Putrajaya must not allow spiral of violence to start, says DAP
JANUARY 23, 2014
LATEST UPDATE: JANUARY 23, 2014 09:43 AM
Putrajaya must end attempts by groups conspiring to create conditions for another May 13, says a veteran oppositionleader, who questioned why this was not addressed in yesterday’s cabinet meeting.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang (pic) said Pakatan Rakyat had offered an olive branch to Barisan Nasional to discuss these issues and asked if the Najib administration was prepared to accept the overture.
“If the BN and PR coalitions are united to ensure that there would not be another May 13, who in Malaysia could conspire and create the conditions for another May 13?” he asked.
Lim said the first stage of those who wanted racial problems were the speeches and threats made by Umno leaders before the 13th general election, specifically warnings that there would be racial riots if Umno was defeated and the Malays lose political power.
“This is a fallacy for the Malays will never lose political power even if Umno is defeated as the coalition of PKR, PAS and DAP will ensure there will be no loss of Malay political power,” Lim said in a statement today.
He also said it was wrong to equate Umno rule with Malay power, as it was the “Umno Baruputras” who stood to benefit under the Umno Baru rule and not Malays in general.
Lim pointed out the second stage of May 13 threats was staged by Penang Umno and their allies over the “kangkung” furore, with the use of slogans and banners to incite racial and religious hatred.
“These May 13 conspirators are hoping to destabilise the situation with the public losing confidence because of the double standards of the police and the authorities.
Lim gave the example of PKR Machang Bubuk assemblyman Lee Khai Loon, who has been called by police to have his statement recorded this afternoon.
“But Umno Kepala Batas MP Reezal Merican Naina Merican and Umno state secretary and Bukit Mertajam chief Musa Sheikh Fadzir are treated with kid gloves by the police although guilty of the most seditious offence in inciting racial and religious hatred, conflict and tension.”
Lim questioned if Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the cabinet would continue to issue “blank cheques” to Umno and its allies to destabilise the country with talk of another May 13.
“Are peace-loving Malaysians going to be cowed and intimidated by the traitors out to destroy a plural society with their continued incitement of racial and religious hatred, just to realise their objective of creating another May 13?
“These are questions awaiting urgent answers.” – January 23, 2014.
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