have countries where they speak one language and they still fight. It is the concept. Are these (vernacular and national) schools responsible for (racial) division? I don’t think so.

Are those from Chinese schools communists? Are they anti-Malaysia? They’re not.

In September last year, I was having a chat with Dr Mahathir. He just came back from his first trip to Beijing, China, and many Malaysian Chinese were present.

They were there for 10 to 15 years. And I told him: “These are Malaysian Chinese. They are not China Chinese. Their heart and soul is still Malaysian”.

They regard themselves as Malaysians, not Chinese.

Q: I put it to you that one day we will have a non-Malay prime minister. Do you see that as a reality in the future or do you aspire to see that happen?

A: It will come about when Malaysians don’t think themselves as Malays, Chinese, Indians. But I don’t see it happening in my lifetime. And my lifetime won’t be very long anyway. But anyway, to be realistic, I don’t see it like (Barack) Obama becoming the US president. That is the ideal (situation). After all, the Federal Constitution says anybody can become prime minister.

But to expect this to be realised overnight, I don’t think that is realistic.

Q: About your relationship with Dr Mahathir, people keep harping on how you two were enemies back then. For example, last time you asked Dr Mahathir to present a White Paper on the alleged corruption involving Maika Holdings. This is one of the examples. And many have asked whether you will push for this again. So, will you ask the cabinet for a White Paper or RCI for the old cases?

A: I think let’s deal with the building of a new Malaysia. I will not retract a single word of what I’ve said before. In the present situation, you have to build a new Malaysia where there’s freedom, democracy, justice and unity among Malaysians.

Q: On the Maika Holdings scandal, a lot of people and families lost a lot of money. When will they get justice?

A: Is your family involved in Maika? (Reporter said no). I am in no position to answer. I first raised the Maika scandal in the early 1990s and since then there’s been various developments (such as) MIC tried to save it and all that. So I’m unable to give you any updates. You ask when will they get justice? I can’t answer that question.

Q: But will you continue fighting for them?

A: I fought for them. I raised the first issue. Any injustices or any wrongdoings will definitely be brought up. How are you going to deal with Maika scandal now, 30 years after? I think it’s a separate issue. I can’t answer you, to be frank.

Q: Do you think Dr Mahathir needs more time as prime minister before he hands over the reins to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim?

A: I think PH has decided upon the timetable, I’m sure it is on track. I think it’s agreed upon and Mahathir himself said that he will keep his promise, so there’s no reason to think otherwise.

Q: When there was a talk about Anwar not taking over, you offered some comments, right?

A: I did say something that, that is our collective promise and there’s no reason to think otherwise and I don’t think we should add salt on it. I think adding salt is the job of journalists and leader writers and not politicians.

Q: What is your narrative to counter people’s criticisms of your relationship with Dr Mahathir, to show people that you’re still your own man?

A: Why should I counter that and why should I be obsessed with it? Before the election, I was accused of taking RM1 billion from Mahathir so that we can accept him. One of these days, I’m going to ask him: “Where’s my money?” (laughs).

I think there are a lot of lies and falsehoods flying around. And one way is to respond to these falsehoods. Another way is to ignore them. There are more important things in life. That is the problem with Malaysian politics today. One problem we faced after the election is that the more lies and falsehoods have increased manifold on social media.

And whether you are honest, straightforward or responsible, the people can judge you over a period of time.

Q: I’m quite curious. You recently met Dr Mahathir. What did you discuss?

A: Surely, you don’t expect me to tell you. But many papers write about my meeting with him. So be it. I read one piece by (Datuk Dr) Puad Zarkashi. That’s fantastic (smiles).

Q: Umno and BN have been in power for 60-odd years, but if you look at other democracies, there are continuous changes in government. Do you want to see PH in power for a long period or is it healthier for the government to switch hands from time to time?

A: I would like to see the growth of a healthy democratic culture. That’s why we are lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. And there are people who say this is committing political suicide because young people are anti-establishment. And maybe that’s the reason why in the last 60 years, the Constitution was not amended.

What is good for the country may not be good for PH unless PH can rise up to the challenge and is able to make young people aware of the idealism and take ownership of the new Malaysia.
It’d be good if you have a multi-party coalition alternation of power. But first of all, PH should have enough time to implement its mission and ideals of a new Malaysia, which will take maybe two or three election cycles.

After that, it’s good to change. There’s always the tendency for people to overreach. All over the world, history has shown us good men and women begin to make mistakes when they overreach after they are in power.

