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Malaysians Must Resist Any Socio-Political Engineering Efforts To Change Our Behaviourial Template From Moderation To Extremism, Moving From Results To Racism And The Dangerous Ideology of Special Privileges That Includes The Right To Be Corrupt And To Bully Minorities Or Abuse Basic Human Rights

2014 DAP Deepavali Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 18.10.2014

Malaysians Must Resist Any Socio-Political Engineering Efforts To Change Our Behaviourial Template From Moderation To Extremism, Moving From Results To Racism And The Dangerous Ideology of Special Privileges That Includes The Right To Be Corrupt And To Bully Minorities Or Abuse Basic Human Rights.

Malaysians must resist any socio-political engineering efforts to change our behavioral template from moderation to extremism, moving from results to racism and the dangerous ideology of special privileges that includes the right to be corrupt and to bully minorities or abuse basic human rights. The proponents of these socio-political engineers are supporters of the ruling status quo but they spread a dangerous ideology of hostility towards diversity that directly threatens the peace and harmony of our multi-religious and multi-cultural nation.

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DAP’s Opposition To Implementing Hudud Is Consistent Not Only Before But Also Now, Not Only In Penang But Also Throughout Malaysia, Not Only Against PAS But Also Against UMNO, Not Against Islam But Against An Unconstitutional Act.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Penang On 15.5.2014.

DAP’s opposition to implementing hudud is consistent not only before but also now, not only in Penang but also throughout Malaysia, not only against PAS but also against UMNO, not against Islam but against an unconstitutional act. Following my unanswered challenge that other state governments should follow my announcement as Penang Chief Minister that hudud not be implemented in Penang, DAP regrets the lies by MCA in claiming that DAP opposes implementing hudud only in Penang but not in Malaysia.

DAP opposes the joint technical committee on hudud set up by Putrajaya and the Kelantan state government to study the implementation of hudud in Kelantan. Why has MCA not dared to convey their objections to UMNO, especially the failure of MCA President Liow Tiong Lai to raise this personally with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when Liow attended the UMNO 68th Anniversary celebrations in Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur last Sunday.

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MCA Deputy President Wee Ka Siong is confused or trying to have the best of both worlds after falsely blaming Chinese Malaysiakini for “twisting” his earlier remark(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 9.5.2014.

MCA Deputy President Wee Ka Siong is confused or trying to have the best of both worlds after falsely blaming Chinese Malaysiakini for “twisting” his earlier remark that he did not say that MCA will leave BN but will only review the party’s position if Umno supports hudud. However, Chinese Malaysiakini never twisted what Wee had said and reported correctly that Wee had said that a review of MCA’s position in BN did not mean that MCA would withdraw from BN.

Unfortunately no one understands Wee twisted logic, because there is no point in reviewing MCA’s position in BN if it does not mean that MCA would withdraw from BN. How can Wee say his “conscience is clear” when his illogical reasoning makes his political motives so unprincipled? Clearly Wee is consistent by following MCA President Liow Tiong Lai’s double-standards of “saying one thing but does another” when MCA defends UMNO for supporting the implementation of hudud in Kelantan and yet opposes PAS for doing exactly the same thing.

Wee should also explain why should MCA go back into Cabinet now when Wee is talking about review when UMNO has flip-flopped its position from opposing the implementation of hudud to fully supporting PAS implementing hudud in Kelantan?

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DAP Dares To Criticise PAS But MCA Dares Not Scold UMNO: Is MCA So Hard-up For Government Posts That MCA Dares Not Scold UMNO For Instigating PAS To Implement Hudud On Muslims In Kelantan?(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 4.5.2014.

Is MCA so hard-up for government posts that MCA dares not scold UMNO for instigating PAS to implement hudud on Muslims in Kelantan? Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak stated today that he will decide on the right time for MCA to rejoin cabinet following MCA’s special resolution in February 2014 to disavow and repudiate MCA’s own 2013 general election promise not to accept any government posts.

Clearly the fear of not getting any government posts from Najib has caused MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai to panic and not scold UMNO Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom for instigating PAS in Parliament on March 27 to implement hudud on Muslims in Kelantan. Unlike MCA’s reflex submissiveness to UMNO, DAP had publicly criticised PAS for falling into UMNO’s trap to work with UMNO to implement hudud in Kelantan.

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Prime Minister Must Intervene To Protect Women’s Safety From Physical Harm And Dignity By Directing The Police To Punish And Stop Political Gangsters, Who Shamed Malaysia With Language And Conduct Of Violence Against Teresa Kok(en/cn)

2014 DAP Woman’s Day Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 7.3.2014.

The Prime Minister must personally direct the Home Ministry and the police to respect women by acting sternly, speedily and relentlessly against political gangsters who recklessly denigrate women with derogatory insults or threaten them not only with violence but choose to carry them out. As Malaysia celebrates International Women’s Day, this important occasion is marred by the violent act in Sama Gagah, Permatang Pauh in Penang when an unidentified man attacked Seputih MP Teresa Kok with an egg after she finished her ceramah.

