To Be An Effective Minister With Integrity, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor Must Come Clean On His Role In The V.K. Lingam Judicial Appointments Scandal (en/cn)

Press Statement by the DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 12 June 2013:

To Be An Effective Minister With Integrity, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor Must Come Clean On His Role In The V.K. Lingam Judicial Appointments Scandal Where He Was Found By The Royal Commission of Inquiry to Have Conspired with Datuk VK Lingam and Tan Sri Vincent Tan to Subvert the Federal Constitution by Fixing the Appointment of Judges

Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, having been found by a Royal Commission of Inquiry to have conspired with Datuk VK Lingam and Tan Sri Vincent Tan to subvert the Federal Constitution by fixing the appointment of judges must come clean of his role in conspiring with Lingam.

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DAP expresses shock at the threat by outgoing Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to boycott the swearing-in of PR MPs so that they will lose their eligibility as parliamentarians resulting in a by-election. (en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On11.6.2013.

DAP expresses shock at the threat by outgoing Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to boycott the swearing-in of PR MPs so that they will lose their eligibility as parliamentarians resulting in a by-election. Under Article 59(2) of the federal constitution, any elected representative who fails to take the oath within six months will be disqualified automatically and his or seat shall be vacant.

The role of the Speaker of the House is to conduct parliamentary business impartially and should not partake or interfere in political matters. It is most unbecoming of any Speaker and he has no right to boycott any parliamentarian or deliberately cause his or her disqualification by boycotting or refusing to swear him or her in. I hope that this is only a joke by Tan Sri Pandikar or else there will be serious doubts on his intentions and impartiality when he presides over Parliament.

DAP 38 MPs will neither boycott the Dewan Rakyat’s swearing-in ceremony of Members of Parliament on 24 June 2013 nor its parliamentary sittings but will use the legislative process to press for polls reform, particularly adhering to the democratic principle of “one-person, one-vote, one-value”. Boycotting the swearing-in of MPs will not be seen as a “symbolic gesture” or a bold step to protest against the stolen general elections when PR can make the point more effectively with nation-wide peaceful protest rallies.

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How Can There Be Credible Polls Reforms When Both The EC Chair And Deputy Chair Remains? (en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 10.6.2013.

If Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam can contradict Election Commission(EC) Chair Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof’s claims that the EC consulted the Health Ministry regarding the safety of the indelible ink, how can there be credible polls reforms when both the EC Chair and Deputy Chair remains? And yet Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof still insists that he has consulted with the Health Ministry regarding the safety of indelible ink used at the May 5 general election contrary to Dr S Subramaniam’s statement that the Health Ministry had issued no such report.

Tan Sri Abdul Aziz had previously told the Straits Times of Singpore in a May 12 interview that the Health Ministry had advised against adding more than one percent of silver nitrate to the ink, which would have made the ink last. The EC was indirectly blaming the Health Ministry for refusing to allow an extra 1% of silver nitrate and causing EC to waste RM6 million on purchasing the indelible ink fiasco that could be easily washed off.

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Necessity Of Establishing The IPCMC Has International Relevance Following The Death Of A Japanese Detainee (en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Penang On 9.6.2013.

Necessity Of Establishing The Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Has International Relevance Following The Death Of A Japanese Detainee In Order To Gain Public Confidence That There Are No Abuses Of Power Or Torture In Custodial Deaths.

The necessity to establish the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) has international relevance following the death of a Japanese detainee in order to gain public confidence that there are no abuses of power or torture in custodial deaths. The death of aJapanese man who was found hanged at the grille of his lock-up cell at a Subang Jaya police station early Saturday, is the fourth custodial death in 2 weeks.

This international dimension of the tragedy of custodial deaths prevalent in Malaysia has clearly tarnished Malayisa’s international reputation and smeared the image of Malaysia’s police force, new Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

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4 Challenges For Sarawak DAP In The 2015 State General Elections (en/cn)

Speech By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng During The Sarawak DAP State Ordinary Convention In Kuching On 9.6.2013.

4 Challenges For Sarawak DAP In The 2015 State General Elections

1. First of all, I would like to congratulate Saudara Wong Ho Leng and acknowledge his leadership in once again breaking new ground for DAP in Sarawak in the recently concluded 13th General Elections.

