DAP Merdeka Message(e/c)

DAP Merdeka Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 31.8.2016.

Malaysians Should Unite Around Defending Federal Constitution To Preserve The Character And Identity Of Merdeka, Where Our Country Was Founded On The Fundamental Basis Of Rule of Law.

Malaysians should unite around defending the Federal Constitution to preserve the character and identity of Merdeka, where our country was founded on the fundamental basis of rule of law. The Federal Constitution provided for rule of law through the principle of separation of powers by establishing the three institutions of Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary.

If there are any changes, then the Federal Constitution has to be amended by a 2/3 majority. Over the last 59 years, the Executive has concentrated its powers, especially in the person of the Prime Minister, by using its brute majority to amend the Federal Constitution as it wishes. Both institutions of Parliament and the Judiciary has been subsumed to the Executive with The Lord President or Chief Justice of the judiciary sacked and Parliament reduced to a mere rubber-stamp to allow fundamental freedoms and basic human rights to be trampled and violated.

However we may strenuously object to the erosion of fundamental rights, at least the form of the Federal Constitution was observed when such oppressive laws were passed through Constitutional amendments with a 2/3 majority. Unfortunately, since BN lost its 2/3 majority in the 2008 general elections, BN has resorted to unconstitutional means of passing unconstitutional laws not by 2/3 majority but as ordinary laws with a simple majority.

The National Security Council Act(NSC) is a classic example where the powers of the Rulers under Parliament were taken away by passing it as ordinary legislation with a simple majority. The NSC should be passed as an amendment to the Federal Constitution.

Similarly, the proposed “hudud-like” bill by PAS, with full support from UMNO and BN, should be tabled as a constitutional amendment that requires a 2/3 majority and not as an ordinary legislation requiring only a simple majority. All the BN component parties have abdicated their basic responsibility and betrayed their fundamental trust to the rakyat, by continuing to align, support and back UMNO, despite UMNO continuing such unconstitutional acts.

No wonder global corruption scandals like 1MDB can be supported by these BN Ministers who think nothing of selling out the rights of our children. BN Ministers are willing to abandon the country’s future for the perks and privileges of office. Only ordinary Malaysians can save our country, so that our children and grandchildren can live in a country that we still recognise as Malaysia – free from corruption and oppression as well as still free for all Malaysians whether in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah or Sarawak.
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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2016年8月31日在吉隆坡发表独立日献词:

马来西亚人应该团结一致捍卫宪法,保留我国独立的个性及身分,那就是我们的国家是在法治基础上建立起来的。

马来西亚人应该团结一致捍卫宪法,保留我国独立的个性及身分,那就是我们的国家是在法治基础上建立起来的。联邦宪法确立通过三大机关即国会、行政单位及司法单位三权分立的法治精神。

如果要进行任何修正,联邦宪法必须通过三分之二大多数国会议员通过。过去59年,行政单位集权化,特别是首相一个人,常常滥用国会三分之二多数票随心所欲地修改联邦宪法。国会和司法两大权力屈服于行政单位,大法官被开除、国会被削减权力变成橡皮盖章,纵容了基本人权和自由不断地被践踏。

但是,我们可以致力地反对基本权利被侵蚀,当国会利用三分二多数票修改宪法、通过压迫性法律,至少联邦宪法受到遵从。不幸地是,国阵在2008年失去国会三分之二议席后,国阵采用了不符合宪法的手段,用通过普通法律的方式,以简单多数票通过不符宪法精神的法律。

国家安全理事会法令是一个典型的例子,统治者在国会里的权力被取消,国会只以简单多数票来通过。国家安全理事会应该以修正联邦宪法的方式寻求通过。

同样地,在伊斯兰党提出类似伊刑法的法案时,获得巫统及国阵的支持,这条法案应该以修正联邦宪法的方式,寻求国会三分二的通过,而不是把它当成简单法律,只要求简单多数票通过。尽管巫统继续不符合宪法的行为 ,所有的国阵成员党放弃了他们的基本责任、背弃了人民对他们的信任,继续与巫统同流合污、支持巫统。

难怪全球丑闻一马机构获得这些国阵部长的支持,他们只会出卖我们孩子的权利。国阵部长甚至愿意为了官职俸禄,抛弃国家的前途。只有马来西亚普通老百姓可以拯救我们的国家,好让我们的子子孙孙可以在这个我们还认得的马来西亚继续生活—这个国家应该是免于贪污、免于压迫,让全体国民不论是马来半岛、沙巴或砂拉越的人民都能享有自由权利。

林冠英

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