Donít be ultra wanna-be, Khairy told
- From: pluto <pluto@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 06:08:27 +0800
Don?t be ultra wanna-be, Khairy told
Sep 5, 05 7:14pm
Tunku Abdul Rahman?s cherished status as the father of the nation?s
independence has never been questioned by anyone, let alone opposition
party DAP, said party leader Lim Kit Siang.
In a statement, he said the DAP had always recognised the Tunku?s iconic
standing in the history of the country, specifically his struggle for
eventual independence 48 years ago.
Lim was yesterday challenged by Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin
(photo) to debate in the Parliament as to whether Tunku Abdul Rahman was
the Father of Independence.
The exchange was triggered by DAP international secretary and NGO bureau
chief Ronnie Liu who, a day earlier, had said that Umno leaders were not
the real fighters in the struggle for Malaysia?s independence.
"Firstly, Khairy should not challenge anyone to a debate in Parliament
until he has become a MP himself. Secondly, my stand on Tunku as Bapa
Malaysia and Bapa Merdeka had been clear and consistent," said Lim (photo).
Other pertinent matters
The Ipoh Timur parliamentarian pointed out that DAP had organised a 28th
National Day reception in honour of Tunku as Bapa Malaysia at the Dewan
Hang Tuah in Melaka on Aug 30, 1985 to honour him.
"The DAP and the Tunku (photo) have had our differences, but these do not
detract from the Tunku?s greatness as Father of Independence, as the main
spirit behind our constitution and system of parliamentary democracy, and
of his contribution to nation building."
Lim urged Khairy to stop being ?a political ultra? and instead try to
follow in Tunku's footsteps to defend democracy, justice and national unity
?as an up-and-coming Umno politician in the 21st century?.
He said Khairy and Umno Youth should pursue other more pertinent matters
including why suspended Umno vice-president Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad was
still carrying out his ministerial duties as federal territories minister.
"Why are Khairy and Umno Youth silent in not demanding that Isa be sacked
or at least suspended as cabinet minister until the outcome of his appeal
in Umno before the party?s disciplinary board and that his case be referred
to the Anti-Corruption Agency and the Attorney-General?s Chambers for
"It is sad and even tragic if the fastest up-and-coming Umno politician in
the country prefers to be blind, deaf and mute to these and many other
burning issues in the country.?
In a separate statement, Ronnie Liu said Khairy had twisted the contents of
his statement regarding Tunku Abdul Rahman.
"I was shocked and saddened to learn that Khairy Jamaluddin has twisted the
facts of my statement at his press conference on Sunday.
"I wish to state categorically that I have never rejected Tunku Abdul
Rahman as Bapa Merdeka...and I challenge Khairy to a public debate to prove
Liu said his statement was aimed at getting Malaysians in general and the
young generation in particular to better understand the history of
"I wanted to remind Malaysians that we have today, a beautiful Malaysia, is
fruit of the blood, sweat and tears of our forefathers from all the (ethnic
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