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TJ KB LKS: GPMS - Ugutan dan Keceluparan Berlebihan
By Lim Kit Siang
21/12/2000 12:27 pm Thu
Sumber: BungaRaya List
Terjemahan Ringkas sambil tokok tambah:
Pengulas: Kapal Berita
Pemimpin Umno, khususnya Mahathir dll. memang tidak sewajarnya dan
bertindak biadap dengan menggunakan Suqui untuk menjustifikasikan
sikap GPMS untuk melalak tak tentu hala dengan ugutan 100 tuntutan
serta ugutan perarakan 100,000 orang melayu di Bukit Jalil pada 14/1/2001.
Semalam Hamid Albar turut menjadi burung belatuk mengikut rentak Mahathir.
Sikap sebgini bukannya akan meredakan keadaan, sebaliknya ia kan
Sekali lagi Suqui dituduh bukan-bukan. Prasangka terhadap Suqui digembar
gembur dengan sengaja untuk tujuan politik, padahal Suqui telah menyatakan
dengan hitam-putih (terang-terang) bahawa ia tidak bermaksud langsung untuk
mencabar ketuanan Melayu sebagaimana yang termaktub di dalam perlembagaan.
Sewajarnya isu itu tidak diapi-apikan lagi dengan pelbagai cerita yang
menimbulkan lebih prasangka terhadap pihak yang tidak bermaksud untuk
Tidak perlu GPMS menganjurkan perhimpunan 100,000 kerana Suqui sendiri tidak
pernah pun menganjurkan sebarang perhimpunan besar-besaran seperti itu,
samada 100,00 cina, 100,000 india, 100,000 melayu, hatta 100,000 rakyat
Sikap Umno itu hanya akan menakutkan pelabur dan sengaja bermain api perkauman
untuk meraih sokongan sahaja. Mengapa Umno menyetujui rayuan Suqui sebelum pemilu,
tetapi kini cuba berkonfrontasi dengannya pula. Tidakkah itu satu sikap yang
menipu dan opotunis yang tidak tahu malu?
GPMS sepatutnya menyatakan dengan terang lagi bersuluh apakah 100 tuntutan mereka
yang amat banyak itu, bukannya bising tidak tentu hala mahu 'mengajar' Suqui
yang cuma merayu 83 isu yang menghimpit rakyat itu. Tuntutan GPMS tersebut
hanya akan menjadi ujian asid apakah Mahathir memang mahu membawa negara
ini menuju kepada keharmonian dan kemajuan, atau hanya sekadar untuk
memberikan kesenangan dan kemajuan buat spesis umno baru(a) sahaja menikmati
kekayaan di negara ini.
GPMS FLAME AND THREAT: ACID TEST TO PROSPERITY
Media Statement by DAP National Chairman Lim Kit Siang in Penang on Tuesday,
December 19, 2000:
GPMS' inflammatory rhetoric and threats - acid test of Mahathir's two-decade premiership on Malaysian nation-building
UMNO leaders, from the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad,
downwards are being extremely unreasonable and irresponsible in using Suqiu
to justify or condone the provocative actions of the Federation of
Peninsular Malay Students (GPMS), which openly admitted that it is
retaliating to Suqui by upping the ante and resorting to more inflammatory
communal rhetoric as making 100 Demands and threatening a 100,000 Malays
Protest Rally at Bukit Jalil Stadium after January 14 next year.
Yesterday, Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar joined the ranks of UMNO
leaders to justify or condone GPMS actions, when he said that the 17-point
Suqiu would unavoidably cause a reaction from other parties.
The pertinent question is not whether there are reactions to Suqiu, but
whether the reactions are reasonable, commensurate or so wild and reckless
as to constitute a threat to national unity and security.
In this particular case, Suqiu has been accused of challenging Malay special
rights whereas Suqiu (Elections Appeal) Committee had clarified in
black-and-white that it had never intended to suggest that Malay special
rights which were stipulated in the Constitution be abolished and that the
thrust of its demands was to create a united, democratic, just, progressive
and equitable Malaysian nation.
The matter should have been allowed to rest at that stage, as there could be
no justification for anyone to try to escalate ethnic tensions by upping the
ante and resorting to more inflammatory communal rhetoric, as in demanding
that the post of the prime minister be reserved exclusively for only
Malays, to raise the quota of intake for Malay students in local public
universities to 70 percent, and in private universities and colleges to 60
percent, the issuance of passports only to Malaysians that understand Bahasa
Melayu and that the Minister of Education be given the power to dissolve any
school, including Chinese vernacular schools. (Malaysiakini 18.12.2000)
What justification is there for GPMS to threaten a 100,000 Malays Protest
Rally as retaliation to Suqiu when Suqiu never organised a 100,000 Chinese
Rally, 100,000 Indians Rally, 100,000 Malays Rally or even 100,000
By condoning and justifying the attempt by GPMS to escalate ethnic tensions
because of Suqiu, UMNO leaders are not only being extremely unreasonable
and irresponsible, but are doing a great disservice to the country by their
preparedness to plunge the country into an unprecedented communal crisis
which could only frighten away investors, both local and foreign.
If the Cabinet could "accept in principle" the 83 demands of Suqiu before
the last general election, even though it was not a genuine and sincere
acceptance as the Prime Minister had admitted in Parliament that it was
purely motivated by the desire to coral the Chinese votes, it could only
mean that UMNO Ministers were nonetheless persuaded that Suqiu did not
represent a fundamental constitutional challenge to the Malay special rights.
Or are UMNO leaders admitting that they were so opportunistic in the last
general election that they were prepared to agree to the abolition of Malay
special rights just to win Chinese votes?
Although MCA President Datuk Seri Dr. Ling Liong Sik has conceded that 98%
of the Suqiu demands was acceptable to everybody, all the MCA, Gerakan and
SUPP Ministers should make clear their stand as to whether the remaining 2%
of the Suqiu demands constituted a challenge to Malay special rights - which
had been denied by Suqiu.
GPMS is entitled to formulate and publicise its 100 Demands, but not to up
the ante to resort to more inflammatory rhetoric, and I for one am looking
forward to the contents of these 100 Demands - which would be an acid test
as to the success of the two-decade Prime Ministership of Mahathir in
building a more united Malaysian nation and promoting greater Malaysian
consciousness as to justify the enunciation of Vision 2020 and the Bangsa
- Lim Kit Siang -