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Malaysia GE13: Lim Kit Siang calls on Najib to stop race baiting

Published on May 7, 2013 6:51 PM
Democratic Action Party's candidates for the parliamentary seat of Gelang Patah, Mr Lim Kit Siang (in white), and state seat of Skudai, Dr Boo Cheng Hau (in purple), celebrating their victory after polling results were announced on May 5, 2013. Mr Lim said on May 7, 2013 that Prime Minister Najib Razak should stop all race baiting, especially through the Umno-owned paper, Utusan Malaysia. -- SPH PHOTO: NEO XIAOBING

GEORGE TOWN - Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang has called on Prime Minister Najib Razak to stop all race baiting, especially through the Umno-owned paper, Utusan Malaysia, that had a front-page report blaming the Chinese for Barisan Nasional's poor showing in the polls.

"All this race baiting is deplorable and must be stopped," Malaysian Insider quoted the Democratic Action Party stalwart as saying at a press conference.

When told that Mr Najib had defended the newspaper and dismissed a rural and urban divide, Mr Lim said this showed that Mr Najib belonged in the past and not in the future.

"Any enlightened, sensible and rational person will not deny that there is a rural and urban divide so for a Prime Minister to deny this, he does himself a great disservice and will be a laughing stock in the world," the news website quoted Mr Lim as saying.

On Tuesday, Umno's Utusan Malaysia front-paged the question "Apa lagi Cina mahu (What else do the Chinese want?) in what appeared to be an attempt to shape the results of Election 2013 as a Chinese-versus-Malay vote.

Mr Najib had defended the newspaper by saying the coalition's own study contradicted claims that BN is favoured only in rural Malaysia and dismissed polls data showing an urban-rural divide.

"I hope Najib will be a Prime Minister for all Malaysians and take out his racial glasses," Mr Lim said.

He said BN's dismal showing in the polls should not be seen through racial glasses but through issues that affect all Malaysians, regardless of race, according to the report.

"All Malaysians, regardless Malay, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans or Ibans, want prosperity, peace, stability, justice and freedom," he said.

Mr Lim pointed out that his 14,762-majority win in Gelang Patah was also with the support from the Malay community and not only the Chinese.

"I would say about 30 per cent of the support I received are from the Malay voters," he said.

Mr Lim had trounced BN's Abdul Ghani Othman by garnering 54,284 votes while his opponent got 39,522 votes,