Oct 6, 2006

Khairy will be the cause of the downfall of the Abdullah premiership

After Abdullah, the next in line is the son-in-law?

Extracted from The Sun
Kit Siang questions PM's stand on 'marginalisation'

PETALING JAYA: Parliamentary Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang today (Oct 6, 2006) questioned the position taken by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on marginalisation.

He said while Abdullah has said that Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's comment about the "marginalisation" of the Chinese in Malaysia is hurtful and could have incited the people, but he has said nothing about Umno Youth vice-chief Khairy Jamaluddin's earlier statement about the "marginalisation" of the Malays in Penang and facing the "same fate of being marginalised" as the Malays in Singapore.

"If the Malays in Penang have been marginalised, who must bear the responsibility?" Lim asked in a ceramah in Bercham, Ipoh, last night (Oct 5, 2006).

Lim said for the past 13 years since 1993, the No. 1 or No. 2 in the Federal Government had come from Penang Umno, starting with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Deputy Prime Minister in 1993, then Abdullah as DPM after Anwar, and from Oct 31, 2003, with Abdullah as Prime Minister.

"If the Malays in Penang are marginalised after 13 years having the top Umno leader in Penang as Deputy Prime Minister or Prime Minister, shouldn't Umno bear the biggest responsibility?," he asked.

Lim said the question of marginalisation "appears to have not gone away and can be seen in the recent case of how BN Youth handled Khairy's comments".

He said Khairy emerged triumphant while MCA and Gerakan Youths had to admit that No.2 Umno youth leader had been "misinterpreted".

"They even have to go to the ground to explain and defend Khairy's statements," said Lim.

MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai tried to present a tougher line by publicly asking Khairy to prove he has no intention of hurting the feelings of the Chinese community.

"This was when he found himself the object of ridicule and derision not only among the general public, but also among MCA and MCA Youth members,," said Lim.

He said one Chinese newspaper commentator had said Khairy was destroying his political future in adopting his truculent, arrogant and communal stance.

"Khairy would not agree that he is destroying his own political future but sees himself as following notorious examples of carving out the well-trodden path to the political summit by assuming the mantle as the leading ultra in the country and shamelessly playing the race card to become the Malay communal hero," he added.

Lim said the more important and pertinent question is whether Khairy's stand would harm the multi-racial fabric of Malaysia.

He said when Abdullah declared he was in control in Havana, Cuba, two weeks ago, the Prime Minister should demonstrate so by exercising control on the Umno youth No.2 who is also his son-in-law.

"If the Prime Minister does not exercise check and discipline of Khairy, it will be the cause of the downfall of the Abdullah premiership," he added.

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