Ketua Pembangkang and DAP Secretary-General, Mr. Lim Kit Siang, today issued the following statement (24.9.1973):
LPN should reorganize itself to eliminate maladministration, inefficiency, bungling, corruption and bureaucratism
On Saturday, 22nd Sept., while I was motoring up to Penang to attend the 7th Anniversary Dinner of the Penang DAP, I experienced first hand how stupidly, without imagination whatsoever, the authorities are trying to cope with the second rice crisis this year.
Leaving Bagan Serai and the Perak State Border, and coming to the Sungai Krian Bridge, there was a roadblock and check, presumably to prevent the people of Perak from smuggling rice into Penang.
Having passed the roadblock and crossed the Sungai Krian Bridge, there was another roadblock, this time presumably to prevent the people of Penang from smuggling rice into Perak.
The distance between the two roadblocks is hardly 100 feet, separated only by the Sungai Frin Bridge. Continue reading LPN should reorganize itself to eliminate maladministration, inefficiency, bungling, corruption and bureaucratism
Speech by Ketua Pembangkang, DAP Secretary-General and Member of Parliament for Bandar Melaka, Mr. Lim Kit Siang, at the Seventh Penang DAP Anniversary Dinner held at Fortune Restaurant on Saturday, 22nd Sept. 1973 at 9 p.m.
To counter soaring prices, DAP calls on government to (a) make immediate payment of a COLA of 40% of salary to all low-paid government employees; and (ii) issue a Cabinet guideline to all private employers to make a similar 40% COLA payment to their employees
For over a year, there has been continuous and rapid rise in prices accompanied by continuous fall in the purchasing power of the Malaysian dollar, bringing acute sufferings and hardships to the majority of Malaysians who have low or fixed incomes.
The consumers and the poor have been made to bear the full brunt of the inflation, with the rich getting away scot-free. All the price increases, whether stemming from imported or domestic inflation, price-fixing by cartels and monopoly enterprises, artificial manipulation of the market, or from the government’s highly inflationary fiscal policies such as the Sales Tax, are simply passed on to the final consumers.
Under the present free enterprise system, it is easy for capitalists to insist and maintain their huge profit margins before the inflation. In facts, there are even capitalists who take this opportunity of inflation and confusion to inflate their huge profit margins. Thus, last month, the Finance Minister, Tun Tan Siew Sin, admitted that one of the major causes of inflation was that some importers make profits of 100 per cent or more.
Continue reading DAP wants the LPN and Government to tell the people the full facts about the rise situation in the country
Speech by DAP Secretary-General and Member of Parliament for Bandar Melaka, Mr.Lim Kit Siang, at the National Day and anniversary reception of Muar DAP Branch in Muar on Sunday, 2nd September 1973 at 2p.m
DAP calls on Tun Razak to act bravely and decisively by forthwith establishing full diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China
Although in the last two years, there has been some increase in limited contacts between Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China in the fields of trade and sports, Malaysia is still a long way off from the full normalization of relations between Kuala Lumpur and Peking.
In his Hari Kebangsaan message, the Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak said Malaysia was waiting for the right time for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This was the Alliance government’s position in the previous years as well. It is highly regrettable that there has not been distinct progress make in this direction.
During the nineteen fifties and sixties, Malaysia looked at foreign affairs through American spectacles, and she was even persuaded to regard herself as one of the American led crusaders against the Communists Chinese government.
Continue reading DAP calls for full diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China
Press Statement by Lim Kit Siang, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bandar Melaka on 9 August 1973:
The Finance Minister, Tun Tan Siew Sin, said yesterday that one of the major causes of inflation can be traced to some importers making profits of 100 per cent or more, because of their monopolistic and price-fixing practices.
For the past few months, the Alliance leaders, including the Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak, had put the blame on the shop-keepers and have even advocated a boycott of retail shops.
The DAP, however, had consistently pointed out that the root problem is not the shopkeepers although there may be some hoarding and profiteering but the prices fixed at source either by the manufacturers, the wholesalers or the importers.
We are glad that the Finance Minister, Tun Tan Siew Sin, has at last realised this, and has given instances of how despite the devaluation of British and American currencies, the prices of British and American imports have not gone down correspondingly. On the contrary, their prices have gone up instead. Continue reading DAP calls for effective government action to arrest price inflation in Malaysia
Speech by DAP Secretary-General and Member of Parliament for Bandar Melaka, Mr.Lim Kit Siang, at DAP Public Rally at Kluang on July 29 at 10p.m.
Rising Prices – DAP accuses Alliance Government of only paying lip-service without doing anything concrete to counter inflation in the country
Inside and outside Parliament, Alliance Ministers had expressed concern about rising prices, but it is unfortunate that apart from paying lip-service, the government has not shown any will or ability to check the galloping inflation in the country.