Q: The lowering of the voting age and also to pursue this automatic voter registration (AVR) will see more Malays who were not previously registered get into the electoral roll. This will properly reflect the demography in the country.

A: I proposed declaration of assets and compulsory voting back in the 1970s in the Parliament as it will be more reflective of the actual population. But it is a challenge. You have to reach out and explain, be more conscious of their needs. They are more idealistic and I think we must not lose our idealism.

Q: Do you think them being automatically registered will compel young people to vote? Or will there be some work to be done on the party’s part to encourage people to come out?

A: No, firstly there’s a problem present, (which is) the bureaucratic problem on the registration of voters. In the past, there was an attempt to not only gerrymander but (also) to ensure that in areas where BN have no confidence (of winning), there will be a reduced registration of voters. But we want to liberate ourselves from all these considerations and everyone has the right to be registered and we want to have AVR. It should result in more young voters going to vote but all parties would have to have campaigns to explain to the young people that they deserve their support.

Q: Do you not think that, a stronger Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia with having more MPs joining the party will ease the insecurities of Malay voters?

A: I think insecurities of any segment of the population do not necessarily associate with the number of MPs of any political parties.

Q: What do you think of the ministers and deputy ministers from DAP? How would you gauge their performance thus far?

A: I prefer not to gauge their performance. Because by gauging their performance, I will also be reflecting the performance of other ministers and deputy ministers. I think our ministers and deputy ministers are dedicated, hardworking and resourceful.

Q: What do you think of the political climate now compared to when you first started? Do you think the country is moving towards the right direction?

A: We are in a transition, moving on from 60 years of the past to a new future and whether we can create that new future. I think this is a very challenging (work) to be done. Standing in the way will be the politics of lies (as well as) race and religion hatred because all of these (behaviour) disregard what is true, what is correct and what is known.

Stop telling lies like the DAP is anti-Malay, DAP is a demon and that the government is controlled by the DAP because it’s not. DAP is part of the four-party government. We must be able to get all of these clarified. If not, if PH fails and the people want to revert back to the old parties we are going to have a very chaotic era. It will be filled with uncertainties and lack of direction.

Q: On that note, sex scandals and Malaysian politics seem to be intertwined. Eg: Anwar in late 90s and recently the scandal involving Datuk Seri Azmin Ali. What was your and DAP’s initial reaction to this? Would you describe it as false or better to just leave it to authorities to investigate?

A: There are a lot of issues that would distract the leaders and people from the business at hand (such as on) building a new Malaysia, bringing about institutional reform, improving the economy and ensuring unity among Malaysians. At present there are a lot of distractions (especially with) the presence of social media. But I think all leaders should continue to be committed to these businesses at hand and not be distracted by extraneous circumstances.

Q: Parti Perikatan back then morphed into a 13-party coalition. Do you see PH heading towards that direction? Is it something that is on the table?

A: At present we have four parties and we have (cooperation with) Warisan. It’s difficult to say, but I don’t think we will end up as 13-party coalition. Whether it (PH) will expand to include others (like) Warisan, I think it’s something to be (looked into) when the time comes. It is something to be dealt with but it’s difficult to forecast now.

Q: How does DAP fund its party? Because there have been discussions on how Bersatu should go about this.

A: DAP has always been short of funds. The difference is, we don’t spend the way BN parties do. Whatever funds we have, it always comes from the people’s contribution. We have the ‘Milo tin’ going around. We don’t require what Umno divisions get where they receive allocations about RM30,000 to RM50,000 for each division, which is to us is a great luxury, a fantastic amount. We don’t have money and we operate on minimal expenditure as the money is all from the people. We don’t require or spend hundreds of millions and even when you do this, you can’t be sure whether you will get the support or not.

Q: How about MPs and State Assemblymen (Adun) of DAP? Do they contribute?

A: Every MP and Aduns (in DAP) have to allocate a percentage of their allowances to contribute to the party and this is how we get (funds). In other parties, when they nominate candidates, they give them money for the deposits and expenditures, but in our case, you find your own deposit and your own funds because we don’t have money for you. It’s not in our culture to simply give money away. It’s a different culture altogether.

Q: Are you not conscious of the danger of some people in DAP being tempted by corruption?

A: Yes you are correct. We are conscious. There’s an overreach in many ways to succumb to various temptations. I think these are the things that we must be aware of. You have to ask why you are in politics. Is it to serve yourself or to serve a larger cause of the people? But some way along the line, it gets blurred and you cross the line. Human beings are human beings.

