LETTER | Do you remember the days when DAP still boasted about its sacred duty championing for a “Malaysian Malaysia”? I know I do, and I bet everyone else, except DAP leaders, does as well.
After all, six months ago, one of their key election promises was to promote equality among Malaysians. Funny how I find myself having to remind them of their “sacred duty” now.
When the opportunity presented itself to DAP to perform their “sacred duty” in the form of Icerd (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination), DAP secretary-general cum Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng tucked his tail and hid behind Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, abandoning all intentions to seize the occasion to push the country towards DAP’s much-touted “Malaysian Malaysia”.
The party had turned craven the moment they obtained federal power; either that, or they have always been white-livered and had relied on loud blusters to get them where they are today.
They can no longer stand on their own two legs, to stand by their principle, and instead, had to cower behind a man who has a notorious track record of racial preferential treatment.
When the ratification of Icerd fall through last week, it did not come to Malaysians as a surprise, seeing how the government completely failed to utilise resources in their hands to debunk myths and curb racial incendiary speeches.
Yet, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang jumped instantaneously to defend the government citing the May 13 racial riot. Ain’t it a wonder that when instigators threatened May 13-like incidents if DAP were to win GE14, it did not dampen their spirits even one bit?
It ought to be crystal clear right now that DAP is not in the slightest interested in walking their talk and taking on difficult tasks. No, indeed; they are far too engrossed with playing petty politics at the expense of the people, and intend to protect their comfortable minister seats at all cost.
Let us all pray together for our beloved nation as we join the ranks of Myanmar, North Korea and South Sudan.
The writer is a member of the MCA Youth Central Committee.
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Malaysia is one of only two Muslim-majority countries in the world that have not ratified ICERD.