PETALING JAYA: DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has invoked the memory of the late Karpal Singh in calling on Malaysians to bring victory for the party and Pakatan Harapan in the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14) due next year.
“There are two ways to remember and honour Karpal, who left us three years ago with much unfinished national business,” he said in a statement today.
The Gelang Patah MP said the DAP-led Penang government should be re-elected for a third term while PH should be allowed to form the federal government to “Save Malaysia” from becoming a failed and rogue state.
Lim described Karpal, who was DAP chairman and MP for eight terms when he passed away, as a giant who dedicated his life to the development of a just, equal and democratic nation.
He said with GE14 possibly taking place in the next five months, ensuring an opposition victory was a pre-condition towards “resetting” Malaysia to correct or abandon policies that were detrimental to the country.
Karpal, 74, died in a road accident while being driven from Kuala Lumpur to Penang along the North-South Expressway (PLUS) in the pre-dawn hours of April 17, 2014.
Lim also said Malaysians were provided with a reminder of “our nation-building failures” by South Korea which saw its president Park Geun-hye being impeached for graft in March.
He said South Korea was poor and backward 60 years ago, with a per capita gross national product (GNP) only one-third of Malaysia’s.
“Today, South Korea is one of the richest, most developed and prosperous nations in the world,” he said.
“Sixty years ago, any notion of democracy and human rights in South Korea was non-existent as it was ruled by a dictatorship.
“But today, the South Korean Parliament could impeach the South Korean president,” he said, adding that eight judges had unanimously upheld the move.
He asked if Malaysians could do the same here against the country’s leadership which he claimed had earned “international infamy and ignominy” as a kleptocracy.