I DISTINCTLY recall one incident involving Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik. At the opening of a conference after all the pleasantries, he read a line which said that a programme his ministry had implemented had been received well by the rakyat. As soon as he finished the sentence, he blurted out the word "bullshit" which shocked the audience.
He looked at senior ministry officials and asked "Who vetted this speech?" There was silence. He said, "I disagree; let's tell the truth and not put words into the rakyat's mouth."
That episode sent a strong message to his officials that he was a no-nonsense man and that nobody could fool him as he had the facts and figures at the back of his hand.
When he walked into a room, you felt his larger-than-life presence; it was a presence that warmed the heart and was not overbearing or intimidating. The entrepreneurial spirit that oozed through his pores even as he spoke left no doubt that whatever Dr Lim put his mind to, he would die trying to accomplish.
He was certainly one of the more exciting politicians around. We will miss him and his openness.S Paul (the Sun)
AND YET……We have that SOMEBODY who said that it is legal to give citizenship to immigrants from the Philippines and Indonesia they spoke Malay! This same SOMEBODY also said:
He also claimed that the first Prime Minister….., Tunku Abdul Rahman, had done worse by giving citizenship to one million unqualified people (Chinese and Indians?) in peninsula Malaysia, and lamented that no one had made it an issue (not even this SOMEBODY!)
Of course granting citizenship after due process is acceptable…..but granting them to ensure that these new citizens would assist to vote out a majority Christian party is devious and even TREASONOUS!
Isn’t it LEGAL to give citizenship to the thousands of Indians who were born here? They were dismissed because they did not have a birth certificate! What about the thousands of children born out of wedlock scavenging around the Chow Kit area because they are not allowed into schools…..because they have no birth certificate! Did the thousands in Sabah and Sarawak received citizenship although they were not born there and did they have to produce any birth certification? Conveniently NO!
“…..let's tell the truth and not put words into the rakyat's mouth."
TUN LIM KENG YAIK