DAP is dismayed and angered by this attack and strongly condemns those involved whether directly attacking her or indirectly attacking her by offering RM 1,200 to anyone who slapped her. Even though Teresa was uninjured when the egg smashed into her hand, this cowardly attack is unprecedented because of the inaction by the police and the authorities against UMNO supporters who had earlier offered the RM 1,200 bounty.

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Cease The Victimisation Of National Laureate Pak Samad Said for “The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword”.(en/bm)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 7.9.2013

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should cease the Federal government’s victimisation of National laureate A Samad Said’s alleged involvement in flying the Sang Saka Malaya flag during this year’s Merdeka Day eve celebrations. By attacking Pak Samad Said as “indecent and shameful”, Tan Sri Muhyiddin is playing both prosecutor and judge by passing judgment and sentencing all in one.

The midnight arrest of National Laureate Datuk A. Samad Said under the Sedition Act is nothing short of a shocking and high-handed abuse of power. At 1230am on 4 September 2013, police arrested Pak Samad at his home in Bangsar before bringing him for questioning at the Dang Wangi Police Station. He was released two hours later.

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DAP express disappointment at the nervous haste of Deputy Education Minister II P Kamalanathan in quickly closing the controversy of requiring non-Muslim students to use the shower room as a makeshift canteen in Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Pristana in Sungai Buloh during the fasting month of Ramadan without giving a full public explanation.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On25.7.2013.

DAP express disappointment at the nervous haste of Deputy Education Minister II P Kamalanathan in quickly closing the controversy of requiring non-Muslim students to use the shower room as a makeshift canteen in Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Pristana in Sungai Buloh during the fasting month of Ramadan without giving a full public explanation. The parents of 1,300 students in the school, including the 28 non-Muslim students, want an answer to the inconsistencies and self-contradictions in facts and events, and all Malaysians want the truth and nothing but the truth to be revealed before they are convinced by Kamalanathan’s claims that this is not an issue related to race or religion.

Such nervous hastiness in closing the controversy will be seen as a cover-up unless Kamalanathan can explain why the parents were not informed since March this year that the canteen will be relocated to the shower room because of renovations. Further why were there no signs of renovation of the canteen? If Continue reading ‘DAP express disappointment at the nervous haste of Deputy Education Minister II P Kamalanathan in quickly closing the controversy of requiring non-Muslim students to use the shower room as a makeshift canteen in Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Pristana in Sungai Buloh during the fasting month of Ramadan without giving a full public explanation.(en/bm/cn)’

The BN Federal Government Should Abide By International Laws On Treatment Of Prisoners And On Humanitarian Grounds, Provide Imprisoned Hindraf Leader P Uthayakumar Full Medical Treatment And Facilities To Assure His Family That He Will Not Be Stricken By Paralysis.

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 21.7.2013.

The BN Federal government should abide by international laws on treatment of prisoners and on humanitarian grounds, provide imprisoned Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar full medical treatment and facilities to assure his family that he will not be stricken by paralysis. Uthayakumar’s wife, S Indra Devi had said that her husband is suffering from prolapsed disc, a degenerative disc disease of the spinal lumbar, which causes severe back pains.

As a former prisoner in Kajang Prison, I felt sad when S Indra Devi said that “Despite four doctors saying what is happening to Uthayakumar, they have refused to give him a pillow and a chair as advised by the doctors. He is sleeping on the floor with a very thin foam mattress and is in constant pain.” This is familiar to what I had endured when I Continue reading ‘The BN Federal Government Should Abide By International Laws On Treatment Of Prisoners And On Humanitarian Grounds, Provide Imprisoned Hindraf Leader P Uthayakumar Full Medical Treatment And Facilities To Assure His Family That He Will Not Be Stricken By Paralysis.’

Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar Can Only Restore Public Confidence That He Is Not Complicit To The Many Custodial Deaths By Either Coming Clean And Give A Full Accounting Of A. Kugan And 230 Other Custodial Deaths From 2000 Until May 2013 Or Else Honourably Resign As IGP.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 28.6.2013.

Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar can only restore public confidence that he is not complicit to the many custodial deaths by either coming clean and give a full accounting of A. Kugan and 230 other custodial deaths from 2000 until May 2013 or else honourably resign as Inspector-General Of Police(IGP)

Yesterday in a historic judgment, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled in a civil suit that Tan Sri Khalid was responsible for the death of detainee A. Kugan who was physically tortured during interrogation by police four years ago, High Court judge Datuk V. T. Singham said the IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, in allowing the negligence suit, said the injuries Kugan suffered could not have been done by one officer and that the senior officers cannot plead ignorance.

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Only The Establishment Of An Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Can Prevent Needless Custodial Deaths.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 3.6.2013.

Only the establishment of an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) can prevent needless custodial deaths following the 3rd death in the police lock-up in 11 days. Karuna Nithi’s death 2 days ago in Tampin police lock-up brings to three the number of recent mortalities among suspects while under police custody. Before that, was the death of R James Ramesh in a Penang police lockup on May 26 and the brutal killing of N Dhamendran with 52 injuries, while in a KL police headquarters lockup on May 21.

