WITH the revelation by DAP National chairman Lim Guan Eng in the Penang State Assembly that Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan had no knowledge of the so-called Bahan Kempen Komunikasi BN, the onus now lies on Bersatu Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan to prove that the booklet was indeed a BN publication.
The document was supposedly used in the BN’s 15th General Election (GE15) campaign.
The former Bersatu information chief had challenged Guan Eng to sue BN over allegations made by PAS Kepala Batas MP Siti Mastura Mohamad that Guan Eng and I are related to the late Malayan Communist Party leader Chin Peng and founder Singapore premier Lee Kuan Yew whom Mastura named as “Lim Kuan Yew”.
But the onus is now on Wan Saiful to prove that the booklet was a BN publication, who was responsible for it and when it was published.
It will be a mark of the continuation of the national decline of Malaysia and our inability to correct course and rise up again as a great world-class nation if our educational and political systems are identified with kangkung professors, MPs who are media illiterates and PhD holders who cannot identify lies, falsehoods, fake news and hate speech.
It makes me wonder why the Opposition today – whether Bersatu or PAS – attract the worst in the Malaysian society instead of the best and whether these political parties can reform or will take Malaysia in the direction of a failed, divided and kleptocratic state.
I urge the Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul, the Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin and the Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek to take serious note of the serious deterioration of the standards in our political and educational systems and to take remedial measures before it is too late. – Nov 22, 2023
Veteran lawmaker and retired DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang was Malaysia’s longest-serving opposition leader (29 years on three separate occasions).
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