Halimah Yacob Has Succeeded For Singapore Where Even The United States Failed In Electing The First Woman President(e/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 12.9.2017.

DAP congratulates Halimah Yacob in being elected to Singapore’s highest office, as its first ever woman President. She has succeeded for Singapore where even the United States failed in electing a woman President.

Apart from breaking the glass ceiling for women, she is also a Malay and Muslim, a minority in Singapore. She also wears a tudung(hijab) without any restriction. This augurs well both for inclusion and diversity, granting equal opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, gender or background.

In congratulating Halimah Yacob, DAP hopes that this statement is not misconstrued by racists and religious extremists from certain political parties, that DAP is lobbying for non-Muslims to hold the highest office in Malaysia such as the Prime Minister. Nothing can be further from the truth,

No non-Malay or non-Muslim leader has ever sought the post of the Prime Minister. Instead DAP has always supported Malay Muslim leaders with a proven record of working together and treating minority ethnic groups and non-Muslims with respect and dignity. It is for this reason that DAP would refuse co-operation and fight racist and extremist political parties that would want to brand non-Muslims as second or third-class citizens, not deserving even of respect as a citizen of Malaysia.

LIM GUAN ENG

民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2017年9月12日在吉隆坡发表文告:

美国做不到的,新加坡办到了!恭喜哈莉玛成为新加坡史上第一个女总统。

民主行动党至诚恭贺哈莉玛,当选为新加坡史上第一个女总统。美国做不到的,新加坡现在办到了,成功选出他们的第一个女总统。

除了为女性撑开一片天以外,哈莉玛同时也是一名巫裔及穆斯林,即新加坡的少数族群。她可以戴上头巾,没有人可以予以阻拦。这在在显示出新国的包容与多样性,不管种族、宗教、性别或背景为何,都会提供同等的机会。

民主行动党恭喜哈莉玛,希望这份文告不会又被一些有心的种族主义与宗教极端政党曲解行动党为要让非穆斯林掌握诸如大马首相最高权位的政党,真的就是假不了。

没有一位非巫裔或非穆斯林曾经当过首相这个职位。相反的行动党向来支持能与少数族群及非穆斯林合作、公平对待各族群及尊重各族群尊严的巫裔穆斯林领袖。因此民主行动党拒绝与种族主义极端政治政党合作,因为他们标签非穆斯林为二等或三等公民,甚至不配当大马公民。

林冠英

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