Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 20.12.2014.
Extremist UMNO supporters and Perkasa leaders’ unruly and uncivilised behaviour during demonstrations against the Penang state government in Komtar and the Perak DAP state headquarters in Ipoh, are masquerading as defenders of Islam by not daring to demonstrate against MCA, which demanded the repeal of the Administration of the Religion of Islam(State of Penang) Enactment 2004. Such proposed repeal by MCA would effectively mean also the abolition of the Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Pulau Pinang, a gross insult and interference in Islamic affairs.
Even extremist UMNO supporters and Perkasa leaders have the right to demonstrate, but must be done peacefully, even if they oppose the legally valid and factually correct position of the Penang state government, that fatwas are only applicable on Muslims and not on non-Muslims. Their unruly and uncivilised behaviour yesterday physically harrassed the Continue reading ‘Extremist UMNO Supporters And Perkasa Leaders’ Unruly And Uncivilised Behaviour During Demonstrations Against The Penang State Government In Komtar And The Perak DAP State Headquarters In Ipoh, Are Masquerading As Defenders Of Islam By Not Daring To Demonstrate Against MCA, Which Demanded The Repeal Of The Administration of the Religion of Islam(State of Penang) Enactment 2004.(e/c)’
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 20.12.2014.
PAS’ arguments for wanting to implement hudud laws on Muslims in Kelantan despite being not part of the PR Common Policy or 2013 General Election Manifesto is centered on 3 key points. One, that this is PAS democratic right and PR component parties can agree to disagree. Two, the hudud laws were proposed in Kelantan before PR was established and hence not relevant to PR. Finally it is only implemented on Muslims and does not affect non-Muslims.
Such arguments are both self-contradictory and fallacious. Whilst PAS can pursue its hudud agenda within the democratic context, it must do so within the framework of PR as a coalition partner that trusts its partners and keep its promises. Worse, this violates the PR consensus painstakingly achieved since 2008 as set out in the Common Policy and 2013 General Election Manifesto that did not mention hudud laws at all. Further such actions can even be considered dishonourable as a result of PAS’ willingness to work with its mortal enemy UMNO and against the wishes of both PKR and DAP.
Continue reading ‘The High 80% Non-Muslim Voters Who Voted During The 2013 General Election In Favour For PAS Against UMNO, Will Feel Betrayed By A PAS That They Voted To Fight Corruption And Replace BN, Not To Implement Hudud Laws. (e/c)’
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 18.12.2014.
The Penang State Government would equally defend the Administration of the Religion of Islam(State of Penang) Enactment 2004 against repeal by MCA as well as uphold the fundamental principle that fatwas are not applicable on non-Muslims.
UMNO extremists and racists would fundamentally alter the basic character and identity of our Federal Constitution and deprive the inalienable constitutional rights of non-Muslims by insisting that religious fatwas are applicable on non-Muslims as on Muslims. The Penang state government stands firm and uphold the present laws that fatwas are not applicable on non-Muslims and only on Muslims.
Continue reading ‘Penang State Government Would Equally Defend The Administration of the Religion of Islam (State of Penang) Enactment 2004 (e/m/c)’
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 16.12.2014.
Would UMNO, Including Ministers Like Khairy Jamaludin, Dare To Lodge Police Reports And Condemn Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem For Opposing Hudud And That Religious Fatwas Are Not Applicable On Non-Muslims?
I am not surprised that an Oxford University graduate like Youth Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar continues to adopt the extremist and fundamentalist position to condemn me for my statement that syariah laws and fatwas are applicable on Muslims but non on non-Muslims. Non-Muslims can be charged for religious offences such as preaching to Muslims, but only under civil laws such as Penal Code, but not under syariah laws because to do so would be a dangerous and unacceptable imposition of Islamic laws on non-Muslims.
Continue reading ‘Would UMNO, Including Ministers Like Khairy Jamaluddin, Dare To Lodge Police Reports And Condemn Sarawak Chief Minister(e/c)’
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 14.12.2014.