Q: We don’t see too much competition during the DAP party election compared to Umno and Bersatu’s polls where we see long episodes of brawls and chair throwing which shows democracy.

A: So democracy is equated to chair throwing? If there’s no democracy, Tony (Pua) won’t be thrown out (from Selangor DAP committee). So it is democratic just minus the process of chair throwing.

Q: It seems that DAP is always too disciplined and too cohesive when an issue arises and that it keeps to a certain script.

A: This is over reading. You shouldn’t overreach and over read.

Q: YB, how do you feel as a father to see your son becoming the finance minister?

A: He has to prove and perform and all the more, he should establish himself as a credible and good finance minister. As for the judgement, I’ll leave it to other people.

Q: Are you considering retiring or taking a break since you refuse to take up any position in the government?

A: Well, that has always been on my mind. But when it’s going to take place, (I can’t say).

Q: So, you can’t give a timeframe on when you will retire?

A: I will tell you tomorrow if I have made plans. This is a difficult thing but of course eventually I would have to retire. But when? I can’t make a decision now. But like it or not, there will come a time when you will have to retire. You don’t want to be like (General Douglas) MacArthur. He died as the general.

Q: Your wife never asked you to retire? She never merajuk (sulk)?

A: You’d have to ask my wife la.

Q: On a lighter note, do you still play Pokemon Go?

A: (Unlocked his phone and showed his Pokemon Go. One of the writers shouted “What! Level 40!”) Oh, this level 40 (is from) a long time ago (since he last played).

Q: We’re wondering if you still have space for new friends on Pokemon Go?

A: Yes, come, please do (add).

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What has happened to the proposed Jalan V David in Petaling Jaya?

It has been asked as to what had been the difference to DAP between the days when it was in the Opposition and the days when it was part of Pakatan Harapan Federal Government.

One simple answer is that DAP had only to think of itself when it was in Opposition, but when it is part of Pakatan Harapan federal government, it must also think of the interests of the other three coalition parties, namely PKR, Bersatu and Amanah.

The political principles and objectives of the DAP cannot change, but we are operating in a different milieu, and we cannot speak out like in the past when we are in Opposition, as we should pursue our principles and objectives internally in the Pakatan Harapan coalition government.

The four political parties have different principles and objectives, but we are bound by the common principles of the Pakatan Harapan manifesto which formed the basis of the Pakatan Harapan coalition government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let Sandakan by-election provide the great thrust and boost in the start of the second year of Pakatan Harapan federal government and Warisan-led Sabah State Government to continue the agenda of change to create a New Malaysia and a new Sabah

This is the time for report cards for the first anniversary of the historic decision of the 14th General Election of May 9, 2018.

The first anniversary in two days’ time is marked by the appointment of a new Chief Justice and a new Inspector-General of Police, both important and positive developments in the building of a New Malaysia to undertake institutional reforms to establish a New Malaysia which upholds the doctrine of separation of powers, the rule of law and to restore institutional independence and professionalism.

There had been ups and downs, breakthroughs, setbacks and even failures from the Pakatan Harapan promises of the last general election, but what is most important is whether Pakatan Harapan remains committed to the promises and agenda for change for a new Malaysia and a new Sabah and prepared to learn from our setbacks and failures.

The two important appointments of the Chief Justice and the Inspector-General of Police, as well as the earlier appointment of the first Chief Justice from Sabah, represent a good end for the first-year anniversary of the historic, peaceful and democratic change for Malaysia the first time in six decades in Malaysia and first time in 55 years for Sabah. Read the rest of this entry »

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One reason why I have kept a low publicity profile in the past year – monstrous lies that I am the puppet-master with Mahathir and Cabinet as my puppets and stooges

We live in an unprecedented era of lies and falsehoods – thanks to the advent of the Internet and the social media.

The two latest Whatsapp images I saw represent this genre of lies and falsehoods – one portraying me as a puppet-master pulling the strings of puppets signifying PKR, Bersatu and AMANAH while the other portraying me as lording over and censuring Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohmad, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Mohamad Sabu, pictured in submissive poses, laying down the new Do’s and Don’t’s, viz: “Saya tak mahu Melayu BERSATU! Saya tak mahu KEADILAN kepada Melayu! Tak perlu tunai AMANAH kepada Melayu!”

These are monstrous lies and falsehoods – picturing me as the greatest threat to Malays and Muslims in the Malay and Muslim constituency, while among the non-Malays and non-Muslims, DAP and I are condemned as having sold out the rights and interests of non-Malays and non-Muslims.

