DAP 2013 Thaipusam Day Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 27.1.2013.
Principles Not Hate, Policies Not Sentiments And Performance Not Violence Will Determine Whether Malaysia Succeed In Transforming Itself Into A Developed And Progressive Country.
DAP welcomes the lifting of the four-year ban on the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) by the BN Federal government rescinding the Section 5 order under the Societies Act 1966 issued on October 14, 2008, which had gazetted the Hindraf as an illegal organization. The BN government should show its remorse and sincerity by not only apologizing for this ban but also pay compensation and withdraw all cases against Hindraf and 54 of its members for being part of an illegal organisation.
Failure to apologize, withdraw all court action and pay compensation will give an impression that the BN government is treating this as a political game to court Indian votes in the coming general elections. This will prove that there is no nambikei or trust in BN federal government’s actions.
Like all Malaysians, Indians wants to see substantive action that can move the country forward and not sweet words and gestures(sandiwara). What is the use of talking about nambikei when there are hundreds of thousands of stateless residents in Malaysians who have lawfully resided for decades and decades but can not get citizenship whilst hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from Pakistan or Phillipines staying illegally for 2 years in Sabah were granted blue ICs(citizenship) in the last 20 years?
Indians and Malaysians will choose a government that is people-centric and makes decisions that benefits the people yearly and not once every 5 years. Malaysians have a right to a government of the people, by the people and for the people not only once every 5 years with the remainder 4 years only serving cronies and the corrupt.
Only a responsible government that places principles over hate, policies over extremist sentiments and performance over violence will determine whether Malaysia succeed in transforming itself into a developed and progressive country.
LIM GUAN ENG