Lim Kit Siang wants us to prove that he is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-monarchy. That is actually the easiest thing to do, easier than trying to prove Anwar Ibrahim is bisexual. Kit Siang’s speeches and actions are on public record and there is no running away from history. So let us go through what Kit Siang has said and done for almost 30 years.
Lim Kit Siang has thrown a challenge and I would like to accept that challenge and prove that he has indicated many times in the past through his speeches, actions and silence, both expressed and implied, that he is anti-Islam, anti-Malay and anti-monarchy.
For a long time it had been the official policy of DAP to not accept awards and decorations from the Rulers because that goes against DAP’s stand of being anti-feudal and anti-monarchy. DAP also issued an official statement that if they needed to observe the dress code when having an audience with a Ruler then they would rather not meet the Ruler. DAP does not mind using western attire but not any attire that is associated with the Malays or Islam even if protocol demands it.
In 1990, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah invited DAP and PAS to form an opposition coalition with Semangat 46. DAP said it would agree to join up with Semangat 46 only if PAS was not included in that coalition unless PAS first of all officially announces that it is abandoning the Islamic Sharia laws plus the idea of a theological state and agrees to accept the secular state.
Since PAS did not agree to abandon both the Sharia and the theological state, DAP did not want to have anything to do with PAS. Semangat 46 then had to form two separate coalitions — one with DAP called Gagasan Rakyat and another one with PAS called Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah.
In 1999, PAS announced that it was going to treat the issue of the Sharia and the theological state as secondary and focus on ousting the government first. DAP then agreed to form a coalition with PAS, PKR and PRM called Barisan Alternatif. But DAP did not do well in that election while PAS won the most number of seats. Furthermore, Lim Kit Siang and Karpal Singh lost their seats.
On 21st September 2001, ten days after 911, DAP announced it was leaving Barisan Alternatif and, in 2004, faced the general election solo. The excuse DAP gave was that it opposed the Sharia law amendments in Terengganu whereas that state already had Sharia laws long before Thailand handed Terengganu to the British in 1909. The 2004 general election was the worst in history for the opposition, which proved DAP made a disastrous decision by leaving Barisan Alternatif and going solo.
Realising that as a solo party DAP will go nowhere, it agreed, again, to join PAS and PKR to form Pakatan Rakyat in 2008. But PAS, again, has to agree that the coalition will work on consensus and that PAS will not continue to push for Sharia laws and a theological state.
After the 2013 general election, DAP pushed for the ouster of the Selangor Menteri Besar, Khalid Ibrahim, to be replaced with Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. HRH the Sultan of Selangor, however, would not accept Wan Azizah and His Highness made that known. His Highness also wanted the names of three candidates and not just one, as DAP and PKR stubbornly insisted. So PAS complied with this royal decree or titah.
DAP and PKR then challenged the Sultan and accused His Highness of violating the Constitution. DAP and PKR, however, did not explain whether they are talking about the Federal Constitution or the State Constitution and which Article of the Constitution they are talking about. DAP and PKR demonstrated biadap towards the Sultan and taught the people to hate the Sultan (as they did in Perak a few years earlier in 2009).
Because Wan Azizah failed to become the Selangor Menteri Besar, they wanted to punish PAS for not defying the Sultan. But they could not say they wanted to punish PAS because it refused to tell the Sultan to go screw himself. So DAP used the RUU355 as the excuse.
Basically, RUU355 is an amendment to the Sharia laws that were passed by the Kelantan State Assembly 24 years ago in 1993. This was never a problem in 1999 when DAP joined Barisan Alternatif or in 2008 when DAP joined Pakatan Rakyat. Today it is a problem for DAP because they need this as an excuse to punish PAS for not going against the Sultan of Selangor.
DAP’s action of using RUU355 as the excuse to break up Pakatan Rakyat and form Pakatan Harapan has triggered Islamophobia in Malaysia. Islam is now perceived as a pariah religion that must be stopped by any and all means because Islam is a dangerous religion that violates civil liberties and human rights. Furthermore, if the non-Muslims do not oppose RUU355, then, once passed, it would affect non-Muslims and non-Muslims would suffer beheading and amputation, says DAP.
DAP’s hate campaign has succeeded and now non-Muslims hate Islam and view Islam as dangerous and a religion that must be eradicated. DAP has damaged race relations and a wave of Islamophobia is sweeping Malaysia. Islam, the Muslims, the Malays and the Rulers are the subject of attacks and Malaysians are no longer scared of saying things about Islam, the Muslims, the Malays and the Rulers, which in the past they would never have done.
Kit Siang: Prove I am anti-Malay and anti-Islam
DAP leader notes allegations of him being a communist and the cause of the May 13 riots only came about after BN lost two-thirds majority in the 2008 general election.
(Free Malaysia Today) – Veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang has challenged Umno leaders and cybertroopers to prove he has ever spoken or written anything that is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Malay Rulers in his 51 years in politics.
In his speech at a dialogue in Raub, Pahang today, Lim said he had written and spoken almost daily for the past 51 years and that every word was on public record.
“They (Umno leaders and cybertroopers) are welcome to comb through what I had said or written in the past 51 years, including the rooms of records of my statements, books, tapes and videos in the Special Branch, to produce proof that I am anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Malay Rulers.”
He said however, that the inability of his accusers to produce such evidence was proof of Umno’s politics of hate, falsehood and fake news.
In recent years, Lim said, he has been accused of being a communist during the Malayan insurgency as well as being the cause of the May 13 riots in 1969.
He said he has never operated underground as alleged, nor was he even in Kuala Lumpur when the May 13 racial riots broke out.
Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, noted that allegations of him being the cause of the May 13 riots and being a communist were never made before the 2008 general election, in which the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) lost its two-thirds majority in parliament for the first time.
“Why? The reasons are simple. There is no basis or truth to such lies and falsehoods!
“The Umno leadership of the first four prime ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Abdul Razak, Hussein Onn and Dr Mahathir Mohamad, never made these two allegations against me for the Special Branch at the time would know whether I had been the cause of the May 13 riots in 1969 or whether I was a communist.”
Lim called on Umno leaders and cybertroopers to stop their politics of lies, falsehood, fake news and hatred if they really loved Malaysia as such gutter politics harmed nation building.
“We can differ, however strongly or vociferously, about what is best for Malaysia but let us not take leave of decency, truth, honesty and honour, or we risk condemning Malaysia to the fate of a failed and rogue state.”
WRITER: Raja Petra Kamarudin