Below is an article by Lim Kit Siang that was carried by Malaysiakini yesterday, the 11th of December 2017. In the article, the senior Lim took potshots at the Prime Minister before arriving at some conclusions in ways only God knows how. To allay misconceptions that may have arisen, I have taken the liberty to repost the article verbatim and weave through it responses (in blue, italic) to each claim Kit Siang made. So, without further ado, let us begin:
THE THIRD FORCE
MKini/LKS | Last month, opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail asked in Parliament why the director-general of Special Affairs Department (Jasa) is paid more than the monthly salary of ministers, including the communications and multimedia minister, to whom the Jasa director-general is supposed to be answerable to.
TTF: Let me ask you a simpler question, one that every Malaysian can relate to (instead of talking about stuff three quarters of Malaysians probably don’t even understand).
Tell me, why are school teachers paid far, far less than, say, a government medical specialist? Was the specialist not a product of the local education system, and does the teaching profession not precede the medical profession in that sense?
On that note, why do some heads of GLCs earn bigger salaries than ministers? Are they not in one way or the other answerable to some of these ministers?
Don’t ask stupid questions for the sake of asking them. We all know what your intentions are.
MKini/LKS: This answer has been given by the Jasa director-general Mohd Puad Zarkashi in his response to my criticisms of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s summing-up speech at the Umno general assembly on Saturday.
It is clear that the reason why the Jasa director-general is paid higher than a minister, including the communications and multimedia minister, to whom he is not answerable to as he is accountable only to the prime minister is that the Jasa DG must be a person who is no respector for the truth and must be in the forefront even to tell lies to defend Najib and Malaysia’s infamy and ignominy as a “global kleptocracy”.
TTF: Let me get this straight – you’re saying that the Jasa director-general is being paid a salary higher than ministers because his job is to lie on behalf of the Prime Minister? What kind of an explanation is that?
Can you defend your claim by furnishing us the black and white (which, I assure you, I’ll help publish)? If you can’t, am I wrong to say that you’re a habitual liar, that your statement reeks of slander and libel?
MKini/LKS: I agree with Puad (photo) that I am very disappointed both with Najib’s Umno presidential speech on Thursday and his winding-up speech on Saturday for three reasons:
TTF: You’ve been disappointed with every Prime Minister Malaysia has seen to date, including Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the man you accused of “Islamising every faucet of the sociopolitical and administrative strata to turn Malaysia into an Islamic State.”
Today, that man – Mahathir – is your boss.
So what’s new?
1. Spearheading the campaign of lies, fake news, false information, fear and hatred in the run-up to the 14th general election, particularly the lies that I want to be prime minister of Malaysia; that the DAP is anti-Malay and anti-Islam; that Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar Ibrahim, Wan Azizah, Muhyiddin Yassin and Mohamad Sabu are just my stooges and puppets; that “if the opposition wins… the special rights of Malays, as the original forebearers of this land, from a noble and free race, will have their pride stepped on and their (position) in the centre sold. Worse yet, they will be vagabonds, cursed and despised, until they terbangsat (become bastards) in their own homeland”.
TTF: You definitely are anti-Malay and anti-Islam.
As a matter of fact, the party you represent – which, for the record, has members and leaders referring to UMNO Malays as “Melayu Pukimak,” “Melayu bodoh” and “Metallic Black” – is positively anti-Malay and anti-Islam. You have refused to reprimand these foul-mouthed imbeciles and even defended their right to an opinion on several occasions.
Yes, both you and your party are racists.
Mahathir is your puppet, and that is a fact. You know damn well that the Agong will never consent to him being the next Prime Minister of Malaysia (READ HERE TO UNDERSTAND WHY). That is why you agreed to have him become Pakatan Harapan’s Top Dog.
You needed his resourcefulness, access to his money pot and his insights into the inner workings of UMNO to bring Barisan Nasional down. You know that should Pakatan Harapan win the election, the Agong will only consent to Muhyiddin being made Prime Minister, not Mahathir.
Malaysians are not stupid.
2. The greatest indictment, national disservice and even national betrayal of the 71st Umno general assembly was its total silence on the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal despite the fact that on the eve of the Umno general assembly, the US attorney-general Jeffs Sessions castigated Malaysia at an international forum and said that the 1MDB scandal was “kleptocracy at its worst”.
TTF: Why in blazes should Najib touch on a non-issue?
There were five agencies – bodies of statute, if you like – that investigated 1MDB and matters related to the Prime Minister. One of these agencies even involved Tony Pua, a member of your DAP. None of these agencies found the Prime Minister guilty of anything.
As a matter of fact, not a single foreign authority has found legitimate reason to investigate any 1MDB official despite all the brouhaha on your side. So tell me, who the hell are you to claim that officials from 1MDB were involved in instances of money laundering?
As per your claim that US attorney-general Jeff Sessions castigated Malaysia, readers can discover the truth on that matter by following this link – Jeff Sessions’ address was designed to protect the DoJ and shame Najib.
All I have to say is this – stop the lies, uncle Lim. We’re sick and tired of hearing them. Your comments thus far have been so shallow and disappointing, they’re not even worthy for consideration by any news portal, blog or social media site. And yet, Malaysiakini chose to publish them.
Very telling, isn’t it?
3. Despite Najib’s rhetoric of wanting Umno to rule for a thousand years, no assurance from Najib and Umno that they will ensure Malaysia will become a normal democratic country like Japan, India, South Korea, Philippines and Indonesia to uphold the democratic principle that the voters are the final arbiters of which political party or coalition would rule the country.
TTF: Najib wants UMNO to rule for a thousand years??
Hello, old man, listen up – Najib only aspires to do what is right for the country. Nothing he ever does satisfies you. When he abolished the ISA – the very ISA you spent years opposing and were even arrested under by your current boss – you refused to part with a single good word even if it were for courtesy’s sake.
Heck, you even hated his father, Tun Abdul Razak.
Back in 1971 when Razak introduced the New Economic Policy (NEP), you managed to squeeze some hurtful words through the mainstream narrative even when the NEP was designed to do what the DAP claimed it aspired to do – to help narrow the socioeconomic divide that kept the races apart.
You just hate everybody who isn’t Lim Kit Siang, don’t you?
This is why next general election will be a “battle royale” of “truth versus lies”, “the people of Malaysia versus Umno/BN”, and “No Global Kleptocracy in Malaysia versus 2MDB/3MDB/etc”.
TTF: You got that part right, old man.
The next general election will be a “battle royale” of “truth versus lies,” where people like me will demonstrate to Malaysians just how many lies people like you spew almost on a daily basis.
Najib has forgotten his former pledges of 1Malaysia and being prime minister for all Malaysians, but he should stop degrading the office of prime minister to incite fear and hatred with lies, false news and fake information to create baseless and unfounded fears to incite racial and religious animosities in the country.
TTF: Yadda yadda yadda…bark bark bark…
So far, all you have done is make claims, none of which are substantiated with evidences of any sort. That makes this article look just like the kind of fluff you’d expect Sarawak Report or Malaysia Chronicle to dish out. If anything, all you’ve managed to do is prove that you’re one heck of an angry, old man.
Najib tries to exude confidence about the outcome of the 14th general election (GE14) but he is uncertain of the results, which explains for his contingency plan in the event of a general election defeat – the “no contest” for the post of Umno president and deputy president in the next Umno general assembly after the next national polls.