Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah on Tuesday, 25th February 2020:
Who will believe that the 42 BN MPs and 18 Pas MPs now support Pakatan Harapan 14GE Manifesto and the arrest and trial of Najib and former top BN leaders – and if so, will they make such a declaration?
Parliament is scheduled to meet on March 9th, which also marks 21 months from the historic decision of Malaysian voters on May 9, 2018, when the world sat up and noticed that Malaysia can lead the world in renewing hope in democracy when for over a decade in the world, democracy had been in retreat losing out to autocratic and kleptocratic regimes.
But will there be a Pakatan Harapan Government by March 9, 2020, or Malaysians and the world will observe another Malaysian infamy, ignominy and iniquity, where the historic decision of May 9, 2018 to Save Malaysia from the fate of a failed, rogue and kleptocratic state will be hijacked and perverted by a back-door government, using the name of Pakatan Harapan to kill Pakatan Harapan, and to justify not only the reversion to a global kleptocracy but even worse, the advent of a kakistocracy where the worst, the most unscrupulous and the most unprincipled elements of society occupy the high offices of state in the nation?
In introducing the Pakatan Harapan 14th General Election Manifesto, the Buku Harapan, the Pakatan Harapan Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on 8th March 2018 said:
“This book contains Pakatan Harapan’s promises to the people of Malaysia on the steps we will take when we become the government.
“These are the policies and actions that we will implement to give this country the treatment that it needs, to REBUILD THE NATION and to FULFIL THE HOPE of the people.
“On behalf of everyone in Pakatan Harapan, with humility and in full submission to Allah SWT, I offer ourselves to shoulder the heavy responsibility of saving the country.
“We appeal to the people to give us a chance to showcase our abilities and to help the country.
“With the publication of this book, we also humbly pledge that we are willing to be judged by the people on how far we fulfil our promises when we are in government.
“If we fail or if we break our promises, by all means reject us in the next general election.”
Are Malaysians now suddenly to believe, for instance, that the 42 Barisan Nasional MPs (39 UMNO, 2 MCA and 1 MIC) and 18 PAS MPs now support Pakatan Harapan 14GE Manifesto and the arrest and trial of Najib and former top BN leaders – and if so, will they make such a declaration?
Will they now also declare support for the Malaysian Citizens’ Declaration of 4th March 2016 which declared for
a) The removal of Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak as the Prime Minister of Malaysia through non-violent and legally permissible means;
b) The removal of all those who have acted in concert with him;
c) A repeal of all the recent laws and agreements that violate the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Federal Constitution and undermine policy choices and
d) A restoration of the integrity of the institutions that have been undermined, such as the police, the MACC, Bank Negara and the PAC;
Are they now in support of the Citizen’s Declaration’s call on “all Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion, political affiliation, creed or parties, young and old”, to “save the nation and pave the way for much needed democratic and institutional reforms, and to restore the important principle of the separation of powers among the executive, legislature and judiciary which will ensure the independence, credibility, professionalism and integrity of our national institutions”?
Isn’t the toppling of the Pakatan Harapan Government and the hijacking and perversion of Pakatan Harapan Agenda for a New Malaysa the work of traitors, an unforgivable betrayal of the trust and mandate of the voters of Malaysia who had voted for a New Malaysia on May 9, 2018?
I am shocked by those involved in the hijacking and perversion of the Malaysian people’s mandate of May 9, 2018.
Apart from the ringleaders, I urge all who had been involved to remember and respect the solemn and courageous mandate of the people for a New Malaysia on May 9, 2018, to desist at the brink of the precipice and to return to the path of honesty, principle, trust and responsibility to defend the Pakatan Harapan Agenda so that the Pakatan Harapan Government could discharge its mandate of a New Malaysia.
Lim Kit Siang