December 31, 2015 by Suara Kebenaran
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia must get out of the rut it has been stuck in for the past few years, said suspended Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang in a New Year message. He cited among others the RM2.6 billion “donation” controversy and the RM55 billion 1MDB scandal. “They have combined to pull us down deeper and deeper into the abyss.”
“Malaysians must find and restore their self-confidence to compete with the rest and the best in the world. We must rediscover our greatness as Malaysians.”
Again, bogged down by a multitude of crises which have been described as the coming of a “perfect storm” to hit the country, reiterated Lim, Malaysians have lost the self-confidence that they had displayed in earlier decades to re-make the world.
The time has come for a realignment of progressive political forces to save Malaysia, added Lim who is also DAP Parliamentary Leader. “We must keep faith with the vision of a united, inclusive, moderate, democratic and prosperous country.”
The resolution of the Najib government’s scandals should be a starting point for the re-alignment of progressive political forces in Malaysia, ventured Lim.
He noted that while railing against the “sh*ts” — to use the colourful vocabulary of Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi – of past administrations, of which the present top Umno leaders were themselves party to but had done nothing to ameliorate, the incumbent leadership was trying to impose even worse “sh*ts” on the present and future generations of Malaysians through major betrayals of trust like the RM2.6 billion “donation” controversy and the RM55 billion 1MBD scandal.
To fight the worse “sh*ts” of the present, continued Lim, all forces and contributions are welcome, including those who were responsible for the “sh*ts” of the past, like former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
Lim was reviewing the year 2015 as an “annus horribilis” (a year of disaster or misfortune) for Malaysia. “Even up to the last few days of the year, Malaysia has not been spared from being haunted and hounded by the Najib government scandals.”
Twenty-eight years ago, recalled Lim, many DAP leaders and MPs, including the late Karpal Singh and P. Patto, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, the Deputy Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Tan Seng Giaw and he were incarcerated under the infamous Internal Security Act in Kamunting. “We opposed the ‘sh*ts’ of the lopsided highway privatization contract, which then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad wanted to impose not only on Malaysians but on future generations as well.”
Malaysia has lost out in the race for economic competitiveness and educational excellence over the decades, lamented Lim. “By the nineties, Malaysia had been left behind with the emergence of the Asian economic tigers like Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.”
“Malaysia could only aspire to be the next Asian tiger.”
The hopes of Malaysia becoming the next economic tiger were never realised with the Asian financial crisis in the 1990s, recalled Lim. “Now, Malaysia is even further behind the economic tigers. It also risks being taken over by other countries in Asia, Africa and South America.”