This appears to be a “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation.

This is in fact one reason why I have kept a low publicity profile in the past year – the monstrous lies that I am the puppet master with the Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad and the Federal Government Cabinet as just my puppets and stooges. Read the rest of this entry »

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Greatest achievement of Pakatan Harapan Government in its first year in office is to end the infamy of Malaysia as a global kleptocracy and the work-in-progress in transforming Malaysia into a nation of integrity

In a week’s time, it will be the first anniversary of the historic May 9, 2018 decision of the Malaysian electorate in the 14th General Election to bring about a peaceful and democratic change of Federal Government for the first time in six decades.

There are those who want to see the great Malaysian hopes of the May 9, 2018 decision to bring about a New Malaysia of unity, freedom, justice and prosperity to fail like the Arab Spring at the beginning of this decade, which descended into chaos and disorder with countries like Syria, Libya and Yemen even worse-off than before Arab Spring.

Although the majority of Malaysians had not expected the 14th General Election of May 9, 2018 to produce a change of the Federal Government for the first time in six decades, the euphoria of the historic occasion had unleashed new hopes and expectations that the corruption, abuses of power, injustices and depredations of the past six decades could be immediately undone overnight.

Pakatan Harapan must remain true and committed to the principal objectives of the PH general election manifesto to reduce the costs of living, achieve institutional reforms, engineer economic growth, restore power to Sabah and Sarawak and to build an inclusive and moderate Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Three reasons why the voters of Semenyih should vote for the Pakatan Harapan candidate on March 2

There are three reasons why the voters of Semenyih should vote for the Pakatan Harapan candidate, Muhammad Aiman Zainali on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Last night, a former UMNO Minister in a by-election ceramah questioned the appointment of non-Malays and non-Muslims as Finance Minister, Attorney-General, and Chief Justice.

This is extremism at its worst, against the very spirit of the Malaysian Constitution and the principle of Malaysian nation-building.

It is not that Malaysia did not have a non-Malay and a non-Muslim as Finance Minister, Attorney-General and Chief Justice in the past.

The MCA President Tun Tan Siew Sin was Finance Minister until 1974 and Lim Guan Eng is the first non-Malay and non-Muslim to become a Finance Minister in the past 44 years. In the early years of Malaysia, the posts of Attorney-General and Chief Justice was also held by a non-Malay and non-Muslim. Read the rest of this entry »

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Post-14GE Malaysia is facing the most toxic and vicious politicking in the nation’s history

Malaysia in post-14th General Election is facing the most toxic and vicious politicking in the nation’s history.

If Malaysian politics was as toxic and vicious in the past as now, my LLB (Hons) degree would have been raised as an issue – in the way that Pakatan Harapan leaders, whether Minister or Deputy Minister, are now being questioned about their academic qualifications, whether with or without basis.

I must thank my lucky stars that I was not questioned about my LL.B. (Hons) degree and asked to prove my credentials, as it would be quite a bother to do so – as I do not know where is my LL.B. (Hons) certificate.
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I should be mightily offended by the latest social media offensive that I am angling to get into the Cabinet after being earlier bruited of becoming Prime Minister of Pakatan Harapan

I should be mightily offended by the latest social media offensive that I am angling to get into the Cabinet after being earlier bruited of becoming Prime Minister of the Pakatan Harapan government in Putrajaya if Pakatan Harapan should win the 14th General Election.

What a great letdown – from the pinnacle of the post of Prime Minister to a place in the Cabinet.

But I am not offended in the least, but was quite amused and tickled, as both these politically-motivated speculation are just simply untrue.

Just as I had never thought about being Prime Minister – most unthinkable after Pakatan Harapan had announced its agreement that if PH wins the 14th General Election, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad would be the Prime Minister, to be followed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in mid-term – such politically-motivated rumours were still conjured, manufactured and peddled both before and after the 14th General Election, involving the highest personalities – reaching all the way to Sri Perdana previously and now the highest echelons of leadership in the Opposition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reason why Hadi is telling lies about DAP being anti-Malay and anti-Islam was because the DAP had refused to support Hadi as the Prime Minister candidate for the 13th General Election

The reason why the PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang and other PAS leaders are telling lies about the DAP being anti-Malay and anti-Islam was because the DAP had refused to support Hadi as the Prime Minister candidate for Pakatan Rakyat in the 13th General Election in 2013.

Before the 13th General Election, Hadi through the PAS leadership had approached me to broach the subject of a Prime Ministerial-designate, on the ground that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was not a suitable candidate. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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