Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 26.12.2017.
PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s seditious and dangerous proposal of racist and extremist Malay-Muslim Cabinet line-up under a Pas-Influenced Federal government must be strongly condemned because it is not only unconstitutional but will also lead to a break-up and dissolution of Malaysia. There is no mention by Hadi of fighting corruption and financial scandals such as 1MDB or abolishing the GST that has caused so much economic hardship to the people.
Hadi’s exclusive Malay-Muslim Cabinet is clearly unconstitutional as it reduces non-Malays and non-Malay Muslims to citizens of inferior status with diminished rights. No non-Malay, non-Muslim and even the vast majority of Malay-Muslims(who are moderate) in Malaysia will accept such an extremist and racist position, that can be identified only with the Talibans.
By taking such a hard-line extremist and racist position, Hadi will not only frighten off Sabah and Sarawak, but may even lead to the break up of Malaysia as a nation into Muslim Malay sections and non-Malay Muslims, non-Malays sections. This is the type of political party that UMNO actively wants to co-operate with, because PAS is willing to overlook BN’s rampant corruption and turning Malaysia into a kleptocracy to enable PAS to pursue such racist and extremist objectives.
Clearly DAP took the correct position to break off with PAS leaders after the retirement of former Kelantan Menteri Besar Tok Guru Nik Aziz, whose moderate and anti-UMNO position was replaced by Hadi’s extremist, racist and pro-unity government with UMNO. DAP is willing to pay any political price to uphold our principles and defend the Federal Constitution by breaking off with PAS. This is unlike MCA, Gerakan and SUPP that dare not break off ties with an UMNO that sought co-operation with PAS to save UMNO’s support from the corruption and kleptocracy of 1MDB that forced the imposition of GST.
Despite such betrayal by UMNO, political parties like MCA, Gerakan and SUPP continues to stick with UMNO. Or are the perks and privileges of Ministerial office and the temptations of power at any price, worth giving up the rights of non-Malays and non-Malay Muslims or are more powerful than fundamental principles of right and wrong?
LIM GUAN ENG