By Lim Kit Siang
The UMNO daily, Utusan Malaysia, has just produced the latest proof
that UMNO/BN is totally against clean, free and fair elections,
especially Bersih 2.0’s Demand to “Stop Dirty Politics”.
As I tweeted earlier this morning: “When DAP appears on Utusan
Malaysia front-page, it is bad news/political trouble because distortion
n unethical/dishonest journalism at play”.
DAP appeared on the Utusan Malaysia front-page today, with the
headline “Karpal perjuangkan PM bukan Melayu”, quoting DAP National
Chairman Karpal Singh as saying:
“Selagi saya hidup, saya akan berjuang untuk melihat seorang bukan Melayu menjadi Perdana Menteri”.
This “life-time” quote was a total distortion of what Karpal told
the Utusan Malaysia reporter as he had only referred to the Malaysian
Constitution which provides that the office of Prime Minister is open to
all Malaysian citizens.
It is most irresponsible and unethical for Utusan Malaysia to try to
concoct a non-existing issue and extract political mileage by falsely
claiming that the agenda of Karpal and DAP is to appoint a non-Malay
Prime Minister, which will fit into the scare-mongering campaigning
conducted by irresponsible and unprincipled leaders – like the canard by
former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir last week that if UMNO is
defeated in the next general elections, the Malays will lose political
power in Malaysia.
The Constitution is very clear that the office of Prime Minister is
open to any Malaysian citizen, regardless of race, religion or region,
but we accept the political realities that during Karpal and my
lifetime, it will be a Malay and not a non-Malay who will be the
country’s Prime Minister.
Is the Prime Minister and UMNO President, Datuk Seri Najib Razak
prepared to co-operate with Pakatan Rakyat to ensure that Malaysians
will not see the dirtiest campaign in the nation’s history – both in the
run-up as well as during the campaign proper for the 13th general
Is he prepared to call off the “dirtiest” campaign of lies and
falsehoods against Pakatan Rakyat leaders to restore a minimum of
decency and civility in Malaysian politics and public life?