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The Police Have To Be Fully Responsible For Their Failure To Either Prevent Racial Tensions Or Violence Or For Failing To Ensure The Personal And Physical Safety Of Teresa Kok.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 7.2.2014.

DAP condemns in the strongest possible terms the outrageous act by pro-UMNO groups at Kuala Lumpur yesterday in encouraging criminal acts of violence against a woman by offering to give RM 1,200 to any person who can film DAP National Vice-Chair and MP for Seputih Teresa Kok being slapped and also urging that non-Malays not fluent in Malay be expelled from the country. These pro-UMNO groups dare to provoke criminal wrongdoings because the practice of double-standards and politicisation of police and prosecution powers have allowed these pro-UMNO groups to escape unpunished whilst the opposition are victimised for offences they did not commit.

DAP is concerned for Teresa’s safety and will make necessary arrangements with her consent to ensure maximum protection from her. However no protection is full-proof when dealing with racists and fanatics who will do anything for monetary gain.

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UMNO Should Not Politicise The Recent Incidents In Penang By Blaming It On The Opposition Parties, When It Is UMNO That Plays The Fires Of Racial And Religious Hatred, Unlike The Opposition’s Focus On Price Hikes In Sugar, Petrol, Power Tarrifs and Highway Tolls.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 29.1.2014.

DAP condemns UMNO for trying to politicise the recent incidents in Penang with its statements blaming it on the opposition parties, when it is UMNO that plays the fires of racial and religious hatred, unlike the opposition’s focus on price hikes in sugar, petrol, power tarrifs and highway toll.

I wish to remind UMNO that the Penang state government had never organised any demonstrations. The Penang state government was even severely criticised when we advised an anti-price hike demonstration by NGOs to be postponed after the Chinese New Year.

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Investigating A Catholic Priest For Sedition Without Investigating The Racist And Extremist Provocateurs Preaching Religious And Racial Hatred on non-Muslims and non-Malays Is A Gross Violation Of The Spirit And Letter Of The Fundamental Right In The Federal Constitution Of Freedom To Profess One’s Religion.

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 8.1.2014.

DAP expresses grave concern and disappointment at the police action of investigating the editor of the Catholic weekly Herald, Father Lawrence Andrew under section 4 the 1948 Sedition Act, for saying that the word Allah will continue to be used in Bahasa Malaysia services in churches in Selangor. Investigating a Catholic priest for sedition without investigating the racist and extremist provocateurs preaching religious and racial hatred on non-Muslims andnon-Malays is a gross violation of the spirit and letter of the fundamental right in the Federal Constitution of freedom to profess one’s religion.

Andrew had even showed an ancient manuscript dated back to 1905, which was written in old Malay and showed reporters the sections containing the word “Allah”. Will this ancient manuscript which has heritage value would also be seized by by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais), which provoked international Continue reading ‘Investigating A Catholic Priest For Sedition Without Investigating The Racist And Extremist Provocateurs Preaching Religious And Racial Hatred on non-Muslims and non-Malays Is A Gross Violation Of The Spirit And Letter Of The Fundamental Right In The Federal Constitution Of Freedom To Profess One’s Religion.’

Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin Should Recant His Provocative Support For UMNO Selangor’s Proposed Demonstrations Outside Catholic Churches On Sunday And Sanctioning The Forcible Extension And Compulsion Of Islamic Laws On Non-Muslims.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 6.1.2014.

Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin Should Recant His Provocative Support For UMNO Selangor’s Proposed Demonstrations Outside Catholic Churches On Sunday And Sanctioning The Forcible Extension And Compulsion Of Islamic Laws On Non-Muslims.

DAP lauds the unity, harmony and genuine goodwill displayed outside the Sunday mass at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Klang, Selangor yesterday which was attended not only by nearly 1,000 Catholics but few Muslims, including social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, expressing solidarity with the Christians.

Marina pointedly said to forget about the ambitious Visit Malaysia Year, as few would want to visit a Malaysia like this where there is no moderation or is now known as a country which grabs Bibles.

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MCA, MIC And Gerakan Are A Disgrace To Their Own Community For Blindly Supporting And Working With Selangor UMNO Which Spouts Racial Hatred Against Non-Malays and Disparages The Religious Rights Of non-Muslims. (e/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 5.1.2014.

MCA, MIC and Gerakan are a disgrace to their own community for blindly supporting and working with Selangor UMNO which spouts racial hatred against non-Malays and disparages the religious rights of non-Muslims. Even though Selangor UMNO have called off their threat to hold protests outside Catholic churches during prayers on Sundays, the Selangor UMNO Chairman had threatened mega-demonstrations by Malay groups aligned with UMNO.

