Kit Siang rebukes MCA for swipe at Guan Eng, 'politics of lies'

Modified 1 Dec 2018, 2:03 pm

DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang has rebuked MCA for allegedly peddling in lies at the latter's annual general meeting for its Youth wing earlier today.

He was especially incensed by a swipe at his son, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, by MCA deputy president Mah Hang Soon.

Mah had said that the father-and-son team had sold out Chinese interests.

During the MCA deputy president's speech, he had played a video montage which included two pictures of Guan Eng.

The first was accompanied by the words "I am not Chinese", while the second read "I am Malaysian." These were Lim's remarks when asked about being a Chinese finance minister.

"How low can MCA go in its attempt to regain political support? MCA leaders are being utterly irresponsible in inciting hatred among the people against DAP leaders," Kit Siang said in a speech in Malacca today.

"DAP leaders never deny our ethnicity, but whether we are Chinese, Malays, Indians, Kadazans or Ibans, we are, even more important, Malaysians, which qualifies us to champion the rights and welfare of all Malaysians, regardless of race or religion.

"As far as I know, Guan Eng is the only political leader who has crossed ethnic lines to sacrifice his political future and position as an MP and even went to jail, in the defence of honour and dignity of an underaged Malay girl, when he was a MP for Kota Melaka in the nineties," he added.

In accusing Guan Eng and Kit Siang of selling out the Chinese, Mah had cited issues like the attempt to secure recognition for the United Examination Certificate and the reduction in allocations for the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College.

He also claimed that Kit Siang and Guan Eng had constantly ingratiated themselves with the prime minister and thus compromised the rights of the Chinese community.

However, Kit Siang said multiculturalism is what Malaysians want.

"MCA claims to champion the Chinese – but why have they been rejected so soundly and decisively in the 14th general election by the Chinese themselves, reduced from a '7/11 party' into a mosquito party which could only win one seat in Parliament, and thanks to Malay voters and not Chinese voters?”

Lim was referring to the seven parliamentary seats and 11 state seats that MCA had won in the 13th general election.

"Malaysians are made up of different ethnicities but we must be united as one Malaysian people to create a New Malaysia which is united, democratic, clean, just, progressive and prosperous," he added.

He said MCA must apologise for "extremist and dangerous MCA politics of lies and hate" at the party's main body AGM tomorow.

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