The police report lodged by Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan against 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) for mismanagement of funds has exposed the intense internal power struggle and crisis within UMNO. UMNO cannot distract attention from the UMNO internal crisis over 1MDB by bullying me with lies that I am trying to interfere in Islamic affairs for my statement that an Islamic religious edict or fatwa is not applicable on non-Muslims because Islamic laws cannot be imposed on non-Muslims.
This position that a fatwa does not apply to non-Muslims is not only human and morally right but also sanctioned by the Federal Constitution and even embodied by the Administration of the Religion of Islam(State of Penang) Enactment 2004. Section 49(1) of the Enactment states that a fatwa shall be binding on every Muslim in the state…, without mentioning non-Muslims, clearly restricting its application on Muslims.
Continue reading ‘UMNO Cannot Distract Attention From The UMNO Internal Crisis Over 1MDB By Bullying Me With Lies That I Am Trying To Interfere In Islamic Affairs For My Statement That An Islamic Religious Edict Or Fatwa Is Not Applicable On Non-Muslims Because Islamic Laws Cannot Be Imposed On Non-Muslims.(e/c)’
Berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjing.
Gunung sama didaki, lurah sama dituruni.
Biar putih tulang, jangan putih mata.
Salam Ubah dan salam Bersih kepada semua.
I thank all invited guests, delegates and observers for being here, especially to those who traveled afar.
Today we are gathered here at the DAP National Conference 2014 in Subang Jaya to chart the future of the party and Malaysia for we believe that together with all other progressive Malaysians, we hold the key to Putrajaya and to a new and better Malaysia.
Continue reading ‘Policy Speech by DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng at DAP National Conference 2014 on 14th December 2014 in Subang Jaya.(e/m/c)’
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 7.12.2014.
DAP strongly disagrees with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over Christoph R Mueller’s appointment as chief executive officer-designate of Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS NewCo) shows that Malaysians are stupid in not knowing how to manage aviation incurring billions of ringgit of losses since its inception.
In fact, it is BN and not Malaysians who is stupid, by relying on racism to cloak incompetent cronies instead of spotting talented Malaysians right before their very eyes such as the Air Asia team of Tony Fernandes, Datuk Kamarudin Meranon and Azran Osman Rani. The success of Air Asia is well-known internationally. Without a single cent in government support and subsidies, they have transformed the airline industry by offering affordable fares where “everyone can fly”.
Continue reading ‘BN Not Malaysians Are Stupid By Relying On Racism To Cloak Incompetent Cronies Instead Of Spotting Talented Malaysians Right Before Their Very Eyes Such As The Air Asia Team Of Tony Fernandes, Datuk Kamarudin Meranon And Azran Osman Rani.(en/cn)’
SOCDEM Asia Conference on Lessons and Best Practices on Local Democracy and Governance in the 21st Century
Keynote address by Rt. Honourable Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
2 December 2014 | George Town
The George Town Conurbation (GTC) consists of the highly urbanised Penang Island, Seberang Perai, Sungai Petani, Kulim and the surrounding areas (see map). With a population of 1.6 million according to the National Cencus in 2000, it was the second-largest metropolitan area in Malaysia after the Kuala Lumpur conurbation (Klang Valley), which had a population of 4.9 million. Johor Bahru had 1.5 million. The population of the GTC is now estimated at 2 million.
A conurbation is defined as “an urban area that encompasses several cities or towns physically agglomerated and forming a built-up area through population growth”.
Continue reading ‘Technological Competence And Democratic Institutional Change Based On Talent, Technology And Tolerance Of New Ideas.(e/c)’
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 30.11.2014.
Police reports will be lodged against Penang UMNO leaders like UMNO Permatang Pauh Division Chairman Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said, for criminal defamation and seditious lies made with malicious intent to incite racial hatred, including lies that the political and economic strength of the Chinese in Penang comes from illegal economic activities such as illegal gambling, prostitution and entertainment outlets. The Penang state government is under no illusions that any action will be taken by the Federal government against UMNO leaders.
