DAP seeks air-time to rebut RTMs Bahaya Chauvinisme
Published:  Nov 19, 2002 12:45 AM
Updated: Jan 29, 2008 10:21 AM

"Unfair, tendentious and malicious" these were the words opposition party DAP chairperson Lim Kit Siang used to describe RTM's nightly airing of "Bahaya Cauvisnisme" (The Danger of Chauvinism) in its prime news slot.

According to Lim, the five-minute clips depicted DAP and Chinese educationist movement Dong Jiao Zong (DJZ) as 'anti-Malay, anti-national and unpatriotic by distorting history' for their opposition to the government's move to switch to English as the medium of instruction for Science and Mathematics next year.

In a press statement today, Lim called on the cabinet which is meeting tomorrow to allow DAP and DJZ the right to reply on television.

The multi-part documentary, also shown on the 6.30pm Mandarin news and late news over RTM, uses irrelevant video clips and images to insinuate to Chinese viewers that DAP had supported PAS in the Islamic state concept, said Lim.

The mini-documentary also attempts to portray DAP as 'chauvinistic' and a threat to the national harmony by recalling the 1978 case when six DAP Perak assemblyperson did not take their oath of allegiance to the Sultan of Perak.

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