Kit Siang says UUM lecturer has harmed reputation of local universities

Lim-Kit-SiangKUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) lecturer Kamarul Zaman Yusuf has done “irreparable harm” to the academic reputation of UUM, according to Lim Kit Siang.

“I mourn for Malaysia’s university academic standards,” said the DAP parliamentary leader in a statement today.

Lim said Kamarul Zaman had, in his latest Facebook post, repeated “the garbage about a ‘DAP Christian agenda’”, and had claimed as proof that the DAP’s two major strategists in this agenda were DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke and DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua.

“But Kamarul Zaman did UUM and Malaysian universities’ academic reputation no favours when he committed the most rudimentary academic sin of being misled by Loke and Pua’s western names and not verifying that Loke and Pua are Christians in the first place. For Kamarul’s information, both Loke and Pua are not Christians. Where comes the DAP’s “Christian agenda”?

“As if such rudimentary academic sloppiness is not enough, Kamarul Zaman committed another cardinal academic sin when he attacked the DAP MP for Serdang Ong Kian Ming for a quote in the latter’s FB post dated Feb 4, 2014, when the quote was in fact made by a Christian (former Cabinet) minister, Idris Jala, and had nothing to do with Kian Ming. Will Kamarul Zaman next accuse the Umno/BN government of Datuk Seri Najib Razak of a ‘Christian agenda’?”

The MP for Gelang Patah said he would have ignored the post if not for the fact that Kamarul Zaman had asked what credentials Lim had to deny that the DAP had a Christian agenda, “as if Lim Kit Siang is the DAP and the DAP is Lim Kit Siang”.

Lim said: “It has taken Umno leaders, propagandists and cybertroopers a very long time to realise the falsity of such a claim.

“This should have sounded like ‘manna from heaven’ as for the past few decades, I have been accused by top Umno/BN leaders on the ground that ‘Lim Kit Siang is DAP and DAP is Lim Kit Siang’”.

This, Lim said, was the raison d’etre of the intense “campaign of lies and falsehoods” by Umno leaders, propagandists and cybertroopers, to demonise him.

“But alas,” Lim said, Kamarul Zaman’s “admission that it is ridiculous to assume that ‘Lim Kit Siang is the DAP and DAP is Lim Kit Siang’ will not stop the ‘upline’ Umno propagandists, cybertroopers and leaders from continuing such attacks.”