Despite the likelihood that no action will be taken, police reports must be lodged for the record to defend the dignity and honour of the people of Penang, including the Chinese community who are being taunted by such humiliation. Everyone in Penang can succeed whether Chinese, Malay or Indian, if they are honest and work hard. To accuse the Chinese who have succeeded as being engaged in illegal activity is an insult and contempt towards those who are clean, honest and hard-working.
Continue reading ‘Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said Should Not Be So Ignorant, By Pretending Not To Know I Have No Powers Over The Police, But Should Have The Courage to Give Information Of Illegal Gambling, Prostitution And Entertainment Outlets In Penang To The Penang Chief Police Officer.(e/c)’
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 28.11.2014.
If The Prime Minister Can Blithely Break His Thrice-Repeated Promise To Repeal The Sedition Act Without Consulting The Cabinet, Can He Be Trusted To Keep His Promises To Fight Corruption, Reduce Debts And Income Inequality As Well As Not Close Down Chinese And Tamil Schools When MCA, MIC, Gerakan, SUPP And PBS Are Political Parasites That Are Stooges And Sycophants Of UMNO?
If Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak can blithely break his thrice-repeated promise to repeal the Sedition Act without consulting the Cabinet, can he be trusted to keep his promises to fight corruption, reduce debts and income inequality as well as not close down Chinese and Tamil schools when MCA, MIC, Gerakan, SUPP and PBS are political parasites that are stooges and sycophants of UMNO? In announcing that the Sedition Act would not be repealed but instead strengthened, Najib said that he arrived at his decision after consulting UMNO leaders, UMNO supporters and NGOs.
MIC Deputy President Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam had confirmed the non-Malay BN component parties’ status as political parasites that are UMNO’s stooges and sycophants when he admitted that neither MIC nor Cabinet was consulted prior to Najib’s unilateral announcement. Despite this humiliation by Najib, or MCA and Gerakan’s earlier call to abolish the Sedition Act, we can expect both MCA and Gerakan leaders to obediently support and comply with UMNO to impose even harsher restrictions in the Sedition Act.
Continue reading ‘If The Prime Minister Can Blithely Break His Thrice-Repeated Promise To Repeal The Sedition Act Without Consulting The Cabinet, Can He Be Trusted To Keep His Promises ? (e/m/c)’
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 28.11.2014.
Penang UMNO’s grievous insults, outrageous slurs and lies that the political and economic strength of the Chinese in Penang comes from illegal economic activities such as illegal is also directed at Penang Police who had openly denied such activities. Penang UMNO Permatang Pauh Division Chairman Datuk Mohd Zaid Mohd Said said such illegal activities flourished because the Malays are mild-mannered and the relevant authorities are turning a blind eye to them. This is not only irresponsible but wrong.
This contradicts the repeated assertions by Penang Chief Police Officer Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi that there are no such illegal activities in Penang. As late as the end of last month, Datuk Abdul Rahim said that the police had conducted raids on the gambling dens adding that, “For the record, Penang has zero illegal gambling machines.” .
Continue reading ‘Penang UMNO’s Grievous Insults, Outrageous Slurs And Lies That The Political And Economic Strength Of The Chinese In Penang Comes From Illegal Economic Activities Such As Illegal Gambling , Prostitution And Entertainment Outlets Is Also Directed At Penang Police Who Had Openly Denied Such Activities.(e/m/c)’
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 27.11.2014.
The UMNO General Assembly should stop manufacturing lies to foment religious and racial hatred against non-Malays and non-Muslims but focus instead on the economic distress suffered by Malaysians and debate how a young Malaysian Jho Low became so wealthy, until he can donate US$25 million to the United Nations. Reuters reported that Jho Low, a Hong Kong-based philanthropist will be granting a US$25 million (RM83.7 million) 15-year investment to allow the United Nations (UN) to spin off its humanitarian news service Integrated Regional Information Networks (Irin) as an independent Swiss-based foundation.
