Lim Kit Siang Biography
Lim Kit Siang is a Malaysian politician born on 20th February 1941 in Batu Pahat District, Malaysia. He is a leader of the Democratic Action Party (DAP). He served as the opposition leader of Malaysian for 24 years (1975 – 1999) and for another four years from 2004 – 2008.
His birthplace was questioned by Pertubuhan Minda Sosial Prihatin (PMSP) president Ramesh Rao, who noticed Lim’s Wikipedia page stated that he arrived in Malaya in 1957. Lim was infuriated when asked by the press, where he told the reporters to do their own research before asking him such question, adding that he felt sorry for the journalist.
Lim Kit Siang Education Background
He attended Batu Pahat High School and later joined the University of London
Lim Kit Siang Political Career
He began his career in politics in 1966 when he became the National Organising Secretary of the DAP until 1969. He was also the editor of the ‘Rocket’, the party’s newspaper.
In 1969 he was promoted to Secretary-General after being the acting Secretary-General for a short period during a turbulent period in the country’s history.
He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Bandar Melaka in 1969. His election was faced by challenges as the law prohibited an election agent who had previously failed to discharge his duties from standing for election in the future. The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak, moved a motion in Parliament to prevent Lim from serving as an MP, granting him instead a period of time to request a royal pardon from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King). After receiving the royal pardon, Lim was allowed to retain his seat.
Lim Kit Siang served as a Member of Parliament for various constituencies in four states which included;
- 1974 – 1978: Kota Melaka
- 1978 – 1982: Petaling, Selangor
- 1982 – 1986: Kota Melaka
- 1986 – 1999: Tanjong, Penang
- 2004 – 2013: Ipoh Timor, Perak
- 2013 : Gelang Patah, Johor
He only lost his seat in 1999 to 2004 t due to the Chinese disenchantment with DAP entering into a political pact with the Islamist PAS for the general elections.
He also served as a state assemblyman in Melaka and Penang during the following periods: Kubu, Melaka (1974–1982); Kampong Kolam, Penang (1986–1990); and Padang Kota, Penang (1990–1995).
He has also served as the opposition leader of Malaysia three times over a span of 29 years.He was first elected as the opposition leader for an 18 month stint from January 1973 to July 1974.
In November 1975 he was elected for the same position and held it for the next 24 years before he lost his parliamentary seat in the 1999 general elections. He served in the post once more for a four-year
stint following the 2004 general elections until 2008.
In 1999 he was elected as DAP chairman succeeding Chen Man Hin.He refused re appoimtment as the chairman and Karpal Singh was elected to replace him. He was then elected as of “Policy and Strategic Planning Commission”.
During the 2004 general election he was elected as the member of parliament for Ipoh Timor and he became the Parliamentary Opposition Leader.
In March 2008 during the General Elections he was re elected as the Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor with a majority of 21,942 votes.
In the 2013 general elections he was elected as the member of parliament for Gelang Patah. He called this election the “dirtiest ever GE in Malaysian history” and has called for a “clean” election.
Lim Kit Siang Imprisonment
In 1969 Kit Siang was detained under the Internal Security Act for 18 months. In 1979, ten years later, he was convicted of five charges under Official Secrets Act for exposing an inappropriate arms deal between the government and a Swiss company.
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In 1987 during the ‘Operation Lalang’ he was arrested and spent 17 months in prison under the Internal Security Act, which allows for two years of detention without trial at the pleasure of the Home Minister.
The two-year sentence may, in practice, be extended indefinitely without any avenues for due process or appeal.
Lim Kit Siang Scandals
In 1992, Lim Kit Siang was suspended from Parliament for eight months for calling on the then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to present a White Paper in Parliament on the outcome of ACA re-opening of investigations into the MIC President and the Minister for Energy, Posts and Telecommunications, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and the MAIKA Telekom shares hijacking scandal.
Lim Kit Siang Books
- 1978: Time Bombs in Malaysia
- 1978: DAP and Labour Issues
- 1982: Malaysia in the Dangerous 80s
- 1983: Constitutional Crisis in Malaysia
- 1983: This Day in the Last 18 Months
- 1984: The BMF Scandal
- 1984: Harris Salleh – Politics & Morality
- 1985: Human rights In Malaysia
- 1986: Malaysia – Crisis of Identity
- 1986: BMF – The Scandal Of Scandals
- 1987: The North-South Highway Scandal
- 1990: Prelude To Operation Lalang
- 1991: The Dirtiest General Elections In The History of Malaysia
- 1991: Selected Speeches & Press Statements – Vol. I
- 1992: Samy Vellu and MAIKA Scandal
- 1992: Battle For Democracy
- 1992: Vijandran Pornographic Videotape Scandal II
- 1994: The Bank Negara RM30 Billion Forex Losses Scandal
- 1994: The Highland Tower Tragedy
- 1994: Pendedahan Skandal Kewangan – Siapa Petualang FELCRA?
- 1994: Land Acquisition Act – Abuses, Injustices, Reform
- 1997: I.T. For All
- 1997: Cyberlaws in Malaysia
- 1998: Economic & Financial Crisis
- 1998: Political & Economic Crisis in Malaysia
- 1999: The Budget That Was Never Passed
- 2000: Constitutional Case of the Millennium
- 2001: BA & Islamic State
- 2002: No To 929
- 2004: DAP
Lim Kit Siang Cancer
In December 2017 he underwent an operation to remove a minor tumor that was on his left kidney. The tumor was discovered during his routine medical check up.
“This minor tumour was discovered during his routine medical check-up. A biopsy done on this tumour showed that it was Stage 1a cancer, which is the lowest cancer level.” Guang Eng said.
