Hopes That The Election Of Jokowi Can Lead To Effective & Concrete Measures To Stop The Annual Haze Pollution (en/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 24 July 2014.

Hopes That The Election Of Jokowi As Indonesia President Can Lead To Effective And Concrete Measures To Stop The Annual Haze Pollution As A Result Of Illegal Forest Burnings In Sumatera And Kalimantan By Unscrupulous Businessmen Clearing Land For Oil Palm Estates.

DAP congratulates reformist candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on his historic election as the newly-elected President of Indonesia. As the first outsider and from a poor background to be elected to the nation’s highest office, Jokowi carries the hopes and goodwill of his country-men as well as many foreign friends of Indonesia to create a greater and more prosperous Indonesia, that can lift many of his poor country-men like him out of poverty.

On another level, Jokowi’s election as President is a victory for democratic principles of majority rules, fighting corruption and clean politics without smear tactics. Malaysia can learn how to conduct an election process fairly and properly that respects the principle of “one-person, one-vote, one-value” principle that abides by the decision of the majority. Democracy is not democracy when the minority rules over the majority.

Malaysians can also learn that a strong commitment to fighting corruption is essential for sustained economic growth because international markets are upgrading Indonesia due to high expectations of the anti-corruption dividends derived from having a clean government. Finally Indonesia has proven that smear tactics that attempted to destroy Jokowi’s character either that he is not a Muslim or he is subservient to non-Muslim interests do not work. Jokowi should be praised for refusing to engage in a similar smear campaign against his opponents.

For Malaysia, the immediate consideration is for Jokowi to adopt effective and concrete measures to stop the haze pollution coming in from Indonesia as a result of illegal forest burnings in Sumatera and Kalimantan by unscrupulous businessmen clearing land for oil palm estates. DAP voices the hopes of 28 million Malaysians that a keen environmentalist like Jokowi can finally break the stalemate and end the annual haze pollution that is tormenting us even now. This success would bring Indonesia and Malaysian relations to a whole new level that would accord Indonesia as the undisputed regional leader who can represent the interests of all the people in ASEAN.

LIM GUAN ENG

—-Mandarin Version —-

民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2014年7月24日在吉隆坡发表声明:

我们希望随着佐科当选新届印尼总统,他可以提出具体有效的措施,解决因苏门答腊和加里曼丹无良商人非法烧芭、开发油棕园而导致的常年性烟霾灾害。

民主行动党恭贺斗争派民主党候选人佐科当选印尼总统。出身清寒的佐科当选印尼总统,他承载着印尼人及外国朋友的希望及美好愿望,大家都希望他能引领印尼走向繁荣,协助更多像他一样出身贫穷的乡区人民摆脱贫穷。

另一方面,佐科当选印尼总统是民主、肃贪及廉洁政治的胜利。马来西亚可以向印尼学习如何进行公平、尊重“一人一票一价”的选举原则,服从大多数人。要由大多数人来服从少数人的民主不是真正的民主。

马来西亚可以学习印尼肃贪的决心,肃贪对于经济成长是至关重要的,由于国际市场对印尼廉洁政府的肃贪红利寄予厚望,他们也正在提升印尼的地位。最后,印尼也证明了那些企图诬蔑佐科“不是穆斯林或只为非穆斯林利益效劳”、对他进行人格谋杀的伎俩行不通。佐科拒绝这种诽谤对手的做法,应该受到表扬。

对马来西亚而言,佐科当务之急应该是提出具体有效的措施,解决因苏门答腊和加里曼丹无良商人非法烧芭开发油棕园而导致的常年性烟霾灾害。民主行动党及2800万马来西亚人民希望像佐科这样的环保分子可以打破僵局,结束常年、甚至现在正困扰我们的烟霾问题。如果成功解决这项问题,印尼和马来西亚的关系将进入新的阶段,也能让印经成为无争议性的区域领袖,代表东盟全体人民的利益。

林冠英

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