How come no questions were raised about how a wealthy Malaysian is not giving the same attention to do charity in his own country? Is the loud silence by UMNO General Assembly related to impressions that Jho Low is untouchable due to his close links with top UMNO personalities as well as with the controversial 1MDB?
Continue reading ‘The UMNO General Assembly Should Stop Manufacturing Lies To Foment Religious And Racial Hatred Against Non-Malays And Non-Muslims But Focus Instead On The Economic Distress Suffered By Malaysians And Debate How A Young Malaysian Jho Low Became So Wealthy, Until He Can Donate US$25 Million To The United Nations.(e/m/c)’
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 24.11.2014.
The Prime Minister’s promises of not abolishing Chinese primary schools as demanded by UMNO leaders will only be credible if these UMNO leaders are charged for sedition as done in the past and the Prime Minister fulfills his thrice repeated promise to abolish the Sedition Act 1948. Whilst DAP opposes the Sedition Act that violates fundamental human rights and freedom of expression, the failure to implement the sedition laws fairly and impartially proves that the Sedition Act is being exploited as a political weapon against opposition leaders, academics who question BN policies and dissenters.
So long as the Sedition Act exists in the statute books, it must be enforced fairly and impartially without fear or favour. In the 1970s BN leaders who called for the abolition of Chinese primary schools were immediately charged under the Sedition Act. Even a Sabah MP Mark Koding was stripped of all his privileges and benefits as an MP after he was convicted for sedition for calling for the abolition of Chinese schools in 1978.
Continue reading ‘The Prime Minister’s Promises Of Not Abolishing Chinese Primary Schools As Demanded By UMNO Leaders Will Only Be Credible If These UMNO Leaders Are Charged For Sedition As Done In The Past And The Prime Minister Fulfills His Thrice Repeated Promise To Abolish The Sedition Act. (e/m/c)’
Opening Speech By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In The DAP Penang State Annual Convention In Bukit Mertajam On 23.11.2014
The DAP intends to showcase the PR Penang state government as a model of good governance because we believe in the ideal of a government as good as its people – especially those who are honest and hardworking. The attributes of Penangites as honest and diligent are reflected in a Penang state government that is clean, efficient and effective. Indeed, the commendation accorded on Penang in the annual Auditor-General Reports and even by Transparency International, proves that a clean government can do better than a corrupt administration.
DAP has proven that we are an effective opposition party that is a fearless voice and defender of the rakyat but that our record in Penang, shows we can also govern within PR much better than BN. Since we took over on 8 March 2008, we have recorded annual surpluses every year and surpluses from 2008-2013 amounts to RM453 million, reduced our state debts by 90% and increased our reserves by more than 50% or RM500 million to RM1.3 billion
Continue reading ‘A Government As Good As Its People – People Who Are Honest And Hard Working(e/m/c)’
Opening Speech By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In The DAP State Annual Convention In Kota Kinabalu On 22.11.2014 Released Also In Kuala Lumpur.
DAP will stand solidly behind DAP National Publicity Secretary, Selangor DAP Chair and Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua against the defamation suit filed against him by Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Abdul Razak pertaining to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) controversy. DAP National Legal Bureau Chairman and MP for Puchong will be tasked with assembling a panel of top legal practitioners to defend Tony Pua.
This is a historic case as this is the first time in Malaysian history that a Prime Minister is filing a legal suit against an opposition lawmaker. Clearly this will not be a routine defamation action relating to the personal standing of the Prime Minister but also possesses far reaching consequences for the political implications.
Even though the Prime Minister has only issued a notice of demand to Tony Pua, the Prime Minister clearly
had already made up his mind to go all the way and sue. As such, DAP does not wish to make further comments on the proposed legal suit by the Prime Minister but to let the courts decide. Continue reading ‘Whilst The Defamation Suit By The Prime Minister Against Tony Pua Is Personal And Private, The Management Decisions Taken By 1MDB And The Finance Ministry Is Public And Of National Interest, Should Not Stifle Public Discourse And Choke Off Any Media Coverage On 1MDB When It Involves RM41.9 Billion In Debt And RM 49 Billion In Total Liabilities.’