Guan Eng, who is Kit Siang’s son, said the Gelang Patah MP is expected to make a full recovery without any complications. He added that Kit Siang was already stretching his legs.
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Bung Moktar’s tips will make UMNO an eternal opposition, never to return to the corridors of power
I am tickled no end by the tips given by UMNO Supreme Council member Bung Karno Radin on how to be an effective opposition.
He said Umno should adopt the mindset and modus operandi of Pakatan Harapan when the latter was still the federal opposition, “walloping” and throwing apparent allegations around with no fear of legal consequences.
He said: “They fight the (then-BN) government non-stop, they kept throwing speculation and as a result, many of them were charged in courts. They just walloped Umno and BN, they don’t care.
“So, we want to work out like that. Or better than the previous opposition.”
Bung Karno’s tips will make UMNO an eternal opposition, never to return to the corridors of power.
In my 53 years in Opposition politics, I never operated in the manner described by Bung Karno as the role of Opposition leaders, and I can say the same for the other Pakatan Harapan leaders.
I do not believe Malaysians voted for a change of government in Putrajaya because they support our fighting the Barisan Nasional non-stop, “walloping” UMNO and BN and throwing “apparent allegations around” with no fear of legal consequences.
This only shows the it is not just Najib Razak who has still to wake up from his bubble and denial syndrome over the UMNO/BN electoral disaster, many UMNO/BN leaders themselves have not really learnt the reasons why they had been rejected by the electorate in the 14GE.
I am prepared to give free tuition to UMNO/BN on how to be an constructive and effective opposition, for I want to see the historic and watershed 14GE on May 9,. 2018 plant firm roots of democracy in Malaysia – which means checks-and-balance mechanisms not only in the ruling parties themselves, but also effective and constructive roles by the Opposition, the media and civil society.
But DEFINITELY not the role of an Opposition envisaged by Bung Karno, which is dishonest, destructive and divisive for a democratic and successful Malaysian society.
Time to dream big, Kit Siang tells Malaysians
LIM Kit Siang does not want Malaysians to manage their expectations.
He does not want them to think in terms of small changes and piecemeal improvement in governance or to be limited by communal sentiments.
“Malaysians can dare to dream again – and dream big. Many had given up hope, as witnessed by the mass migration of the best and brightest.
“Even worse, for the past few years, Malaysians whether in the country or part of the diaspora were ashamed to admit that they were Malaysians because of the infamy of the kleptocracy.
“Malaysia and Malaysians are coming in from the cold,” Lim told the Malaysian Insight.
For a start, the Pakatan Harapan government wants to build a country where people treat each other as fellow Malaysians.
This nation can then be beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world, he said.
His words will offer comfort to Malaysians who after having witnesses so many false dawns in the country are a cynical lot.
They believe that the euphoria of a new Malaysia following May 9 will
die off shortly and it will be a return to the days when race and religious dominate discourse and decision-making.
In an interview with The Malaysian Insight, Lim shared his feelings about the historic GE14 especially for a politician who spent close to five decades on the losing side.
Below are excerpts of the interview.
TMI: What went through your mind when it became clear that victory was won?
Lim Kit Siang: Firstly, a sense of relief that the country had been spared the agony and trauma which would accompany a hung Parliament – the PAS leadership declared its intention to be the “king-maker”, by winning 40 Parliamentary seats, to prop up Najib Razak as the prime minister despite the 1MDB scandal. Political Islam in Malaysia will never recover from such an unprincipled association!
Secondly, laying to rest the spectre of May 13.
TMI: You once said DAP wanted nothing more than to be a strong, loyal opposition. Then came the 2008 tsunami and a DAP leader became chief minister. How do you feel now that DAP has achieved what was once thought unattainable?
Lim Kit Siang: I never expected to see a change of federal government in my lifetime. It was a dream come true not only for me but for entire generations of Malaysians – particularly those in the 60s, 70s, and above.
It was an unique experience – the feeling of hope renewed, a Malaysia reborn, of being given a second chance to reset nation-building policies.
TMI: Should Malaysians dare to dream or should we manage our expectations given racial and religious considerations?
Lim Kit Siang: Malaysians can dare to dream again – and dream big. Many had given up hope in Malaysia, as witnessed the mass migration of the best and brightest of Malaysians overseas over the decades, creating the Malaysian Ddaspora.
Even worse, for the past few years, Malaysians whether inside the country or in the Malaysian Diaspora were ashamed to admit that they were Malaysians because of the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of a
TMI: PH was won on the promise that it could bring down the price of food, housing, healthcare. Can PH realistically achieve these goals?
Lim Kit Siang: Pakatan Harapan must prove that the Malaysian Spring of May 9, 2018 is not an Arab Spring. To give Malaysians more freedom, democracy and a better life. But this cannot be achieved overnight, it will take some time to undo the decades of misrule and undemocratic governance.
TMI: When you look at Najib Razak and his wife, what do you see? Do you feel any empathy?
Lim Kit Siang: What a great opportunity for good lost. Najib promised Malaysians “the world’s best democracy”. He delivered instead a global kleptocracy.
What is unforgivable is Najib’s role in the 1MDB scandal and his indifference to Malaysia being regarded by the world as a global kleptocracy.
It will be his lasting ignominy.
TMI: What’s next for Lim Kit Siang? You are not in the cabinet. What will your role be?
Lim Kit Siang: I have declined to be nominated to the cabinet as I believe that there are enough young and idealistic talents from the DAP to serve as Ministers.
I will continue to play my role to build a New Malaysia, where we treat each other as fellow-Malaysians to build a great Malaysian nation which can be “a beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world” and not to become a “disturbed and distracted” nation ourselves.
Source: The Malaysian Insight (10th June 2018)