The DAP parliamentary leader said Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who presents himself as leader of a moderate nation on the global stage, did not seem to play a role when it came to making decisions on important issues affecting the country.
"There appears to be a convergence of reactionary and undemocratic forces to create a hothouse atmosphere in Malaysia.
“These forces appear to be trying to use the hothouse atmosphere in Malaysia to justify restoring the draconian ISA law," said Lim, the Gelang Patah MP.
Against this backdrop, Najib seemed truly irrelevant and his promise of making Malaysia the best democracy in the world mere rhetoric, said Lim.
Lim asked whether the reactionary and undemocratic forces, led by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had enlisted the support of the police and mainstream media.
"Although this group has yet to nominate their own prime minister, they seem to dictate the policies which must be adopted by the Umno/Barisan Nasional government."
Lim described Utusan Malaysia's clamour for the return of the ISA ludicrous, considering the Umno mouthpiece was the most insensitive when it came to race and religious issues.
"Utusan Malaysia was the one which made the baseless allegation about a non-existent conspiracy by DAP to create a Christian Malaysia," he said.
Dr Mahathir started the ball rolling when he remarked that the ISA was needed to control an extremist minority who were threatening Malaysia's stability.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar then hopped on board the bandwagon, saying he wished and hoped for the ISA to be reintroduced.
Today, Utusan Malaysia warned certain quarters not to touch on sensitive issues pertaining to Malay rights and Islam or else the draconian law would be reintroduced.
Lim also questioned Najib’s silence on the ban on the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR process (Comango).
"What is Najib's stand on this?” he asked.
The Home Ministry's announcement two days ago that Comango was illegal had even attracted the condemnation of the United Nations.
Lim’s son Guan Eng posed a question to Khalid whether the return of the ISA would eradicate corruption.
Guan Eng, who is DAP secretary-general, asked if the ISA should be revived so that it could be used to detain Malaysians without trial and to deny their rights to religious freedom as had been in the past.
"Can the ISA stop corruption? Can ISA stop the cabotage policy and implement 1Malaysia?
"Can the ISA solve the illegal migrant issues in Sabah or even build the Pan-Borneo Highway?" he asked when officiating the Sabah DAP ordinary convention in Kota Kinabalu today.
Guan Eng, who is also Penang chief minister, slammed Barisan Nasional for allegedly making Sabah "the poorest state" in the country under the coalition's rule of more than 50 years.
He said Pakatan Rakyat has promised to turn Sabah into one of the richest state through “maximum governance, minimal government”.
He said good governance would ensure the rule of law was followed, corruption stopped, social justice for the poor guaranteed, and a continuous pursuit of excellence with minimal interference in private sector business, private lives of individuals and their religious beliefs.
"With minimal government, we want to respect fully the rights of citizens as anak Sabah and anak Malaysia."
He said the DAP's dream for Sabah was to bring basic facilities to the poor, change, dignity, freedom, justice, democracy and integrity.
"By using DAP’s limited resources to provide water and electricity to native Sabah villages neglected by BN for more than 50 years, we can prove that we can do much more in government than the little we are able to do as an opposition party.
"What has BN done to reassure Sabahans that their state is an equal partner in the Malaysian federation?
"BN has failed to undertake even the basic duty of providing security to Sabahans from criminals and foreign invaders. Even tourists can be killed and kidnapped at will," he said, referring to the killing of a Taiwanese tourist and the kidnap of his wife on Pom Pom Island by foreign gunmen last November.
Guan Eng said unlike BN which brought price hikes and stoked the "fire of racial and religious hatred", PR had performed better in government.
In Penang, he said, the state kept its word by not imposing any hikes in water tariff, quit rent and assessment this year.
"We have provided economic growth and job opportunities until we have a worker shortage. We are also becoming the only state in Malaysia to wipe out poverty.
"For those who claimed that investment is declining in Penang, I refer to the written reply by the prime minister to Kuching MP Chong Chien Jen in Parliament in September 2013," he said.
The parliamentary reply stated that Penang had the most foreign investments at RM19.7 billion with 186 projects from 2010 to August last year.
The other four states in the top five were Johor (RM16.7 billion), Sarawak (RM15.6 billion), Selangor (RM15 billion) and Kedah (RM8 billion).
"Sabah is in the bottom five but PR promises to get the state back in the top five with maximum governance and minimum government," he said. – January 11, 2014.