1. Lim Kit Siang highlighted how Najib Razak’s Global Movement of Moderates proposal was praised during the APEC foreign ministers meeting in Beijing a couple of days ago.
2. Kit Siang also recalled how the GMM was germinated during Najib’s maiden speech at the UN general assembly in September 2010. The DAP senior MP reminded his constituents in Gelang Patah (where he delivered his speech yesterday) that Najib had previously commended the POTUS for Obama’s “courageous public position” in condemning the plan to burn the Quran by Florida pastor Terry Jones.
3. Kit Siang then quoted Najib’s UN speech where our PM had urged Obama “to galvanise the moderates, bring in the non-governmental organizations and social movements so that more people could see the importance of taking a moderate stance”.
Wow. It is not every day that Grandpapa Dapster boleh begitu teruja (take such a shine) dengan musuh ketat DAP, iaitu si presiden Umno.
4. Kit Siang is, in fact, keeping count of the number times that Najib speaks about moderation to a global audience at international forums.
5. Kit Siang once again quoted Najib ‘s recent speech at the UN where he said the Malaysian PM “set out for the third time the world agenda for moderation”.
Double wow. For Grandpapa Dapster to keep quoting him and his moderation agenda in such glowing terms, Najib must be doing something right in Kit Siang’s view and to Kit Siang’s liking.
“The fight against extremism is not about Christians versus Muslims, or Muslims versus Jews, but moderates versus extremists of all religions. We therefore need to rally a coalition of moderates; those willing to reclaim their religion, and pursue the path to peace.” – Najib’s quotable quote reproduced by Kit Siang to share with us all
6. Kit Siang urged Najib to quickly “mobilise a coalition of moderates in Umno and BN to reclaim their religion and pursue the path to peace and moderation”. (By the BN’s religion, he must mean Islam.)
7. Kit Siang is waiting for Umno and BN leaders to take action against the “extremists” so that we can “build a future based on peace, harmony and security for all, regardless of faith”.
8. Kit Siang complained about the extremists and other intolerant Malaysians too whose noise has become louder and more insistent. He further complained that “new rhetorics of hatred, intolerance and extremism are becoming quite commonplace”.
9. Kit Siang believes that Najib’s concept of moderation will be able to stem the hatred, intolerance and extremism – if only the PM is willing to immediately clamp down on the racists, bigots and hate spewers.
10. Kit Siang then brought up a TMI editorial a few days ago where portal’s editor had said:
“Just like what happened in Afghanistan after the fight to rid of Soviet occupiers, those without political power used religion and race to win over and control the population. It happened there and it appears to be an emerging tactic here.”
(TMI said “those without political power used religion and race to win over and control the population”.
Umno has always held strong political power from the first day of Merdeka. Those without political power at federal level all this while are the DAP evangelistas.
Is TMI suggesting that the DAP evangelista politicians are using religion and race to win over and control the population?
11. Kit Siang appears convinced that Najib’s moderates movement will prevent Malaysia’s “lurch towards Talibanisation”.
12. Kit Siang cited Najib’s formula that we must call “go beyond just ‘tolerate’ but to ‘accept’ and even celebrate Malaysia’s multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multicultural diversity. Like I said, Kit Siang has suddenly become a fan of our PM and quoting Najib endlessly.
13. Kit Siang quoted Najib on how Malaysia can become “a role model of moderation for other countries” through the determination of Malaysians from multi-ethnic and multicultural backgrounds maintaining inter-religious understanding, harmony and peace.
14. Kit Siang reiterated that “Malays and Islam are not under attack in Malaysia”. According to him, it is “multiracial, multi-religious and multicultural Malaysia which is under siege by intolerant and extremist forces which are trying to turn moderation into a dirty word in Malaysia”.
15. Kit Siang is concerned that “the forces of hatred, intolerance and extremism [are] rearing their ugly heads”. These forces of hatred, intolerance and extremism are jeopardizing Najib’s moderate agenda.
16. Kit Siang and the DAP (led by his son Guan Eng) promise to do all that is within their means to help Najib Razak achieve his moderate agenda for Malaysia.