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I must 'apologise' to Wee Ka Siong...

Lim Kit Siang  |  Published:  |  Modified:

MP SPEAKS | I must apologise to the MCA president Wee Ka Siong as I had not realised that his intellectual capabilities and standards are as low as the other MCA leaders.

When I lamented on Tuesday that the national education curriculum needed an overhaul as it was producing political leaders “who do not understand a simple statement, reading what is not there at all”, I had not included him in the category.

Last Thursday, I had said in Luoyang, Henan, that DAP will never become MCA2 as DAP leaders will not be as spineless as MCA leaders and that DAP will not hesitate leaving the Pakatan Harapan coalition if the objective of New Malaysia was abandoned.

I observed in Kuala Lumpur on Christmas Day that my Luoyang statement sent the Opposition into sixes and sevens, feeding on their fevered imagination.

This is with a PAS leader trying to provoke the DAP to quit Pakatan Harapan, while one MCA leader urged the DAP to “grow a backbone” to exit the government and another MCA leader “hit the jackpot” and unconsciously condemned all MCA leaders with the statement that DAP did not qualify to be MCA2.

I had thought that Wee was above these puerile tactics, but Wee publicly jumped into the pit to show that he was on the same level as the other MCA leaders. Actually, Wee “out-classed” the other MCA leaders when he asked why I did a U-turn.

Are there other MCA leaders who could see such a non-existent U-turn?

Wee asked whether I was afraid of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. At the other end of the spectrum of the new toxic politics of lies, hate, fear, race and religion, the Umno and PAS political desperados would be asking Mahathir why he is afraid of me.

Is this going to be the new politics of the opposition in Malaysia?

This is a variation of the toxic politics of lies, fear, hatred, race and religion before the 14th general election – with one extreme end screaming that if Harapan wins the general election, Malay rights would be wiped out while at the other extreme were warnings that non-Malay rights would be eliminated.

This is not the way to build an united, harmonious, just, democratic, progressive and prosperous society – but to destroy Malaysia as a top world-class nation and condemn it to a future of a sham democracy, kakistocracy, a failed state and a global kleptocracy.

Wee pretends to be a brave man in calling me a coward.

Can Wee tell Malaysians what he did as a minister in the cabinet of former prime minister Najib Razak to save Malaysia from becoming a global kleptocracy!

The year 2018 which ends in four days has been described as “Year of anti-corruption sweep in Malaysia”, with vivid images of Najib, his wife Rosmah Mansor, former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi along with other ministers and Barisan Nasional grandees trudging up and down the courts to face corruption charges.

Not forgetting the police leaving Najib’s condominium at Pavilion Residences in Bukit Bintang carting away 284 boxes and 72 bags filled with expensive items and RM116 million in cash and valuables, including branded handbags, jewellery and watches.

What was Wee’s contribution to make 2018 the “Year of anti-corruption sweep in Malaysia”?

Wee was one of those leaders who aided and abetted Najib in the monstrous 1MDB scandal and Malaysia becoming a global kleptocaracy – yet he has the impudence and imprudence to pretend that MCA stands for integrity.

There are those who say, enough talk of 1MDB scandal and that we should stop focusing on corruption and 1MDB scandal as these matters should be left to the courts to decide, and that the country should turn to more important matters. Does Wee agree?

In fact, the battle against kleptocracy as typified by the 1MDB scandal and the other 1MDB-like scandals in Felda, Felcra, Tabung Haji and Mara has only just started.

Behind the main culprits in the organisations mentioned above and other scandals, there is an entourage of enablers and those who chose to remain complicit.

Behind every major corruption, there is often an entire institution that lacked the moral courage to find fault. This includes the Najib cabinet, the 13th Parliament and the various national institutions which were suborned and undermined during the Najib premiership.

Does Wee agree that the time has come to demand accountability from all the “enablers” of Malaysia becoming a global kleptocracy, especially through the monstrous 1MDB scandal – starting with Wee himself?

LIM KIT SIANG is member of Parliament for Iskandar Puteri.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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