In the last one week, more and more items have increased in price. Only a few days ago, we read of a wide-ranging increase in the prices of meat, which had already increased many times in the past few months. Only just now, I have been informed that bar of Lux soap has gone up in price from 40 cents to 50 cents.
The people of Malaysia are no more interested in reading about speeches and statements by Alliance leaders and Ministers about their concern about inflation and rising prices. They want firm and effective government action to stop this runaway inflation. Continue reading Alliance Government’s lip-service to counter inflation
Speech by Opposition Leader and DAP Secretary-General, Lim Kit Siang, at a DAP Public Rally in Batu Pahat on Sunday, 17th June 1973 at 10 p.m.
1. Call on Government not to discriminate against Chinese and Tamil languages in favour of English.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Ministry of Education have jointly started the ETV, or Education Television, for primary and secondary schools for quite some time.
However, it is highly regrettable that the Government has discriminates against Chinese and Tamil schools in preferences for English schools.
There is English-language Education Television series, whether it be modern mathematics, integrated science, civics, etc. but conspicuously omitted are ETV series in Chinese and Tamil language.
Right from the beginning, all four languages, Malay, English, Chinese and Tamil, had been used for radio school programmes catering to the needs of school children in all language media schools. Continue reading End of Interchangeability between Malaysian and Singapore currencies
Press Statement by Opposition Leader and DAP Secretary-General, Lim Kit Siang, on16 June 1973:
In his speech to a special UMNO meeting yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry, Tun Dr. Ismail, called on the people, political parties and consumers’ associations to help combat the grave problem of rising price and profiteering.
Since last year, the housewives, consumers and those in the low income brackets have borne the brunt of the run-away inflation and galloping price increases of a whole range of goods.
Apart from statements of sympathy and concern, the people cannot see any firm and positive action taken on the part of the government to curb unreasonable price increases.
The opposition parties are prepared to give the government all help in this vital problem, but the government must first take this problem seriously.
For a start, I would suggest that the government form a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Price Increases and Profiteering comprising representatives from all parties represented in Parliament, with powers to hold public hearings and summon witnesses on every unreasonable price increase. Continue reading DAP calls for establishment of Parliamentary Standing Committee Against Rising Prices and Profiteering
Parit Bunter ferry tragedy – DAP presses for immediate government compensation and remedial action
Yesterday, accompanied by DAP National Vice Chairman, Sdr. Daing Ibrahim bin Othman, DAP Deputy Secretary-General and Perak DAP State Assembly leader, Sdr. Ibrahim bin Singgeh, DAP Deputy Secretary-General and M.P. for Batu Gajah, Sdr. Lim Cho Hock, M.P. for Teluk Anson, Sdr. Chan Fu King, Perak State Assemblymen for Kuala Dipang, Sdr. Chan Heng Who, and Perak DAP Women’s Section leaders, I visited the Parit Buntar and Dander Bahru tragedy areas.
The DAP delegation wanted to see for ourselves the actual situation which led and caused the Parit Buntar ferry tragedy which caused 32 lives.
There is no doubt that there is a great sense of betrayal by the people of Parit Buntar and Bandar Baharu. Continue reading Parit Bunter ferry tragedy – DAP presses for immediate government compensation and remedial action
Speech by DAP Secretary-General and Member of Parliament for Bandar Melaka, Mr. Lim Kit Siang, at a meeting of Jalan Petaling hawkers held at DAP Bungsar Office at 63-D Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 25th July 1972 at 10 a.m.
DAP pledge to do all it can to champion the cause and right of Jalan Petaling hawkers
First of all, I wish to thank the Jalan Petaling hawkers for attending this meeting which we have called to find a permanent and satisfactory solution to their problems and livelihood. Continue reading DAP pledge to do all it can to champion the cause and right of Jalan Petaling hawkers
Speech by DAP Organising Secretary, Mr Lim Kit Siang, when inaugurating the DAP Johore Labour Bureau in Johore Bahru on Saturday, 8th June 1968 at 5 pm.
The workers of Malaysia are entering a period of great trials and tribulations. They are facing their greatest challenge and onslaught from the management in the last two decades.
There are already many ominous signs. For the past month, there had been growing and spreading labour unrest in the estates.
Between six to eight thousand rubber tappers and workers had been retrenched. Major strikes are increasing all over the country. In Johore, 1,700 tappers and workers in the Johore Labis Estate in Cha’ah had been on strike for a month. All the indications are that industrial unrest are going to increase and even spread to other sectors of the economy, rather than decrease and subside. Continue reading Great trials and tribulations for Malaysian workers