For the first time,there will be demonstrations outside churches on Sunday when prayers are conducted. This deliberate heightening of tensions between different faiths by UMNO is a clear attempt to divert attention away from livelihood problems faced by the rakyat caused by BN’s price hikes in sugar, petrol, power and highway tolls causing a chain reaction of price hikes for other essential services. DAP condemns UMNO for playing such racial games and the component parties in MCA, MIC and Gerakan for condoning such acts by continuing to support UMNO.

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Reducing Income Inequality, Not Creating More Millionaires, Will Help Resolve Malaysia’s 4 Real Problems And Realise The Merdeka Promise Of A Prosperous And Just Malaysia That Is Safe Clean, Green And Healthy.(en/bm/cn)

DAP 2013 Malaysia Day Message By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 15.9.2013.

As Malaysia celebrates its 50th anniversary of the formation of Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak, we must recognise the failures beneath the veneer of success. Whilst some may be blinded by the economic progress made, we must not lose sight that we have performed relatively worse than countries like South Korea and Taiwan that were poorer than us 50 years ago.

Malaysians ignore at their peril the wide disparity in infrastructure development both between and within the urban-rural divide, the income inequality and social injustices as well as the lack of empowerment and human dignity. Instead of wiping out absolute poverty such as providing basic needs of water, roads, internet connectivity and electricity in Sabah and Sarawak as well as reducing relative poverty amongst the many in the urban areas in terms of equal opportunities, the BN Federal government appears to be more interested in enriching the few.

Reducing income inequality, not creating more millionaires will help resolve Malaysia’s 4 real problems and realise the Merdeka promise of a prosperous and just Malaysia that is safe clean, green and healthy. Policy failures beget failed communities and dependant societies. The response by entrenched interests and those in power, is not to focus on the 4 real problems, but by diverting attention through raising extremist issues relating to race and religion.

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Malaysian “catharsis” Towards A People-centric Government That Respects Democracy, Truth, Freedom, Justice, Integrity And Social Welfare.(en/bm/cn)

Speech By Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng To 40 DAP MPs And State Assemblypersons Throughout Malaysia During Their Learning Tour In Penang Released In Kuala Lumpur On 13.6.2013.

Aristotle, the Greek philosopher was amongst the first to introduce the word “catharsis”, that has been defined as “a purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension”. Malaysians also have to go through this purification to being about a spiritual renewal towards a people-centric government that respects democracy, truth, freedom, justice, integrity and social welfare.

BN’s resistance towards this spiritual renewal for all Malaysias are resisted by regressive and extremist forces led by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin. Malaysian political life is dominated by Malays and DAP have never even demanded for the post of the Prime Minister or the Deputy Prime Minister. Yet Mahathir can distort the results of Election 2013 demonstrate “Chinese racism”, fanned by the DAP to ensure the community’s domination of Malaysian politics.

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Can UMNO Prove Its 1 Malaysia Credentials By Acting Against Datuk Mohd Noor For Creating Hatred, Fear And Threatening The Chinese Community To Suffer A Backlash From UMNO Malays? (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 13.5.2013.

On the 44th anniversary of the tragic May 13 riots in 1969, Malaysians continue to be reminded how they have made the right choice in the 13th General Elections to reject the racist BN and UMNO. 51% of Malaysians have chosen to support PR and reject the racist hatred of BN and UMNO, exemplified by UMNO’s paper Utusan Malaysia’s call for May 13 to be celebrated as a holy day, as if to celebrate the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of innocent Malaysians.

Even though a majority of Malaysians comprising Malays, Indians, Chinese, Kadazan and Ibans have rejected BN’s politics of hatred and fear, UMNO leaders continue to spew racial hatred towards non-Malays. Today we have the defeated UMNO candidate for Shah Alam Zulkifli Noordin lying that DAP wanted Malays to die and Lim Kit Siang caused the May 3 riots in Kuala Lumpur, even though Lim was in Sabah during the period.

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Respect for Diversity, Public Integrity And Rule of Law Is Not The Problem But The Solution Towards Realising Malaysia’s Aspirations of A Peaceful and Prosperous Developed Nation.(en/cn)

DAP Chinese New Year Message By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 11.2.2013.

The Year of the Snake will be a challenging year as it will also be a general election year that will determine not only the course of our children’s future but also the nation’s destiny. However this gives Malaysians the rare opportunity to signal clearly that respect for diversity, public integrity and rule of law is not the problem but the solution towards realising Malaysia’s aspirations of a peaceful and prosperous developed nation.

As Malaysians embrace the K-pop culture and national leaders indulge their love for PSY, we must remember that South Korea’s success is tied to these values and solution. For this reason, Malaysians must make their choice based on which party maintains consistent principles, offer people-centric policies and is competent in delivering performance.

