TTF: Lim Kit Siang claimed today that he was the victim of UMNO’s brand of fake news (see news item below). According to him, UMNO has for decades accused him of being anti-Malay and anti-Islam while the MCA accused him of being anti-Chinese.
To this, I have two things to say:
1. I think the senior Lim ought to be focusing on his psyco-neurotic son who’s probably the mother of all fake news. Last Thursday, The Third Force lodged a report with the MCMC by submitting some samples of the countless publications bordering on sedition, libel and fake news that Lim Guan Eng has either authored or hosted in the Penang State Government’s official newsletter (Buletin Mutiara) and his official page on Facebook.
2. Lim Kit Siang is positively anti-Malay and anti-Islam. Not too long ago, I had this to say (in orange):
Kit Siang has been against the right of Muslims to embrace the full scope of the Islamic Syaria for decades. Over the years, he made countless attempts to turn the Chinese against the Islamic Syaria, impressing upon them that UMNO was bent on Islamizing every faculty within its span of control. There are several instances in history to help me drive this point through.
One in particular is the Private Member’s Bill Kit Siang introduced to Parliament on the 20th of June 1980. On that day, the senior Lim moved that the Dewan Rakyat grant him leave to introduce the Education (Amendment) Act 1980, providing for the repeal of Clause 21(2) of the Education Act 1961.
The clause reads:
Where at any time the Minister is satisfied that a National-type primary school may suitably be converted into a National primary school, he may direct that the school shall become a National primary school.
The senior Lim insisted that by repealing the clause, the government would prove its sincerity in accepting Chinese and Tamil primary schools as “an integral and eternal part of the national education system.”
However, when his attempts to coerce the then premier, Tun Hussein Onn, to support his proposals failed, he became persistent and relentless with attacks against the government by invoking Islamophobia. The senior Lim began to imply that the government was playing pucks with the minds of the Chinese and soon-to-be-voters by Islamising education in local Universities.
In a forum held at Universiti Malaya on the 24th of November in 1984, Kit Siang openly accused the Mahathir administration of attempting to Islamise the economy, education, administration and “other spheres of national life” (without presenting evidence to justify his claims).
“The UMNO in government appears more concerned about competing with PAS which wants an all-out Islamic state, then in holding firm by the constitutional provision of Malaysia as a secular and multi-religious nation,” he said.
Reading between the lines, you will see how he invoked fear among the Chinese with the idea that UMNO was attempting to indoctrinate Islamic values into mainstream policies. Two years on, he repeated some of these claims at Universiti Sains Malaysia, adding that there was a conscious attempt by the government to force Islam upon non-Muslims.
“Recently, there have been a spate of under-aged non-Muslims being forced to convert to Islam, and forcedly taken away from their homes and parents. I do not believe that there is any religious in the world advocates the break-up of the family ties and family unit, for in Eastern society, to family unit is the integral unit of society. Of family unit is destroyed, society is also destroyed.”
Again, no evidence was ever presented to substantiate these claims.
On the 8th of August 2011, his blog hosted an article, an excerpt from which reads as follows:
“I am equally alarmed at the current intellectual fad of “Islamisation” of knowledge, that is, the attempt to put an Islamic imprint on all disciplines, especially the natural sciences. Invariably it means the adulteration of science. Thus we have Islamic “scientists” who have never seen, let alone used, a test tube.”
These are but a few examples to demonstrate just how consistently biased Kit Siang has been against the Malays and Islam. UMNO is not disseminating fake news or making up stories about the senior Lim. All it is doing is protecting the religion of Islam from threats posed by people like him whose poisonous tongues serve only to stir unrest and turn the Chinese against the Malays, and ultimately, Islam.
KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Kit Siang has claimed to be a victim of Umno’s brand of “fake news” for decades, and that the ruling Malay party has consistently spread lies about him and the DAP to scare off voters.
In a statement, Lim said that the government’s current preoccupation with fake news is not so much about a campaign against lies and inaccuracies, but to create a situation whereby it will be able to “concoct and peddle” fake news with impunity.
“I have myself been a victim of Umno/BN ‘fake news’ for the last four decades — Umno leaders accused me of being anti-Malay and anti-Islam while MCA leaders accuse me of being anti-Chinese and sold out the rights of the Chinese to the Malays!” Lim said.
The DAP parliamentary leader said he has also been accused for wanting to do away with Islam as the official religion and bring about a Christian Malaysia.
“How is this possible when I am not even a Christian beggars belief. DAP’s position on Islam as the official religion is clear and unequivocal, as we have many a time expressed full support for the basic constitutional provisions in the country,” Lim said.
The Gelang Patah MP also claimed that Umno’s main objective is to instill fear among the Malays, by propagating claims that the community would lose all their rights if Umno is defeated in the 14th general election.
Lim said that Malays will not lose political power no matter what happens to Umno, as there are currently 114 Malay-majority seats out of 165 parliamentary seats, and according to official statistics, the percentage of Malays in the country is increasing.
The federal government has set up a special committee to study the introduction of a new law to combat the spread of misinformation under the guise of “news”, which it said can threaten political stability, the multicultural country’s racial and religious harmony, and public order.
The Cabinet is expected to discuss the proposal again before it decides whether or not to table the draft at the current Dewan Rakyat sitting, seen as the last before Parliament is dissolved to pave the way for general elections this year.
Source: The Malay Mail Online