PETALING JAYA: DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has taken Umno to task for calling the party the enemy of Malays and Islam.
He said Umno president Najib Razak had “given extremism centre stage” at the 71st Umno anniversary celebration last night by saying, “For PAS, DAP is the enemy of Islam, while for Umno, DAP is the enemy of the Malays”.
In a statement today, the Gelang Patah MP pointed to DAP’s long history of working with Malay and Muslim leaders, whether from PAS, Umno or other parties.
“Is it seriously suggested that the three former prime ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Hussein Onn and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad; one-time Umno stalwarts like Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Tan Sri Rais Yatim, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim; former PAS president Fadzil Nor and former PAS mursyidul am Nik Aziz had been puppets and stooges of DAP to serve DAP’s anti-Malay and anti-Islam objectives?
“Is it seriously suggested that Malay and Muslim leaders in DAP – national laureate Pak Samad; MPs Zairil Khir Johari, Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri and Dr Ariffin Omar; Pahang state assembly opposition leader, Tengku Zulpuri Shah; municipal councillors Syerleena Abdul Rashid, Mohamad Shaipol Ismail, Edry Faizal Yusuf, Young Syefura Othman, Ahmad Irfan, Iza Suraiya Aya Zainudin, Shakir Ameer Mohidin, Jamaliah Jamaluddin, Mohamad Samat, Ahzaman Mat Noor, Noor Sulisiah Ampira Wani bt Miswan Alwi; or Malay intellectuals like former law professor Abdul Aziz Bari or former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim are all anti-Malay and anti-Islam?”
Lim said the 1.73 million voters or 15.71% of the electorate who voted for DAP in the 13th general election on May 5, 2013, were neither anti-Malay nor anti-Islam.
Instead, it was a vote by Malaysians in pursuit of the “Malaysian Dream” where all citizens, regardless of race, religion or region, have a rightful place, he said.
“DAP leaders, who come from diverse ethnic and religious groups – including Malays and Muslims – never aspire to be leaders of only one ethnic or religious group, as we always see ourselves as representing all Malaysians regardless of race, religion or region.
“No person can be a Malaysian leader if he or she is against any one race or concerned only about the rights and interests of only one community.”
Although it was frustrating to be continually accused of being anti-Malay and anti-Islam, he added, DAP leaders and members would not give way to such extremism.
He urged all political parties to focus on saving Malaysia from becoming a kleptocratic, rogue or failed state, and to renounce the politics of lies, hate and fear which only creates suspicion and hatred among individuals.