2. DAP Sarawak followed up its historic 2011 Sarawak State elections performance, where we won 12 out of the 15 Pakatan state seats, by winning 5 out of the 6 Pakatan parliamentary seats in the 13th GE.

3. A most remarkable victory was achieved in the Sibu parliamentary constituency, where our Saudara Oscar Ling, achieved the seemingly impossible by increasing our winning majority from 398 in the 2010 by-election to 2,841! Not only did he increase our winning majority more than 7 fold, he did this against Lau Lee Ming, a Temenggong, no less, and also a family member of the powerful KTS group in Sibu.

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Malaysians Have No Faith In Paul Low’s Long-Term Solutions Or Paradigm Shifts To Fight Corruption (en/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 8 June 2013.

Malaysians Have No Faith In Paul Low’s Long-Term Solutions Or Paradigm Shifts To Fight Corruption When He Refuses To Fully Commit To Implement Institutional Changes Such As Setting Up The Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) To Prevent Custodial Deaths, Implement Public Declaration Of Assets By Government Leaders And Open Competitive Tenders.

Paul Low can not blame Malaysians for thinking that all his rhetoric about transparency and accountability are merely “cosmetic changes” when he has changed his tune from his position as Transparency International Malaysia Chairman calling for open competitive tenders and public declaration of assets by government Ministers. As long as Paul Low is willing to commit himself to the institutional changes mentioned, then the people are willing to give him not just 100 days but 100 weeks. Of course Paul Low has to resign if they are not fulfilled.

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DAP Will Establish “Ubah Networks” Overseas To Reach Out And Articulate The Concerns Of Overseas Malaysians(en/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 7 June 2013.

DAP Will Establish “Ubah Networks” Overseas To Reach Out And Articulate The Concerns Of Overseas Malaysians, Appoint DAP Vice-Chair Teresa Kok As Selangor Government Political Liasion Officer, And The 3 Selangor State Government PR Leadership Council Members for DAP Are Tony Pua, Teng Chang Khim And Gobind Singh Deo.

DAP will establish “Ubah Networks” overseas to reach out and articulate the concerns of overseas Malaysians, appoint DAP Vice-Chair Teresa Kok as Selangor Government Political Liasion Officer, and the 3 Selangor State Government PR Leadership Council Members for DAP Are Tony Pua, Teng Chang Khim and Gobind Singh Deo. This was decided at the DAP Central Executive Committee meeting on 5 June 2013.

The meeting focused on the relentless attacks by the Registrar of Society(ROS) in complicity with the BN-controlled media especially New Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia to demonise the DAP with lies of irregularities and illegalities in DAP’s National Congress to set the ground for deregistering the DAP. The DAP CEC unreservedly condemns BN for framing up a lie that no notice was sent to over 700 delegates when all notices were sent.

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DAP Will Fight In Court For Malaysians Overseas Whose Passports Were Revoked By The BN Federal Government Because Of Political Involvement In Opposing The Corruption And Abuse Of Power Of BN.(en/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng and MP for Bagan in Kuala Lumpur on 5 June 2013.

DAP will fight in court for Malaysians overseas whose passports were revoked by the BN Federal government because of political involvement in opposing the corruption and abuse of power of BN. DAP will not stand idly by and watch Malaysians persecuted and victimised merely for exercising their fundamental human rights of expressing their political beliefs.

According to news reports, Immigration Director-General Datuk Alias Ahmad has confirmed that the Immigration Department would revoke the passports of 6,564 Malaysians who have been blacklisted for tarnishing the image of the country overseas, including those who took part in demonstrations overseas. Alias had earlier denied a Malay daily report quoting him as citing Section 8 of the Immigration Act 1959/63 or the Passports Act 1966 to support the decision to cancel the passports of blacklisted Malaysians.

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Malaysia Should Not Follow The Singaporean Model To Regulate Online Portals Because This Violates The Malaysia MSC Bill Of Guarantees That There Will Be No Internet Censorship.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 4.6.2013.