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DAP 2013 Thaipusam Day Message

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.

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Cabinet should repudiate the irresponsible and unprofessional remarks by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail that no action will be taken against Perkasa President Datuk Ibrahim Ali (en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 24.1.13

Cabinet should repudiate the irresponsible and unprofessional remarks by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail that no action will be taken against Perkasa President Datuk Ibrahim Ali, for making the repulsive statement that the Malay version of the Bible be burned, with the flimsy excuse that the Bible had not yet been burned so where is the crime. Is the Attorney-General going to willingly let the Bible be burned first then only will he take action?

Has he not failed to do his duty to stop wrongful acts from happening?. Cabinet’s should direct Tan Sri Abdul Gani to act against Ibrahim Ali in the same manner they prosecuted DAP National Chair Karpal Singh for sedition to prove that there is no double-standards but respect for equality of the law in an impartial and fair manner. By failing to do so, Cabinet shows that it condones the Attorney-General’s refusal to act because BN continues to support Perkasa as a BN-friendly organization.

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Penang State EXCO expresses grave concern at a police report lodged by Rev John Kennady of the St Marks Anglican Church at the Butterworth police station against an anonymous pamphlet notifying that there would be a “festival” to burn Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible.(en/cn)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 23.1.2012.

At its meeting yesterday, the Penang State EXCO expresses grave concern at a police report lodged by Rev John Kennady of the St Marks Anglican Church at the Butterworth police station against an anonymous pamphlet notifying that there would be a “festival” to burn Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible this Sunday at 10 am. The notice left in the church’s letterbox, had invited the public to burn the Malay version of the Bible in front of Dewan Ahmad Badawi at the Bagan Luar municipality field in Butterworth.

The Penang state government unreservedly condemns such provocative, irresponsible and dangerous attempts to burn the Malay version of the Bible, which would also burn down the country with hatred and religious intolerance. The Penang state government urges Minister of Home Affairs Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein Onn to impose stringent measures to prevent such abhorrent and vile acts that would endanger national harmony and heighten religious tensions.

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Thai Ponggal Day Message At The New Hindu Endowment Board Office In George Town

Thai Ponggal Day Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng During The 2013 Penang Thai Ponggal Celebration At The New Hindu Endowment Board Office In George Town On 18.1.2013.

Let The Penang Hindu Endowment Board Be The Model Not Only For Indians In Other States But Also Other Marginalised Communities Such As Orang Asli, Ibans And Kadazans On How Good Governance And Integrity Can Improve Their Lives And Dignity.

The celebration of this year’s Thai Ponggal Festival at the new Hindu Endowment Board office marks another proud chapter in the development of recognition of the contributions and dignity of the Hindu community in Penang. As Thai Ponggal marks a new beginning, this new building renovated at a cost of nearly RM300,000 that marks a new beginning on how the Hindu community can prove how it can provide self-governance and manage it affairs well.

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Let Us Advance Efforts To Establish A People-Centric Government Based On Integrity That Puts People Over Profits To Put A Stop To All Future Lynas Rare Earth Plant, Automated Enforcement System(AES) And The RM 871 Billion Dirty Money Scandals. (BI/BC)

DAP 2012 Christmas Day Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 24.12.2012

Let Us Advance Efforts To Establish A People-Centric Government Based On Integrity That Puts People Over Profits To Put A Stop To All Future Lynas Rare Earth Plant, Automated Enforcement System(AES) And The RM 871 Billion Dirty Money Scandals.

Christmas celebrates the blessings of peace, prosperity, forgiveness and salvation. Similarly, a people-centric government can also bring peace and prosperity based on the principles of truth, freedom, justice, democracy and integrity.
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Reaffirmation By PAS That Implementation Of Laws Based On Islamic Principles Are Not Forcibly Imposed On Non-Muslims Will Reinforce Pakatan Rakyat’s Commitment Towards Justice For All And PAS Moderation In Upholding Freedom Of Religion.(en/cn)

DAP welcomes the statement made by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang that Islamic morality by-laws implemented by the Kota Bharu Municipal Council are not meant to be expanded and implemented on non-Muslims. Hadi was referring to the municipal summons imposed on hair-dressing shops in Kota Baru against hair-dressers who serve customers of the opposite sex, even though both are non-Muslims.

DAP welcomes such reassurances following active communication by DAP leaders over the past few days with the PAS leadership culminating in an informal meeting yesterday in Parliament House. The DAP CEC at its CEC meeting last night considers the reaffirmation by PAS that it views seriously the concerns of non-Muslim and that implementation of laws based on Islamic principles must not be forcibly imposed on non-Muslims as a positive step that will serve to reinforce Pakatan Rakyat’s commitment towards justice for all and the moderation of PAS in upholding freedom of religion.

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