15 January 2016
Kit Siang to Ibrahim Ali: We didn’t meet, but you called me, remember?
DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang has denied cooking up a lie about Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali seeking his help to avoid detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
While he confirmed that the two never met, the Gelang Patah MP said Ibrahim did call him to ask for aid.
“I confirm that we never met in the 70s when I was parliamentary oppposition leader and he was a student leader.
“(But) he contacted me by phone one day when he frantically sought my help because the Special Branch was after him and he feared he would be detained under the ISA.” Lim said in a statement today.
The DAP leader reiterated that Ibrahim did not deny this when it was first mentioned in 2010.
Lim said it is now up to Ibrahim to “wrestle with his conscience” and decide whether or not to admit to the incident.
He also advised the former Pasir Mas MP to be honest and to “stop living in a world built on stilts of lies” if he wants his words to be respected.
14 January 2016
I never asked his help, Kit Siang a big liar: Ibrahim Ali
Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali has denied seeking help from Lim Kit Siang during the 1970s in order to evade arrest under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
“He (Lim) is a big liar. This is a big lie by DAP,” he told Malaysiakini.
According to Ibrahim, he never met Lim when he was a student activist and the latter, the parliamentary opposition leader.
“I strongly deny this. He is desperate, so he resorts to personal issues. Lim will make personal attacks if he cannot answer questions,” he charged.
13 January 2016
Ibrahim Ali frantically sought my help to avoid ISA, Kit Siang recalls
Reiterating a flashback, Lim Kit Siang said Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali “frantically” sought his help in the 1970s to escape detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
He questioned how come Ibrahim did not consider him objectionable as a so-called anti-Malay and anti-Islam politician at that point.
During that period, Ibrahim was a student leader while Lim was the parliamentary opposition leader.
The veteran politician said he raised this issue some five years ago, and Ibrahim did not dare challenge it.
“This shows the quality of leadership of the Perkasa chief,” he added in a media statement.
Lim was responding to Ibrahim’s statement yesterday that he suffered sleepless nights after the DAP declared it is not anti-Malay or anti-Islam.
He claimed to be shocked by the statement and said he could not sleep for 50 hours.
Describing the remarks as comical, Lim said: “Clearly, Ibrahim Ali was still talking when sleep-walking.”
The DAP leader once again pointed towards the demonisation of his party and its leaders as planning to undermine the position of Malays and Islam.
“I have been in politics for 50 years, but suddenly, I and other DAP leaders have been demonised as anti-Malay and anti-Islam.
“Why were such lies and falsehoods not used on such massive scale against me in my 50 years of politics, until very lately – particularly after the 13th general election in 2015?” he asked.
The answer, according to Lim, is obvious.
He claimed that the sudden escalation in the campaign of lies, fear and hatred stems from the fear of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Umno propagandists of a defeat in the next general election.
“The escalation of the demonisation campaign against DAP stems from the Umno leadership’s fear of weakness and insecurity and not sense of strength and righteousness,” he added.