Malaysia should not follow the Singaporean model to regulate online portals because this violates the Malaysia MSC Bill of Guarantees that there will be no internet censorship. DAP regrets that newly-minted Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek is starting off his tenure by breaking BN’s earliest promise of not censoring the internet in wanting to regulate online portals. Where is BN’s “Janji ditepati”?

Ahmad Shabery should be granting freedom to the media and the press instead of trying to further choke off any limited space of press freedom found in the internet. Why should Malaysia follow Singapore in regulating online portals when Singapore performed worse than Malaysia in press freedom?

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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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UMNO’s Refusal To Be A Single Party That Is Inclusive or Multi-racial But Instead Insist On Clinging To A Single Racist Entity Spells The Death Sentence On Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s 1Malaysia.(en/bm/cn)

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

UMNO’s refusal to be a single party that is inclusive or multi-racial but instead insist on clinging to a single racist entity spells the death sentence on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s 1Malaysia. For UMNO Information chief and Deputy Minister Ahmad Maslan to say that it is impossible for UMNO to be a single party for all Malaysians proves that UMNO is committed to dividing Malaysians by race to maintain their hold on power.

For the past 50 years BN, UMNO, MCA and MIC have divided Malaysians by race to justify their excesses and abuses of power, especially corruption, crony capitalism and depriving or limiting the fundamental human rights. Despite BN’s loss in the 2013 general elections, when BN lost the popular vote for the first time in Malaysian history with 47% compared to PR’s 53% of the popular vote, UMNO have refused to heed the people’s rejection of racial politics.

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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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The Battered Public Credibility And Integrity Of EC Can Only Be Restored By Appointing The Chairman of The Parliamentary Select Committee’s on EC(PSC) From The Opposition, Replacing The Chairman and Deputy Chairman of EC as Well As Respecting The Principle Of “One-Person, One-Vote, One-Value”.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 2.6.2013.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s attempts to restore the battered public credibility and integrity of the EC by placing it under parliamentary oversight will not work unless it is accompanied by 3 critical success factors:-
• Appoint an opposition member to head the bipartisan Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on EC;
• Replace the EC’s chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusuf and his deputy Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar with fresh faces that must be approved by Parliament; and
• Respect the principle of “One-Person, One-Vote, One-Value”.

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Ahmad Zahid Hamidi Should Show That He Is Fit To Be Home Minister And Heed The Angry Cries of The Wife Of N Dharmendran By Arresting And Putting Into The Lock-up The Policemen Involved In The Tragic Murder(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Gaun Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 2.6.2013.

Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar should heed the tragic, angry and plaintive cries of the wife of death in custody victim N Dharmendran that policemen linked to his death should be arrested and in the lock-up for murder instead of been given desk jobs. Why is Tan Sri Khalid suddenly so quiet and passive about this criminal act that led to another custodial death when he had threatened all sorts of action against PR leaders and law-abiding Malaysians who attended peaceful rallies seeking clean, free and fair polls reforms?

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BN Fully Responsible Over Widening Polarisation Between The Majority 51% Malaysians Behind PR And BN, With The Abuse Of Powers By Registrar Of Society, Police, Immigration Department, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission & Election Commission To Benefit BN Over Public Interests.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 1.6.2013.

BN is fully responsible over widening polarisation between the majority 51% Malaysians behind PR and BN with the abuse of powers by Registrar Of Society(ROS), Police, Immigration Department, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission & Election Commission to benefit BN over public interests. The latest action by ROS against DAP implying possible deregistration and Immigration Department’s ban of Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah from entering Sabah shows that BN is willing to abuse its powers with lies and false charges. Such oppression and injustice is divisive and will not help national reconciliation but instead harm national unity.

DAP condemns Registrar of Societies (ROS) director Abdul Rahman Othman for making outright lies that over 700 DAP delegates were denied their right to vote during the party National Congress last year, because they were not notified. I have never seen a senior government servant openly lie without any sense of shame when ROS had written to us to demand evidence of notices to four DAP branches to attend the party congress – Taman Sri Sungai Pelek in Selangor, Taman Nesa in Skudai, Johor, Desa Dahlia in Seremban and Ladang Paroi, also in Negri Sembilan.

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