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Kit Siang rockets ‘ignorant’ Muhyiddin

 | May 25, 2011

The DAP stalwart takes the deputy prime minister to task for claiming that DAP has never fielded a Malay candidate in the general election.

PETALING JAYA: In what is perhaps one of his most hard-hiting responses to date, Lim Kit Siang buries Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin under an avalanche of criticism.

Among others, the DAP stalwart dismissed Muhyiddin as a politician with “no class or standard” and as someone “utterly contemptuous and ignorant” of the truth.

The veteran politician, who locked horns with many deputy prime ministers in the past, noted that Muhyiddin was shaping out to be the “worst deputy prime minister and Umno deputy president in history”.

“I will not yet say that he is destined to be the nation’s worst education minister although he is undoubtedly leading the pack in a more competitive field,” he said in a press statement.

Lim was irked by Muhyiddin’s comment yesterday that DAP, which Umno leaders describe as a Chinese-chauvinist party, had never fielded a Malay candidate before.

‘Malay candidates in every polls’

Rubbishing the allegation, the Ipoh Timor MP said: “For the information of Muhyiddin and the ignoramuses thronging the upper echelons of the Umno leadership, DAP fielded Malay candidates in every one of the 10 general elections contested by DAP from 1969 to 2008.”

Lim said Muhyiddin had out-dimwitted Defence Minister and Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi with his remark.

“I thought the ‘creative conspiracy’ by the defence minister where he allegedly ‘exposes DAP’s plan to name Malay candidates in the general election’ takes the cake for being the most silliest political statement of the year.

“But I was wrong, for within 48 hours, Muhyiddin dislodged Zahid in making the silliest political statement of the year,” he added.

Lim said discerning Malaysians of all races should ask why Umno leaders were panicking about DAP reaching out to the Malays if their allegation that DAP was a chauvinist party which never cared about the wellbeing of the Malays was true.

“It is precisely because Umno leaders know that their allegation against DAP is untrue and baseless – as irresponsible and baseless as Utusan Malaysia’s seditious and treasonous ‘Christian Malaysia’ bogey – and their inner feeling that DAP can get the support of rational and right-thinking Malays, which explains why they are so panicky,” he added.

Lim said that in the first general election contested by DAP in 1969, the party fielded Malay candidates in one parliamentary and nine state assembly constituencies covering four states – Johor, Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Perak.

“In 1969, two Malay candidates were elected as state assemblymen – Ibrahim Singgeh for Tapah Road, Perak, and Haji Hassan Haji Ahmad for Si Rusa, Negri Sembilan. Since 1969, six Malay DAP leaders successfully won in elections – five as state assemblymen and one as MP, Ahmad Nor, who represented the Bayan Baru constituency in Penang in 1990-1995.

“The other three DAP Malay assemblymen elected on the (DAP logo) ‘Rocket’ ticket were: Daing Ibrahim Othman, Mohd Salleh Nakhoda and Fadzlan Yahya,” he added.

‘Party for all Malaysians’

In an obvious reference to his son and DAP secretary-general Guan Eng, Lim asked if Muhyiddin and Zahid could name a current Umno minister or MP who had sacrificed his or her political career, disqualified as an elected representative whether in Parliament or state assembly, and gone to jail for standing up for the dignity, rights and interests of Malays as a DAP leader had done?

Guan Eng, who is now the chief minister of Penang, was arrested under the Sedition Act in 1994 for criticisng the government’s handling of an allegation of statutory rape by one of his constituents against former Malacca chief minister Rahim Tamby Chik. The then Kota Melaka MP served 12 months in jail.

Meanhwile, Lim said that from the day DAP was founded in 1966, it had committed itself as a party for all Malaysians and not for one race or religion.

“DAP’s new initiative to reach out to secure more Malay support to save Malaysia from the decline in quality of life, increasing economic inequality, corruption, abuses of power, environmental degradation and worsening international competitiveness is part of DAP’s founding political struggle to unite Malaysians regardless of race, religion, geography or socio-economic status in a common patriotic mission to make all Malaysians proud of Malaysia,” he added.


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