Malaysia Dateline

If Mahathir anti-Chinese, why MCA leaders serve under him

Let me ask the MCA leadership to explain why?

If Mahathir is anti-Chinese, why MCA leaders were prepared to serve under him as MCA Ministers, MPs, State Excos and State Assembly reps for 22 years?

Midway in the 11-day 14th General Election, the MCA/UMNO/Barisan Nasional election campaign has take a turn towards greater irresponsibility and dangerous trend in the politics of race, religion, fear, hate and lies.

Lies and falsehoods had been spread to accuse me of being anti-Malay and anti-Islam to create fear and hate among the Malays.

Now, there is a new twist that Tun Mahathir is anti-Chinese by MCA propagandists.

Let me ask the MCA leadership to explain why, if Mahathir is anti-Chinese, MCA leaders were prepared to serve under him as MCA Ministers, Members of Parliament, State Executive Councillors and State Assembly representatives for 22 years?

I was in Telemong, Karak and Lurah Bilut earlier before coming to Raub, and in Raub and Bentong parliamentary constituencies, there was the giant billboard of the MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai with China President, Xi Jinping, giving the impression to foreign visitors that Xi, the great Chinese leader, is contesting in Pahang in Malaysia’s 14th General Election on May 9, 2018.

Of course, Xi Jinping is not contesting in Malaysia’s general elections, but the reliance of MCA leaders on Xi Jinping rather than on the Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional President, Datuk Seri Najb Razak on their giant election billboards, apart from breaking Election Commission rules, is an admission of the realization of MCA leaders that Najib is a very unpopular leader in Malaysia.

Malaysians are entitlted to ask why Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim’s pictures in Pakatan Harapan billboards are being torn out, while MCA leaders are allowed to exploit Xi Jinping’s photographs on their billboards.

If DAP had used Xi Jinping on DAP election billboards or publicity materials, the media and airwaves will be full of accusations by Barisan Nasional leaders that the DAP is not only anti-Malay, anti-Islam, but also anti-Malaysia, that the DAP is disloyal to Malaysia and the fifth columnists for the Chinese communists in China.

Would the Barisan Nasional leaders make such accusations against the MCA leaders now, that we have Ministers and Barisan Nasional leaders who are unpatriotic and disloyal to Malaysia?

This is the first time in Malaysia’s six decades of nationhood that we have a Prime Minister who is not only unpopular in the country but world-wide, because he has made Malaysia into a global kleptocracy.

Najib has done what the first five Prime Ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak, Tun Hussein, Tun Mahathir and Tun Abdullah in the first five decades of Malaysia have failed to do – to transform the world respect and admiration for Malaysia into a world scorn and humiliation for the country because we have suddenly become a global kleptocracy.

The 15 million voters must save Malaysia on May 9 and cleanse Malaysia of the international infamy and ignominy as a global kleptocracy.

We have seven days left for getting the message of Save Malaysia out to the voters, facing supreme odds from the most unfair and undemocratic election system in Malaysian history. On Nomination Day, Pakatan Harapan lost one parliamentary and five state assembly seats, not because of the will and decision of the voters, but because of the abuse of power by the Najib government.

This is why, for instance, I have to be in nine places in Selangor and Pahang today, and in eight places yesterday – starting with Iskandar Puteri, then Johor Jaya, Simpang Renggam, Batu Pahat, Kluang, Ayer Hitam, Paloh and Labis.

Pakatan Harapan leaders must work doubly, even trebly, hard to ensure that on May 9, Malaysia reaches a historic watershed – where we can change the Prime Minister, the Malaysian Government in Putrajaya as well as all the national policies inimical to the interests of Malaysia and the people of Malaysia.

*Speech by DAP Parliamentary Candidate for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Raub on Tuesday, April 1, 2018 at 8.30 pm: