Gerakan refutes Lim Kit Siang’s unfounded accusations in video backlash Dominic Lau Hoe Chai challenges Lim to prove his case and be more responsible in making public statements in order to stop unnecessary politicking

Press statement by

Gerakan Vice President cum Central Publicity & New Media Bureau Chairman

Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai

14 February 2014

With regards to Lim Kit Siang’s comments yesterday that blamed MCA and Gerakan who had misled UMNO in the Teresa Kok’s video, Gerakan vice-president cum Central Publicity & New Media Bureau Chairman Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai refuted the claim as Gerakan holds that all political leaders should be more sensitive towards current issues and make conscious and voluntary effort to depoliticize during traditional festive seasons such as the Chinese New Year.

 

“Lim Kit Siang is a well-experienced politician whom I admire. However, he was clearly barked up at the wrong tree on this issue, ticking off MCA and Gerakan for misleading UMNO as he willfully believed and put DAP in a difficult situation which was never the case. In truth, Gerakan leaders have publicly condemned those who have overreacted on the issue, including certain UMNO leaders. Therefore, I challenge Lim to prove his case as I strongly believe we must be held accountable to our words moreover in the case of Lim as a seasoned politician he should have perceived and studied the issue impartially with greater insights,” stressed Lau.

 

According to Lau, Gerakan is a party with the main principle of emphasizing national and racial harmonious. Any party that intentionally or unintentionally raises social unrest will not be tolerated to prevent social instability. DAP has further divided our society through this video, thus Gerakan would not mind if DAP needs Gerakan’s help to solve this difficult situation. He also questioned whether Lim’s action in defending the controversial video is a sign of acquiescing the undesired culture of bitter politicking and smear campaign through irresponsible and bad taste political showmanship.

 

On the other hand, Lau also ridiculed Lim Kit Siang’s comments that Gerakan is too weak to condemn Taib’s intention to become a Chief Minister of Sarawak after resigning. He stressed that Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang had previously urged Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to consider resigning only after June 2014, to avoid triggering another costly by-election as he pointed out that according to the state constitution, there would be no by-election if there is a casual vacancy within two years of the expiry of the state legislative assembly term which expires on June 20, 2016.

 

“We would like to question Lim, what is the ground for us to oppose Taib’s intention? Anyone who is eligible and supported by the state people are qualified to become the state’s Chief Minister. And we are surely not going to oppose Lim if he intends to become the Sarawak Chief Minister if he is also qualified. Moreover, Taib’s courage and response on the “Allah” issue are much better than Anwar and the Selangor MB, not to mention that under Taib’s leadership, Sarawak is commonly known as the country most harmonious state in terms of racial and religious matters. As such, it is not surprising that Taib is welcomed favourably by the local Sarawakians. Otherwise, it would be impossible for him to stay in power for as long as 33 years,” added Lau.

 

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