Kit Siang proposes ‘Malaysia Unity Season’ between Merdeka and Malaysia Day

Lim Kit Siang says ‘maybe next year, we can launch a charter of unity for all Malaysians’.

PETALING JAYA: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has proposed a Malaysia Unity Season to be held for 15 days from Merdeka Day on Aug 31 to Malaysia Day on Sept 16 each year.

Hitting out at yesterday’s signing of the unity charter between Umno and PAS, Lim said it was unfortunate it did not celebrate the “great Malaysian spirit which is all-encompassing, inclusive and open-minded”.

“Maybe next year, we can launch a charter for all Malaysians, regardless of race or religion, to promote the Alliance of Civilisations rather than for any particular race, religion or culture,” the Iskandar Puteri MP said at a Mid-Autumn Festival gathering at Taman Teratai, Iskandar Puteri, last night.

According to Lim, Umno and PAS were said to have wanted to establish an “Islamic Golden Age” through the charter to wrest power from the Pakatan Harapan government in the next general election.

“I think such thinking is the result of the misreading of history.

“There had indeed been ‘golden ages’ in each of the great civilisations of the world, but l am not aware that there was any golden age which was founded on kleptocracy or greed.”

He said the Islamic Golden Age was a period of cultural, economic and scientific flourishing in the history of Islam, traditionally dated from the 8th century to the 14th century.

“I am prepared to stand corrected. As far as I know, there has not been a single golden age in human history which was founded on narrow-mindedness, kleptocracy and moral degradation,” he said.

Lim reiterated his call to Malaysians to “develop a new self-confidence of reaching for the stars and a new Malaysia Boleh spirit” for the nation to excel in various fields of human endeavour to achieve a “golden age for Malaysia”.

He also said this year’s Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival was special because, for the first time, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, had conveyed Mid-Autumn Festival greetings to the Chinese community.