The number of custodial deaths since 2000 is 219, a shocking figure that is sure to rise without any safeguards and preventive mechanism such as the IPCMC. There is no reason why the BN Federal government refuses such oversight of the police when it is recommended in 2005 by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Police.

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Protecting our children to prepare them for the future

Speech By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng During The Penang Institute Forum “Protecting Our Children: Evaluating Statutory Rape” On 2 June 2013 (Sunday) At Wawasan Open University, Penang.

First of all I would like to congratulate the Penang Institute for yet again hosting a forum on a crucial issue facing us as a society. Today, we will discuss the issue of statutory rape. But more importantly, we want to discuss and take urgent action to protect our little ones and create a safe nest for our children so that they will grow up in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment.

For those of us who are parents, we put our lives into our children, aspiring them to grow up to fulfil their destined potentials. It therefore pains us to see the atrocities committed on children from child abuse to sexual crimes. Thus, while the issue of statutory rape is a national issue, Penang wants to take the lead in both the discussion as well as to explore critical and urgent action plans to tackle the problem.

Contrary to popular belief, statutory rape cases are not isolated cases. According to a recent media report quoting Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Aziz, there were 6,000 statutory rape cases reported in the last five years.

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Paul Low Has Broken His Promise Of Supporting The Recommendation Of The Royal Commission of Inquiry Of Setting Up An Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Komtar, George Town On 31.5.2013.

Paul Low Has Broken His Promise Of Supporting The Recommendation Of The Royal Commission of Inquiry Of Setting Up An Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Which Is Superior To The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) That Has Proven To Be A Complete Waste Of Public Funds In Spending RM14 Million For Issuing Two Warnings And One Disciplinary Action.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low’s latest statement in which he claims that there is no need to form the IPCMC as there is already an existing mechanism to lodge complaints against the police is both hypocritical and irresponsible. According to Low, the government already has the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC), an independent oversight body on law enforcement agencies, which also looks into complaints into misconduct by police officers.

Firstly, this statement is hypocritical because Datuk Low had himself criticised the failure of the government to implement the IPCMC. As the then-President of Transparency International Malaysia, Datuk Low told a press conference after presenting the 2009 Global Corruption Report that the watering down of the proposed IPCMC into a special complaints commission “strongly indicates the government’s inability to regulate the gatekeepers”.

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Police Must Act Against Thugs Who Tried To Disrupt The Right Of Malaysians To Hold A Candlelight Vigil Demanding The Release Of Student Adam Adli Abdul Hamid.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 21.5 2013

Police Must Act Against Thugs Who Tried To Disrupt The Right Of Malaysians To Hold A Candlelight Vigil Demanding The Release Of Student Adam Adli Abdul Hamid.

Police must act against thugs who tried to disrupt the right of Malaysians to hold a candlelight vigil demanding the release of student Adam Adli Abdul Hamid. A group of pro-BN supporters physically manhandled the candlelight vigil, attended by some 30 people in front of Universiti Sains Malaysia that included two journalists Malaysiakini Low Chia Ming and Nanyang Siang Pau Brian Lai.

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BN Practices Selective Prosecution, Double Standards And Even Outright Racism By Not Taking Court Action Against Extremist Perkasa Members Who Burnt Or Stepped On My Portrait Outside My Office In Komtar And Even Performed Funeral Rites On My Portrait Outside My House.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 3.9.2012.

BN Practices Selective Prosecution, Double Standards And Even Outright Racism By Not Taking Court Action Against Extremist Perkasa Members Who Burnt Or Stepped On My Portrait Outside My Office In Komtar And Even Performed Funeral Rites On My Portrait Outside My House.

DAP strongly disapproves the act of a few individuals who stepped on pictures of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak in Dataran Merdeka during the Merdeka eve celebration in Kuala Lumpur. However, if Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein can promise that the Home Ministry will act decisively and expedite the legal process on the perpetrators of the provocative act, will the same action be taken against BN supporters who commit such acts on pictures of PR leaders?

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All BN MPs Must Prove Their Sincerity By Immediately Apologising For Their Complicity In Passing Section 114A Of The Evidence Act By Revoking Not Reviewing It At The Coming Parliamentary Meeting(en/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 15.8.2012

All BN MPs Must Prove Their Sincerity By Immediately Apologising For Their Complicity In Passing Section 114A Of The Evidence Act By Revoking Not Reviewing It At The Coming Parliamentary Meeting Beginning On 24 September 2012 Or Risk Being Exposed As Political Fraudsters To Deceive The Voters During The Coming General Elections.

Last night, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak tweeted that he has asked the Cabinet to review the controversial Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950. This is another back-flip by Najib and his BN government seeking to reverse what is undoubtedly a grievous error that is unjust and irrational piece of legislation following outrage and popular protest by civil society movements and opposition parties.

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